Celebrate Earth Day Around San Diego County

We’ve got a list of some fun and important Earth Day events you don’t want to miss.

Earth Day had its birth about 40 years ago after a giant oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara raised concerns about the environment. Since then, it’s become a worldwide movement that focuses on keeping the planet’s health and environment in tip-top shape.

On April 22, the nation will celebrate another Earth Day. San Diego County has plenty of activities planned to celebrate our Earth: How will you choose to spend the “green” day?

Listed below are some activities all around the county. Whether you’re in North County, South County, East County or the coast, there’s an Earth Day celebration close by so you can do your part—make sure you bike your way to your preferred event! Click on the links for more information.


  • When/where: , 1508 S Pacific St, Oceanside, April 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Why go: Local San Diego companies and organizations, including Reef, Sustainable Surf and the Surfrider Foundation, will be at Buccaneer Beach for a cleanup and surfboard demos. Residents can also bring their used styrofoam to recycle.
  • Cost: Free.


  • When/where: , Carlsbad Blvd & Cannon Rd, Carlsbad, April 21 at 7 a.m.
  • Why go: Run for the planet in your green attire at this 10K fun run. Cash awards will be given out.
  • Cost: $30.


  • When/where: , 400 B St, Encinitas, April 21 at 9 a.m.
  • Why go: Share some Earth Day love with the beach by cleaning it and its adjacent sidewalk up. This event is a Surfrider Foundation event.
  • Cost: Free.


  • When/where:, 8825 Villa la Jolla Dr, La Jolla, April 21 at noon.
  • Why go: Learn how to live a greener life, as well as Whole Foods’ green mission.  There will be gardening workshops, food demos and giveaways.
  • Cost: Free. 

UCSD Earth Week

  • When/where: UC San Diego has events all week. Click the link above to see schedule.
  • Why go: Participate in things like a trash sort, a green building tour and e-waste event.
  • Cost: Free.


  • When/where: , 15615 Pomerado Rd, Poway, April 20 at 11 a.m.
  • Why go: Palomar Health’s second annual Earth Day Events will showcase its comprehensive sustainability program. The event will also feature live entertainment, food and prizes.
  • Cost: Free.


Earth Day Trivia

  • When/where: Raglan Public House, 1851 Bacon St., Ocean Beach, April 19 from 7-9 p.m.
  • Why go: Test your environmental and water knowledge at Raglan Public House. There will also be a raffle with prizes like a chance to enjoy organic, local and sustainable food and service at Raglan.
  • Cost: $10 per person. Teams are made up of up to six people.


EarthFair 2012

  • When/where: Balboa Park, downtown, on April 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Why go: 60,000 Earth lovers will flock to Balboa Park for more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, food, a special Kids’ Activity Area, three entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show and the Cleaner Car Concourse.
  • Cost: Free.


  • When/where: , 208 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach, April 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Why go: This monthly art show is celebrating Earth Day with music and art. Support your local artists and musicians at this green event.
  • Cost: $3.


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