Considering it’s our only home, the Earth probably deserves more than one day of observance. So honoring Earth Day is the very least we can do for this planet that sustains us. Given what a future with climate change looks like for Miami, we damn well better do right by her — at least for 24 hours.
If you want to show your appreciation for this big blue marble we live on, check out these nine ways to celebrate Earth Day in Miami.
1. March for Science at Museum Park
If you're serious about protecting the planet, you can let your elected officials know about it at the March for Science in Miami. Part of a planned series of demonstrations across the nation, the march begins at Museum Park and supports using evidence-based scientific findings to drive public policy: for example, believing scientists when they tell us the Earth is warming.
Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Participation is free. Visit the Facebook event page.
2. Yoga & Flow Arts Festival and Peace Prayer
In honor of Earth Day, this mindfulness fest will feature yoga, a guided meditation, sound healing, reiki, massage therapy, vegan food trucks, fire spinning, a drum circle, tarot card readings, henna art, and other planet-friendly fun stuff.
Saturday, April 22, from 4 p.m. to midnight at the Ruf, 5110 NW Second Ave., Miami. Admission costs $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
3. Earth Day Celebration at the Wynwood Yard
Wynwood's popular open-air venue is hosting interactive workshops and activities in honor of our Earth. Attendees will get to build terrariums, make "scissor salsa" at a garden-to-table cooking demo, create art from recycled items, and plant seeds in the garden. There will also be live tunes, activations, family-friendly yoga, and booths from groups such as Debris Free Oceans, Slow Food Miami, and Project Seahorse.
Saturday, April 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami. Admission is free.
4. Sip of Science on the Science Barge
Biscayne's floating laboratory hosts a monthly lecture series, and April's installment is all about Earth Day. Hear from Dr. Keren Bolter of the Southeast Florida Regional Planning Council about sea-level rise and climate justice in Miami. Of course there will be drinks, but bring your own cup.
Wednesday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Miami Science Barge, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased via Eventbrite.
5. Earth Day 2017 at 1 Hotels
This South Beach spot will host a daylong lineup of events in honor of Mother Earth. There will be a bike ride, a Spartan-style workout, a butterfly release, a social at Matthew Kenney's eco-friendly eatery Plnthouse, cocktails, a meditation, and more.
Saturday, April 22, from 7 a.m. till late at 1 Hotels, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free, but some activities include a cost. The schedule is available at 1hotels.com.
6. Farm & Dine brings Cuba to Miami at Little Haiti Community Garden
Participants will get to work the farm and enjoy a handpicked lunch while learning about Cuba's agricultural legacy. The owner of the Little Haiti Community Garden will give a tour, and then some hands-on gardening will precede a lunch made with fresh greens, nuts, fruits, and beans.
Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Little Haiti Community Garden, 5804 NE Second Ave., Miami. The tour is free; lunch costs $15. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
7. Mass Meditation at Brickell City Centre
Brickell will be home to a mass meditation designed to raise Miami's collective vibration. Expect tea, a Modern OM pop-up shop, and plenty of seating. Enjoy two hours of free parking at Brickell City Centre and other incentives from local retailers.
Saturday, April 22, beginning at 8:45 a.m. at Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is free. RSVP via Eventbrite.
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8. Mangrove Coast Exhibition and Earth Day Festival at Pinecrest Gardens
Pinecrest Gardens will host its annual Earth Day Festival, offering workshops organized by the CLEO Institute and Plant Societies, food demos, planting activities, plant sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wildlife shows, local school performances, crafts for kids, ladybug releases, and other fun. Plus, photographer Barry Fellman will be on hand to sign Biscayne National Park Centennial posters.
Sunday, April 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. Admission is free.
9. Earth Day Dinner at Gili’s Beach Club
Guests can cook their own entrées right at the table on a 700-degree volcanic lava stone. If you mention Earth Day, you'll score a free Earth-themed cocktail, the 360 Ocean Blue. It contains environmentally friendly 360 vodka, Florida orange blossom honey, organic flower blossoms, lavender essence, blue curaçao, and a black-lava-salt rim.
Saturday, April 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Gili's Beach Club, Trump International Beach Resort, 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach.
10. Earth Day Live Painting at Wynwood Life
The three-day street fest Wynwood Life will host an Earth Day-inspired live painting session by local artists DaveL and Rei Ramirez. On Saturday, the two will paint their interpretation of Mother Earth on the side of the ID Art Mobile Art Supply Shop. There'll also be food, music, fashion, and plenty of other activities.
Friday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, April 22, from noon to 3 a.m.; and Sunday, April 23, from noon to 9 p.m. in Wynwood. Admission is free. The schedule is available at wynwoodlife.com.