The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. This year is the 26th celebration, and will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, five entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.
Exhibitors At EarthFair, you’ll find traditional conservation organizations, wildlife preservation groups, products made from natural and organically grown crops, organic gardening information, alternative energy vehicles, ecotourism opportunities, many alternative and traditional health care products and services, pet adoption services, clean air and clean water products, rainforest preservation groups, and more.
Special for Kids In the Children’s Activity Area participants will learn to make paper, find out about recycling, make gift cards from recycled materials, and learn how to visit wild areas without disturbing the environment. The Children’s Stage features youth-oriented performances throughout the day. And be sure to visit the Magic Stage, in front of the Lily Pond on El Prado, for the Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show.
Entertainment EarthFair will feature five stages. The Children’s Stage will feature music, song and storytelling aimed at the younger set. The Moon Stage (at Park and Presidents Way) and Sun Stage (behind the Federal Building) will feature a variety of contemporary music by local artists. The Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show returns to Balboa Park for the 15th year with a spectacular program on the “Magic Stage” directly in front of the Lilly Pond. Shows are at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Come early and grab a good seat. Great family Fun!
eHome The eHome exhibit area showcases products and technologies that can make your home more environmentally sustainable. Find out about energy- and resource-saving products and materials, like energy-efficient appliances and low-E windows. A wide variety of solar electric systems – available now, to help you get off the grid – will be shown.
eARTh Gallery The eARTh Gallery features works by San Diego artists and craftsmen, using recycled materials or showing depictions of “Endangered Spaces” in San Diego County. The artwork will be presented on the lawn area next to Presidents Way and Park Blvd.
Food Pavilion Tired of the nitrate-filled hot dogs and sugar-loaded sodas you usually get at large public events? Then step right up to the Food Pavilions in the Plaza de Panama and Park & Presidents Way for a change of pace. You’ll find out-of-the-ordinary vegetarian fare that will make you wish it was available in the park all year long.
Children’s Earth Parade The Children’s Earth Parade (All Species Welcome) starts at 10:30 am by the Spanish Village and marches through the Park to the Children’s Area in the Pan American Plaza. Participants are invited to dress up as endangered species, present their favorite earth-friendly messages.
Cleaner Car Concourse The Cleaner Car Concourse features vehicles of all descriptions that all run on alternative fuels (hybrids included). This isn’t just “the future”: these are vehicles being used on the road today. The vehicles will be on display in the Pan American Plaza.
Zero Waste The EarthFair goal is to be a zero-waste event, meaning that everything that is discarded is either recycled, reused or composted. And an event the size of EarthFair can generate tons of waste. Last year, the staff diverted 90% of EarthFair waste from the landfill!