Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2015
Saturday April 18 (11am-7pm)
Sunday April 19 (11am-6pm)
Presented by the Community Environmental Council
Keep checking for updates on the 2015 Earth Day Festival!
How to Come Car Free
See below for an interactive Google Map highlighting the location of Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2015 (Alamenda Park, in green), MTD transit center, Amtrak Train Station, and the Downtown Shuttle!
Find a bike route using Traffic Solutions new bike map app for your iPhone or Android phone, or use a PDF copy. At the festival, you'll find FREE bike valet near the corner of Anacapa and Micheltorena Streets in Alameda Park, sponsored and run by SB Bike. As you enter the Park, check in with an Earth Day volunteer to register to win prizes for being car free. Then, stop by the Car Free booth and enjoy the many offerings that are part of the Bike Zone this year.
Take the Bus
MTD buses and shuttles stop near the Festival location at Alameda Park, and buses from all over the South Coast, including UCSB, Goleta and Carpinteria, stop at the MTD transit center, only five blocks away. See www.sbmtd.gov or call 963-3366 (answered by MTD staff weekdays 6am-7pm, Saturdays 8am-6pm or Sundays 9am-6pm) for routes and schedules.
Earth Day’s location makes it easy to get to without a car. Alameda Park is only a 30 or 40 minute walk from the Mesa, Upper State Street, or Milpas Street, and can be easily reached from lower downtown and the harbor either entirely on foot or with help from the MTD Downtown/Waterfront shuttle. So lace up your walking shoes and get some exercise while you make this a car-free day!
Take the Train
The Santa Barbara Amtrak train station is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara, making it easy to travel to the festival, hotels, and restaurants without a car. Simply jump on the electric Downtown shuttle which will take you straight from the train station to Alameda Park where the festival is located. Click here to read about discounts on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Amtrak Coast Starlight. Once in town, you can also show your Amtrak ticket for a #SBCarFreeExperience!
The South Coast Earth Day Festival is presented by the Community Environmental Council. We think of Santa Barbara as the birthplace of Earth Day. See the Earth Day website for more info, and to find out about all the events planned for the weeks before and the Festival Day!
See below for information about the 2014 Earth Day Festival.
Hugh Kelly was the Grand Prize Winner of the Earth Day Car Free drawing in 2014, winning a pair of roundtrip tickets to Portland or Seattle on the Amtrak Coast Starlight ® - with roomette accommodations and meals included. Kelly, who biked to Earth Day, is President of the Mesa Harmony Garden, a collaborative volunteer effort to convert unused land to a food forest to grow food and donate it to local organizations that serve people in need, such as the Food Bank. Kelly embodies the "Local Roots" theme of this year's Santa Barbara Earth Day, and is actively implementing two key initiatives highlighted this year by the Community Environmental Council, which presents the event: "Drive Less" and "Eat Local."
(From left) Sigrid Wright, Assistant Director of the Community Environmental Council and Earth Day Festival Director, Car Free Grand Prize Winner Hugh Kelly, President of the Board of Mesa Harmony Garden, Mary Byrd, Manager of the Santa Barbara Car Free Project at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, and Ed France, Executive Director of Bici Centro/Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.
Santa Barbara Car Free, a project of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, puts together a Come to Earth Day Car Free effort every year, offering prizes from a range of project partners, included Amtrak. Prizes in 2014 included: several pairs of Amtrak Pacific Surfliner tickets, one-night's stay at the beautiful BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn; a pair of free all-day rentals for beach cruisers or mountain bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals; passes to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum; and 10-ride bus passes from Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District.