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The Ten Best Earth Day Events in Miami

The Ten Best Earth Day Events in Miami
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Pass the beats. It will be a busy Saturday at Wynwood Yard. - COURTESY OF THE WYNWOOD YARD
Pass the beats. It will be a busy Saturday at Wynwood Yard.
Courtesy of the Wynwood Yard
Earth Day 2018 is coming, Earthlings.

Ahead of the big day — Sunday, April 22 — let’s reflect on how we, as a people, have affected the Earth. There are a gazillion issues to consider, but let’s stick with this year’s Earth Day theme of ending plastic pollution.

More than 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. Plastic entanglement and indigestion kill more than 1 million seabirds annually. Less than 10 percent of all plastic is ever recycled. The statistics go on and on.

But amid our collective disgustingness and how humans generally treat the Earth like the garbage we litter it with, some individuals and organizations are making a meaningful impact right in our backyard. Many of these organizations have events happening this Earth Day weekend.


It’s time to get inspired, take action, and, at the very least, switch to a reusable water bottle. Here are ten Earth Day shindigs around town this weekend:
click to enlarge Climakaze Miami will host performances of Mermaid Tear Factory at Miami Beach Botanical Garden this weekend. - COURTESY OF CLIMAKAZE MIAMI
Climakaze Miami will host performances of Mermaid Tear Factory at Miami Beach Botanical Garden this weekend.
Courtesy of Climakaze Miami
1. Climakaze Miami at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The arts and our climate will collide for another Climakaze Miami. The three-day affair is chock full of free activities at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, including a dance/bike/swim triathlon, an eco-arts gathering, and garbage-inspired performances of The Mermaid Tear Factory. Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 21, at 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; climakazemiami.org. Admission is free.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE WYNWOOD YARD
Courtesy of the Wynwood Yard
2. Earth Day Festival at Wynwood Yard. As part of its second-annual Earth Day Festival, the Yard invites folks to upcycle and recycle goods and #5 plastics, hear a green initiatives panel, drink a beer (with proceeds benefitting environmental charities), attend a sustainable cooking session, and participate in other fun diversions. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at 56 NW 29th St., Miami; thewynwoodyard.com. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com
click to enlarge The Wolfsonian–FIU. - PHOTO BY LYNTON GARDINER
The Wolfsonian–FIU.
Photo by Lynton Gardiner
3. PosterFest at the Wolfsonian. Use your poster prowess to craft some Earth-saving collateral. PosterFest is an all-day affair offering presentations, exhibits, and workshops to help attendees refine their poster-making skills. From letterpress and silkscreen workshops to Adobe Creative challenges, this shindig has what you need to get your message out. 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; wolfsonian.org. Admission is free.
click to enlarge Las Áñez will perform as part of Climakaze this Saturday. - ANDRÉS GARZÓN
Las Áñez will perform as part of Climakaze this Saturday.
Andrés Garzón
4. Las Ánez at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. A bit of Colombia is making its way to Earth Day U.S.A. As part of Climakaze Miami, the folksy/contemporary Colombian twin-sister duo Las Ánez will rock a show, followed by a film screening of the magical realist flick Zenú by Claudio Marcotulli. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; miamidadecountyauditorium.org. Tickets cost $22 via ticketmaster.com.
click to enlarge It's Earth Day every day at 1 Hotel South Beach (but it will be especially fun this Sunday). - COURTESY OF 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH
It's Earth Day every day at 1 Hotel South Beach (but it will be especially fun this Sunday).
Courtesy of 1 Hotel South Beach
5. Earth Day at 1 Hotel South Beach. This swanky spot recently launched the campaign Earth Day, Every Day, and it’s time to celebrate. On Earth Day, the eco-friendly hotel will host a full roster of activities for guests and locals. On the agenda are grounding yoga from Lululemon, a beach cleanup, flower and veggie planting, a breath-work session, and an Earth Day market. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 1hotels.com. Admission is free with RSVP via earthday1hotelsb.splashthat.com.
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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.