From cleanups in city gathering spaces to journaling sessions, yoga classes, and local produce pop-ups, there are plenty of ways to get out there and show your appreciation for our extraordinary planet this Earth Day. To commemorate the holiday, which began as a widespread act of protest 53 years ago, plan to partake in one (or many) of the following events happening across the city.
4/22: Mr. Trash Wheel’s Earth Day Birthday
Perhaps the biggest sustainable soiree of the year, this ninth birthday bash for Mr. Trash Wheel overlaps perfectly with Earth Day. Head to Pierce’s Park in the Inner Harbor see our favorite trash-collecting waterwheel up close and personal while enjoying arts and crafts, free desserts, live performances by Fluid Movement, and sips of Peabody Heights’ Mr. Trash Wheel beer for the adults. Plus, the folks at EcoAdventures will be on site with live pythons and other friendly reptiles. 711 Eastern Ave. 3-6 p.m. $10-25.
4/22: Every Day Should Be Earth Day Cleanup in Canton
As its name signifies, this local nonprofit makes beautifying Baltimore its year-round mission. But on the day that inspired the recurring cleanup series, founder Dan Brover and his team are hosting a special event in Canton. Meet at El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen to check in and grab supplies before heading out to pick up litter around O’Donnell Square. Be sure to stick around for free eats and drinks at El Bufalo after the cleanup concludes. 2921 O’Donnell St. 12-3 p.m. Free.
4/22: Earth Day Clean-Up and Tree Planting in Mt. Vernon
Grab your garden gloves and spend your Saturday morning volunteering with the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association and Midtown Community Benefits District. Meet outside of Baby’s on Fire in Mt. Vernon before splitting into teams to help clean up tree wells and plant new trees, thanks to funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust Urban Tree Grant. 1010 Morton St. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
4/22: Friends of Patterson Park Earth Day Extravaganza
Friends and neighbors will gather at Patterson Park on Earth Day in an effort to maintain their gem of a greenspace. Fuel up with free coffee before setting out to clean up trash, plant trees, edge walkways, and tidy up gardens—all while getting your steps in. 27 S. Patterson Park Ave. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free.
4/22: Mayor Brandon Scott’s Spring Cleanup and Day of Service
Mayor Scott is calling on block leaders and neighborhood associations to take charge and organize efforts to clean up streets, alleyways, and walkways across the city on Earth Day. Be sure to call 311 to register your cleanup so that the Department of Public Works can deploy city trucks to help dispose of everything your group collects. 9 a.m-1 p.m.
4/22: Earth Day Yoga and Kirtan at Druid Hill Park
In the Druid Hill Park Zen Garden, show your appreciation for yourself, your community, and the planet by grounding your feet during this two-hour meditation session. The class will offer an interactive devotional song, all-levels yoga flow, Earth Day prayer, and uplifting group song. Ten percent of all ticket proceeds will be donated to support the maintenance of city parks. 3401 Parkdale Ave. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $25.
4/23: Earth Day on the Farm at the Baltimore County Ag Center
Soak up some sunshine at Cockeysville’s Baltimore County Ag Center while shopping for fresh produce, hopping on hay rides, petting barn animals, and bobbing your head to live music by The ShamRogues. The fest’s Earth Day Farm & Garden Market will feature gardening supplies, cut flowers, and honey from the likes of Belvedere Farm, Pond View Apiary, TALMAR, Calvert’s Gift Farm, The Mill of Bel Air, and West Willow Plants. While supporting our local purveyors, you can also fill your stomach with eats from Taco House of York, Cowboy Eats, and Kona Ice. 1114 Shawan Road. Cockeysville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
4/27: Earth Day Journaling at B. Willow with Odette Press
Grounding, the process of getting closer to the Earth, is at the forefront of this journaling class at B. Willow in Remington. Through creative writing prompts, guided visualizations, gentle movements, and deep breathing exercises, participants will improve their connection between themselves and the Earth. Ticketholders will also receive a medium-sized Odette Press notebook as a keepsake. 220 W. 27th St. 7:30-9 p.m. $30.
4/27: Special Earth Day Event at Cylburn Arboretum
At one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces Baltimore has to offer, join the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland for a day of learning and exploring. The $40 price of admission includes access to a full itinerary of lectures that address biodiversity, bird populations, old growth forests, the Clean Water Act, and the work of beavers to restore wetlands. The day-long event also includes lunch, refreshments, and shopping from local vendors. 4915 Greenspring Avenue. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $40.