We’re posting a little bit early this week so we can tell readers about all the exciting things happening this Friday for Earth Day in Steel City.
Paint the Square Green is taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Market Square. The event includes live entertainment, local vendors, and educational stuff as well. This family friendly events coincides with the Solar Powered Food Truck Festival taking place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on 10th Street. All the food trucks will be powered by the sun. Also taking place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is the Mellon Square Lunchtime Bluegrass Concert and Market.
Art + Artifact Market will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This is another all ages event featuring live entertainment, local artists, and more Earth friendly vendors.
All of the above events are free and open to the public. There are more ticket required events taking place throughout the weekend.
To coincide with Earth Day, Phipps Conservatory is hosting the grand opening of its Butterfly Forest in the Stove Room on Friday. Butterflies are vital to biodiversity, so it’s fitting that these pollinators are being celebrated on Earth Day.
At 7 p.m. on Friday, Phipps will host screenings of The Power of One Voice and Sustainability Pioneers to kick off its environmental film series. Tours of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes will also be available throughout the weekend, and there will be two open houses showcasing the SEED Classroom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Also happening on Sunday at Phipps: free outdoor family yoga at 11 a.m. on the front lawn (weather permitting, RSVP required).
To round out the Earth Day celebrations at Phipps, on Monday, anyone wearing a green shirt will get half price admission, and Cafe Phipps will be celebrating Meatless Monday with a vegetarian special.