DC Green Festival Celebrates 10th Year

*This entry was cross-posted from Grassfed Media.


For anyone interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life, the DC Green Festival is not to be missed. Now in its 10th year at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We were a proud sponsor of this year’s launch party and can’t wait until the festival at the end of May.

The DC Green Festival will offer a little something for everyone–from food, fashion, and health to energy, construction, and design. Attendees will enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment.

One of our favorite parts of the Green Festival is the unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses – everything from all-natural body care products and organic clothing to Fair Trade gifts, beautiful home renovations made from renewable resources, plus vegan and vegetarian offerings based on organic, non-GMO or local, artisanal foods. Our fabulous client, Karmalades, will be there too, showcasing all-natural, eco-luxe cleaning products–so stop by and say hello.

Green Festival is committed to:

  • Showcasing the best and latest green products and services in the market
  • Making ‘green’ practical, viable and accessible to everyone by promoting sustainability in everyday life choices and actions
  • Providing the ultimate marketplace for green brands and consumers who want to integrate sustainability into their lives
  • Striving to be a zero-waste marketplace where consumers can be assured that companies are committed to environmental sustainability
  • Representing a diverse, sustainable community that is socially and environmentally responsible
  • Encouraging companies to adopt green and fair trade principles through Green America’s certification process
  • Supporting vegan-vegetarian diet alternatives focused on organic, non- GMO and local artisanal foods as part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
  • Serving as a launching pad for Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and consumer programs in sustainability
  • The festival runs from May 31 to June 1. Early bird tickets are available online at 50% off until April 15th with code GRASSFED14.

The Green Festival Comes to DC

The Green Festival, Washington DC, Sept 21-22 2013

The Green Festival, the nation’s largest environmental consumer event, returns to Washington DC on September 21-22, 2013.

Featuring hundreds of eco-friendly businesses, the Green Festival marketplace is a great resource for seeking out new and innovative green products.

The Green Festival features influential speakers such as Amy Goodman, Award-winning investigative journalist; founder and host of Democracy Now!; Bernadine Prince, Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets; David Feldman,  Executive Director of Bethesda Green; Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea;  Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch; Todd Larsen, Corporate Responsibility Director for Green America; and many others.

The weekend-long show also features:

  • An organic beer and wine pavilion.
  • Live cooking demos featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine.
  • A yoga pavilion.
  • A dedicated kids’ area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age.

Rounding out the offerings are informative workshops that are designed to empower and educate the public on living an eco-friendly life.

In addition, attendees will be able to participate in the Community Green Grant sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Green Festivals. A grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the proposed project that receives the most votes.

Tickets are $10 for a one day pass and $20 for a full weekend pass when purchased online atwww.greenfestivals.org, or $15 and $25 at the door. Free admission for anyone who rides a bike to the event and parks with the Clif Bar Bike Valet, youth under 18, volunteers and Green America and Global Exchange members. (All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, all workshops/yoga classes, speakers and films.)

Want FREE tickets? Use this link: http://www.greenfestivals.org/dctickets13 and code DCGFHOST13 to redeem a free weekend pass.

Green October

solar decathlonOctober may be the month known for pumpkins, costumes, and trick or treaters, but it’s also brimming with green events that you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday October 7th

Green Building Policy and Design: Best Practices from Switzerland

A panel of experts will discuss the practical aspects of constructing green buildings in the U.S. and Switzerland.

Cost: Free, but RSVPs are essential (email: was.scienceevents@eda.admin.ch)
Location: The Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave.
Time: 6 pm

Friday October 9th

Extreme Green Gala

The event, which benefits CarbonFree DC, will feature high-profile environmentalists, organic food, a $5 cash bar (beer, wine, whiskey), two live bands, and an environmental art show benefiting WVSA youth art program.

Cost: $25
Location: Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave NE
Time: 6:30-11:30 pm

October 9-13 and October 15-18

The Solar Decathlon

University teams from around the world compete to design and build homes that run entirely on solar energy. The teams ship their partially constructed homes to the National Mall, assemble them, and then compete in 10 contests.

Location: The National Mall

Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11

The Green Festival

The granddaddy of green events returns to DC with more than 125 speakers and 350 green businesses, as well as how-to workshops, green films, a Fair Trade pavilion, yoga classes, organic beer, organic cuisine, and live music.

Cost: $15
Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Time: Saturday 10-7, Sunday 11-6

Thursday October 15th

Planting Empowerment Fundraiser

A happy hour to spread the word about Planting Empowerment, an organization that works with rainforest peoples in Panama to make conservation profitable.

Cost: $5 donation (includes free drink) or $10 (free drink plus an chance to win a $50 forest savings bond)
Location: Chi-Cha Lounge, 1624 U Street
Time: 5 to 8 pm

Saturday October 17th

Urban Composting

Put those worms to work and learn how to recycle your yard and kitchen waste, even if you don’t have a yard.

Location: Greater Goods, 1626 U Street NW
Time: 11 am

Friday October 23rd to Sunday October 25th

Introduction to Urban and Community Food Gardens

Spend a weekend learning the basics of urban gardening, garden design, and starting a community garden.

Location: Common Good City Farm, 2025 Elm Street NW
Time: Friday, 6-9pm, Saturday, 9am – 5pm,  Sunday, October 25th 9-4

The Green Festival Arrives

Next weekend, November 8-9, the Green Festival returns to DC with 350 exhibits, green shopping, community networking, organic food and beer, live music and much more. The festival is a joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America, and all exhibitors must meet the standards set by Co-op America.

There will be 125 speakers including Andy Shallal of Busboys & Poets, authors Marion Nestle and Barbara Ehrenreich, Honest Tea’s Seth Goldman, and Parin Shah (local policy director for Green Jobs for All). Festival attendees will be able to explore the latest in clean technology, green building, socially responsible investing, eco-fashion, renewable energy, green careers, natural foods, eco-tourism, and more.

Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat so you can participate in the 50-minute classes held over the two-day event, as well as free 10-minute one-on-one sessions with Boundless Yoga founder Kim Weeks and instructors from her studio.

Event Details

    Location: Washington DC Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place (Mount Vernon Metro stop).

    Time: Saturday 9 am-7 pm; Sunday 11 am-6 pm

    Cost: $15 per person all-access for one or both days