Meyvn Robertson gets a close smell of a sunflower at the Frick Environmental Center.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will celebrate its first Earth Day at the new Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will join kid-powered water bicycles in switching on the newly restored historic fountain for its inaugural energy efficient flow.
The event will run until 7 p.m. with tree climbing demonstrations by Bartlett Tree, solar activities by Green Mountain Energy, goat appearances by Allegheny GoatScape, urban chicken appearances by Chicks in the Hood and composting fun with Shadyside Worms.
Parks Conservancy naturalist educators will lead more than 30 themed hikes for all ages, including Drink Your Trees, Wild Edibles Walk, Story Book Walk and Wild Invaders, with hikes leaving the Center at noon, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Interactive performances by Level Up Pittsburgh will take place at the Center’s stone and grass amphitheater, featuring the backdrop of the 644-acre Frick Park.
A solar-powered concert — fueled by natural, clean energy supplied by Pittsburgh-based Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters — will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Zambian singer/songwriter Matthew Tembo with Colter Harper and Jeff Berman. Folk-pop by The Red Western will take the stage at 6 p.m. Food trucks by clean-energy vendors Randita’s Vegan Cafe, Driftwood Oven and Stickler’s Ice Pop Company will bring sustainable sustenance to the event.
The weekend events begin Saturday with an all-ages community campfire in lower Frick Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your own roast-able and toast-able snacks. Campfire and roasting sticks are provided.
Pittsburgh Earth Day, in its third year, presents three days of eco-friendly events supporting the city’s mission to continue to grow as a sustainable city.
Thursday: Richard Parsakian’s Ecolution Fashion Show kicks off the weekend at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown, at 7 p.m. with music by DJ Soy Sos and a performance by STAYCEE PEARL dance project. Featured designers include: Karen Page & Thomas Higgs, Faith-n-Khaos, Bradford Mumpower, Terry Boyd, Michael Anthony, David Pohl, Carol Luckner, Brandon Darreff, Lessa Kassler, Beth Shari, Keith Kelly, Lana Neumeyer, RubyDawn Designs, Katy DeMENT, Kat Belskey, Alana Yoffee, Becki Liu and Domitille Angoulvant. VIP cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets at www.showclix.com.
The Solar Powered Food and Fashion Truck Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fourth Avenue adjacent to Market Square and PPG, Downtown. Paint the Square Green in Market Square will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a world market of local vendors specializing in Earth-friendly products and services, along with organic and educational vendors and live music. It’s free and open to the public. Festivalgoers 21 and older can participate in the Great Lakes Brewing Sustainable Sips Pub Crawl at restaurants in Market Square.
Saturday: The Pittsburgh Earth Day finale runs from 7 to 10 p.m. with “La Vie en Vert,” a special Earth to Table dinner celebration at Coterie Company, Pittsburgh’s newest female-forward co-working space in the Frick Building Penthouse, Downtown. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.showclix.com.
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