The third annual Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival is 4 to 8 p.m. April 21 at Westwing Park, 27100 N. Westwing Parkway. The festival cultivates and celebrates the natural resources the environment has to offer through food, music, learning, entertainment and family fun.
“The city of Peoria recently achieved a STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability; and as we continue to demonstrate our commitment to carefully managing our precious resources, we are proud to offer Peoria families fun and engaging ways to learn more about how they can incorporate sustainability into their own lives,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.
“In addition to drawing attention to the importance of conservation, Earth Day is also a perfect opportunity to celebrate sustainability and earth-friendly practices in a fun way the whole family can enjoy,” said Lisa Estrada, economic efficiency and sustainability manager for the city.
Returning for its third year, the Planetpalooza festival will feature student and adult recycle fashion shows hosted by WHAM Art Association. Garden demonstrations, beekeepers, the Mad Scientist, recycled artwork and Peoria’s Desert Defenders superheroes will be on hand to promote water and energy conservation and recycling. Deb’s Dragons and Phoenix Herpetological Society will be there to teach youths about the importance each animal plays in the ecosystem.
Attendees can learn to be more sustainable in daily life while also enjoying giveaways, crafts, the Eco Kids’ Zone, Front Porch Pickins handcrafted items, food trucks and live music from VansGuard and The Hamptons, photo booths, face painting, hippie Hula-Hoop entertainment and more. Planetpalooza is sponsored by Dignity Health, Salt River Project, CareScape and Bank 34. For details, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/planetpalooza.