The Guide to Earth Day Events in Los Angeles

The theme for Earth Day 2019 is "Protect Our Species"

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 and activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life. Those peaceful demonstrations across the country are widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

The theme for Earth Day 2019 is Protect Our Species. In Los Angeles and around the world, people will participate in Earth Day by marching, signing petitions, planting trees, and cleaning up beaches and roads. Read on for Earth Day events in L.A. taking place on or near Monday, April 22.

Tree People Street Planting - East San Fernando Valley (April 20, 2019)

Founded in L.A. in 1973 by then 18-year-old activist Andy Lipkis, TreePeople is a nonprofit environmental organization that inspires and supports the people of L.A. to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. Since its founding, TreePeople has involved more than 3 million people in planting and caring for more than 3 million trees.

On Saturday, April 20, plant 27 trees from 9:00 am to noon as part of TreePeople's newest project, "Calles Verdes" - helping to beautify the City of San Fernando. For more info and to register for events, visit the TreePeople calendar.

The Last Bookstore Book Tunnel

The Last Bookstore

 |  Photo: Discover Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore - Kat McGee Saves the World (April 20, 2019)

On Saturday, April 20, The Last Bookstore welcomes author Kristin Riddick and her latest chapter book Kat McGee Saves the World: An Earth Day Adventure. It is the newest in the holiday middle-grade series of fun and magical adventures by the curious Kat McGee and some new friends, including a mysterious talking plant and Mother Nature herself... just in time for Earth Day. Perfect for 7-12 year-olds, come get a peek of Kat traveling through space and time to try to save the world!

Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite and includes - and is the same price as - the book.

Heal the Bay volunteers

Heal the Bay volunteers | Photo: Heal the Bay, Facebook

Santa Monica Beach - Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup (April 20, 2019)

On Saturday, April 20, Heal the Bay is organizing the Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup from 10am to noon. Taking place at Santa Monica Beach north of the pier, the cleanup is "sold out" - in order to participate, you have to bring your own cleanup supplies: a bucket or trash bag, and a garden glove or latex gloves. RSVP and sign the waiver at Eventbrite.

Earth Day Aquarium Celebration (April 20, 2019)

Presented by Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Earth Day Celebration runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. A presentation in the Dorothy Green Room at 1 p.m., “Who Pollutes?  is a lively lesson for all ages – and is repeated at 3 p.m. At 2 p.m. there's an Earth Day themed Story Time and live animal presentation, and visitors who walk to the west end of the Pier will find a wildlife station, staffed and stocked with binoculars and bird identification guides. Face painting, an eco-themed crafts station and short films will round out the presentations in the Aquarium.

Heal the Bay Earth Day Pop Up 2019

Photo: Heal the Bay

Rose Room - Golden Road + Heal the Bay Pop Up (April 20, 2019)

Golden Road Brewing, maker of Heal the Bay IPA, is hosting the second annual Earth Day Pop Up on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Room in Venice. From noon to 4pm, enjoy $4 beers in the Open Gallery Space with all proceeds donated to Heal the Bay. Buy local artwork and 40% of sales will be donated to Heal The Bay. No ticket or RSVP required.

Taking place from 6-10pm,  the Celebratory Fundraiser Event includes beer, food, and souvenir Golden Road cup. Tickets are priced at $20 and on sale at Eventbrite.

Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles Beach Cleanup

Photo: Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles, Facebook

Will Rogers State Beach Cleanup (April 20, 2019)

On Saturday, April 20, Surfrider Foundation L.A. and Love Your Melon are teaming up for a major Earth Month cleanup at the base of Rustic Canyon on the southern end of Will Rogers State Beach in Santa Monica. The cleanup will take place from 10am to 1pm at the intersection of PCH and Entrada. Registration is required.

Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge in Redondo Beach

Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge in Redondo Beach | Photo: Visit King Harbor, Facebook

Redondo Beach Marina - 9th Annual Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge (April 20, 2019)

The King Harbor Association presents the 9th Annual Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Taking place at the Redondo Beach Marina, this all-ages event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to create a chalk art drawing to commemorate Earth Day. The first 100 children to sign-up on the day of the event will receive free non-toxic chalk and a reusable recycled canvas tote bag that they can customize with paints supplied by the King Harbor Association. There may also be a surprise visit from On the Wing Falconry, to showcase some of their amazing feathered friends. Register at Eventbrite.

Earth Day | Photo courtesy Terranea Resort

Earth Day | Photo courtesy Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort - Earth Day Celebration (April 20, 2019)

Situated on a perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the spectacular Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes is celebrating Earth Day throughout the property on Saturday, April 20. Special activities include DIY Seed Bombs, Educational Green Wall, Nature Walk, Falconer Meet & Greet, Planting Station ($5 donation), Beach Frames Arts & Crafts ($10), and Kelp Forest Cleanup Kayak Tour ($80, discounted from $135).

Day One Earth Day Pasadena 2018

Earth Day Pasadena | Photo: Day One, Facebook

Our County Sustainability Plan Expo & Earth Day Festival (April  20, 2019)

On Saturday, April 20, Day One presents the Our County Sustainability Plan Expo from 9am to noon in the Armory Center for the Arts Community Room. Our County is the first-ever L.A. Countywide Sustainability Plan that outlines a vision to balance environmental goals, equity, and economy. The plan addresses climate change, water, energy, land use, transportation, open space and land use, biodiversity, public health, workforce, housing, and resilience. Activities for children and translation services available. Register for the Expo at Eventbrite.

Following the Expo, the family-friendly Earth Day Festival is taking place from noon to 3pm at Pasadena Memorial Park across the street. Learn about local efforts to be more water wise, reduce waste, support clean energy, travel green and more. Engage with community groups, organizations and eco-friendly businesses. Enjoy art, music, food trucks, and take action!

Bridge at Los Angeles State Historic Park

Photo: Mojave Morning Photography, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Facebook

Los Angeles State Historic Park - Forest Bathing / Forest Therapy (April 22, 2019)

Mi Familia Vota and Corazón Latino invite you to celebrate Earth Day with Forest Bathing / Forest Therapy at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown. Forest Therapy is a way to deepen our relationship to the land and to each other. By slowing down, awakening our senses, and connecting with the Earth, we will create a space to inspire renewed activism for the benefit of healthy environments and healthy communities. Attendees will be planting plants at the end of the event.

Museum of Tolerance - Earth Day Youth Summit (April 22, 2019)

On Earth Day, the Museum of Tolerance welcomes 5th-8th graders to the Earth Day Youth Summit, an exploration of our relationship to the planet through art and history. Learn how to take action about environmental issues that matter to you most. In addition to meaningful and facilitated museum tours, students will produce artwork under the guidance of practicing experts from Art for Humanity and learn about creative activism from the director of Rock Your World as well as youth activists who are making a impact on their world. The Earth Day Youth Summit will take place 9:30 am - 2:30 pm and lunch will be provided.

Oyster Hour at Herringbone Santa Monica

Oyster Hour at Herringbone Santa Monica | Photo: Herringbone

Herringbone Santa Monica - Sip & Support with Surfrider Foundation (April 22, 2019)

In celebration of Earth Day and efforts towards a cleaner environment, Herringbone Santa Monica is partnering with Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles for a very special Oyster Hour on Monday, April 22. Dip into the "One Buck Shuck" with freshly shucked oysters and delicious small bites, while raising funds for Surfrider's clean water and beaches efforts. A portion of the proceeds from every strawless cocktail sold will be donated to Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles. No reservations needed.

Greek Theatre Khaled & Andy Earth Day Celebration 2019

Khaled & Andy Earth Day Celebration 2019 | Photo: The Greek Theatre, Facebook

Greek Theatre - Khaled & Andy Earth Day Celebration (April 27, 2019)

Landmark moments in musical history have a way of unfolding at the Greek Theatre. And so, it will be again at the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27, when Algerian raï superstar, Khaled and Iran’s greatest popular singer, Andy, join forces with an all-star band and guest vocalists from Cuba, Latin America, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, the U.S. and beyond. The concert is a celebration of the Earth’s cultural diversity, uniting faiths, nationalities and musical genres in an electrifying evening of music.

Earth Day LA presented by L.A. Sanitation & Environment

Earth Day LA | Photo: Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment, Facebook

Woodley Park - Earth Day LA (April 27, 2019)

Presented by Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment, the 4th annual Earth Day LA event is taking place at Woodley Park from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, April 27. Highlights include City vehicles for kids to explore, games, prizes, seeds to plant, 50+ exhibitors, live entertainment, and fun for all ages. Michelle Trujillo of Telemundo will once again serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Free beverages, hot meals, cold popsicles, and giveaways are available for all, while supplies last. All exhibits are all related to City services and sustainability.

Monterey Park Earth Day Bike Ride

Monterey Park Earth Day Bike Ride | Photo: Eventbrite

Monterey Park Earth Day Festival (April 27, 2019)

The City of Monterey Park Environmental Commission is hosting the Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Focused on the theme "Energy Efficiency," the family friendly Earth Day Festival is a joint event with the Cherry Blossom Festival and will be held at Barnes Park on McPherrin Avenue. Co-organized with local nonprofit Planet Save, the Eco-Summit will feature speakers and presentations on various environmental issues for our community. ​All festivities are free and open to the public.

​As part of the festival, the Commission will be co-organizing Earth Day Bike Rides with ActiveSGV. Bike enthusiasts can choose between the Hill Challenge Ride that starts at 8:00 a.m. or the Family-Friendly Ride that starts at 9:00 a.m. On-site registration starts at 7:00 a.m. Pre-registration is highly recommended and available online at Eventbrite.

Aquarium of the Pacific - Earth Day Celebration (April 27-28, 2019)

Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the 19th annual Earth Day Celebration. Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations, and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for all ages.

Help save the environment by recycling e-waste and receive a coupon for $10 off one Aquarium adult admission ticket valid on April 27 or April 28. Accepted e-waste includes electronic items such as cell phones, computers, monitors, televisions, and small household appliances. Refrigerators, large appliances, and batteries or items containing batteries will not be accepted. Bring your e-waste item to the Aquarium’s will call station to drop off. The Earth Day Celebration is included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice

Photo: Beyond Baroque, Facebook

Beyond Baroque - Earth Day Cabaret (April 28, 2019)

On Saturday, April 28, Beyond Baroque presents Earth Day Cabaret from 4:30 - 6pm. Poets and writers will celebrate the natural beauty of our planet, and remind us of what we can do to keep it healthy. Hosted by Greg Bell.