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Wilmington Earth Day

2018: "rECOnnect"

Join us for Wilmington's Earth Day celebration on April 21, 2018!

We as a people are key to generating a future of environmentally literate citizens that are more respectful of natural resources Mother Earth Provides.This year's theme was selected to remind us of our deep rooted connection to our planet and to encourage people in our community to get back to those roots. With a close relationship to the land, knowledge of what our planet provides us, and close relationships to the people in our communities, we can promote a sustainable future which takes care of and respects our environment and people.Contact Us if you'd like to share how you're incorporating this theme into YOUR world!

Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Bills Front Porch
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Cape Fear's Going Green
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: CleanEnergyEvents.org
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: City of Wilmington
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Culligan
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Great Outdoor Provision Company
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Land Management Group
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Hurricane Kayaks
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Heal Our Waterways
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: NHC Parks and Gardens
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Wave Transit
Wilmington Earth Day Premiere Sponsor: Waterline Brewing Company

Wilmington's Earth Day theme for 2010: REDUCE


2018 Celebration: April 21, 2018

quick links to years of Wilmington's Earth Day
2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

This year's theme is "rECOnnect"

The theme was selected to bring awareness of humans' deep rooted connection to our planet and to encourage people in our community to get back to those roots.


Everyone is invited... families, friends, residents, visitors, individuals & organizations.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the Kid Zone or exhibitor tent please.
(see policy below)


Wilmington's 2018
Earth Day Celebration
food, kids' zone, live music, more info...


Hugh MacRae Park (click for map)
Wilmington, NC


Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 12pm – 6pm


Fun, FREE entertainment, interesting information & products that relate to our planet


FREE to attend


Click for this year's
parking & transportation details


Earth Day is a time to celebrate our beautiful planet, meet people from other organizations, convey your message, and recruit members, volunteers, and interested people to participate in the stewardship of our community.  It is a fun day to be outside, talk to new friends, and learn about all the great things that are happening in our community.  To make sure that the event is as interesting, entertaining, educational, and enjoyable as possible we would like to invite YOU to be at this year's Earth Day Celebration!

Interested in becoming an Exhibitor or a Sponsor for the celebration? Click here for more information.

Food & Beverage

Food, beer and beverages will be available for purchase. Selections are produced locally in and around the greater Wilmington area.

There will be plenty of food and drinks provided by Waterline Brewing Company, Bill's Front Porch Pub and Brewery, Panacea Brewing Co. and Smart Smoothies. For those who are not beer lovers, Noni Bacca Winery will be serving delicious wines as well. Delicious food will be available from Vittles, Port City Puffs & Stuff and The Little Chef, while Bubba & Finn's Tropical Treats will provide delicious desserts. Culligan will provide drinking water, so bring your reusable water bottle, or buy an official Wilmington Earth Day Alliance water bottle at the event! This years event will be a ZERO-WASTE event. New Hanover County Environmental Management will collect food scraps from the event (plus any the public wants to bring from home), to compost.

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New This Year

Local shamanic practitioner Roger Lockshier will lead a Guided Meditation for Earth Healing and Global Peace at 1:45pm. Join us for this special guided group meditation as we send light and healing to our Earth and extend peace to all life on our planet. This is an opportunity for our community to come together as one, to share in the sacredness of gratitude. Mr. Lockshier will also have a booth in the exhibitor tent.

Be sure to look for The Argus, the lovingly restored VW bus, from which Old Books on Front Street will be selling environmental books. Thanks to the N.C. Forrest Service, an inflatable Smokey Bear will attend. Don't miss the marine educator trailer from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, and the many other exhibitors coming to the park for this years epic celebration.

There will be exciting activities for any member of the family, including Yoga on the lawn and outdoor games. Enter to win a brand new Hurricane Kayak or any of the other prizes in our raffle. Raffle prizes include kayak rentals, yoga sessions, restaurant gift certificates and many more. There will be an ATM machine on site. (Beer purchases are cash ONLY.)

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Kids' EcoZone Area

Wilmington's 2018 Earth Day celebration is a family-friendly event encouraging children of all ages to become more aware of our planet. Specific details are to come! Along with the exhibitors, there will be a kid's music area right next to the kid's tent!

We are happy to announce the return of the Nature Brigade Parade to the Earth Day activities this year. We are returning to the roots of the Earth Day event and including a nature inspired walking parade. The parade is called the "Nature Brigade Parade" and it will be led by Mark Herbert's Rapping Red Oak (Futureshine Entertainment) from 3:45-4:00 pm. We will start the parade at the kids tent at 3:45pm and walk a short path around the perimeter of the Earth Day festivities and end up in front of the main stage and an ECO jam with the Rapping Red Oak and the "Nature Brigaders" (including members of Cosmic groove lizards). Calling all people who want to dress up as your favorite flora or fauna creature. Kid's can bring their own costumes or make costumes from recycled materials in the Kid's Zone! Let’s make this parade an event to remember!

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Music & Live Entertainment

Multiple bands will be featured throughout the day. All entertainment is FREE to the public!

12:00 — 1:45
2:15 — 3:45
3:45 — 4:00
4:00 — 6:00

Coastal Collective
Stray Local
Rapping Red Oak and N.B.P
Striking Copper

Live Music: Coastal Collective

12:00pm — 1:45pm

Live Music: Stray Local

2:15pm — 3:45pm

Live Music: Mark Herbert's Rapping Red Oak and Nature Brigade Parade

3:45pm — 4:00pm

Live Music: Striking Copper

4:00pm — 6:00pm

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Pet Policy

Please be aware that this year we are allowing dogs inside the event just not in the Kids Zone or under the exhibitor tent. We do hope that you as a responsible pet owner will clean up after your pet so we can continue to have dogs at our events.

Dogs should be kept on a leash at all times. If your dog is running about it is a violation of County ordinance and you may be subject to a fine.

For more information, please refer the Parks & Recreation website and their official rules and regulations.

This Year's Sponsors — 2018

Your participation makes this annual event possible:

City of Wilmington Stormwater  

Bill's Front Porch Pub and Brewery

Clean Energy Events

Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Land Management Group

Hurricane Kayaks

New Hanover County Parks

Wave Transit


Cape Fear's Going Green

Waterline Brewing Company

Heal Our Waterways

More Information

At last year's Earth Day Celebration, we had more than 70 different exhibitors in attendance — all involved in some type of environmental issue or resource. We encourage you to join the fun because this year's Earth Day Celebration will certainly peak your curiosity about many environmental issues in addition to answering many of your questions.

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How You Can Get Involved, now...or in the future

You can participate in Wilmington's Earth Day Celebration as an exhibitor, a sponsor, a volunteer or simply by attending. This is a great way to spend a day with family and friends. For more information on becoming an exhibitor or a sponsor, please contact Elissa Riley of the Earth Day Alliance.


Interested in sponsoring this year's Earth Day Celebration? Or maybe you'd like to be one of our 60+ vendors and exhibitors?

Learn more about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor...

Want to learn more about environmental awareness and education?

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local and national resources

Check-out the photos from past events. You might see your friends and neighbors.

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