The Green Festival hits the Big Apple for the first time this weekend, April 21-22 at the new LEED-certified North Wing of the Jacob Javits Center. The eco-conscious event is perfectly timed for Earth Day festivities and will feature talks from 125 authors, activists and green movement leaders including Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! and Russell Simmons. You can hitch a free ride to the fest with Revolution Rickshaws pedicabs and show your support for sustainability and social justice by attending the THREADS Eco-Fashion Show, a DIY workshop, or checkout more than 300 exhibitors at the Green Business and Urban Go Green Pavilions. You can also sip organic beer and wine, eat local food or shop the Green Marketplace.
The Green Fest is a joint project from Green America and Global Exchange celebrating 10 years with more than 1 million attendees. Each show aims to bring awareness to green living, give practical tips to everyday life and encourage new trends and innovations in green business.
One vendor to look for this weekend is HandCrafting Justice, displaying one-of-a-kind recycled phonebook handbags crafted by Filipino female artisans from the Alay Kapwa community in Manila. These bags take old telephone directories and transform them into unique, fair trade accessories.
Free admission is available to anyone who rides a bike to the event and parks with the bike valet. Day passes are $10; weekend passes $15, and you can purchase tickets here. View the full list of events and speakers at Green Festival.
Green Festival NYC
Javits Center North
11th Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.