Clean Air Council’s Greenfest Philly presented by Toyota Hybrids returns to South Street on Sunday, September 11th 2016 with more eco fun than ever before! The full day of free family fun has something for everyone, with live music, free cooking demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, a twenty-five foot rock wall, and even edible bugs. Here’s our top 50 reasons Greenfest Philly is our top pick for the start of fall festival season.
1) Join a biker gang. Be a part of Go Philly Go and Kiddical Mass’ organized bike ride from Fitler Square.
2) Feel what it’s like to drive a hybrid. Head to the Toyota Hybrids on-site showroom to test drive the new 2017 Prius Prime before it’s even available to the public.
3) Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Kids and adults can catch climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.
4) Do you sun salutations in the sun at outdoor yoga with Three Queens Yoga led by Adriana Akintobi from 10:00am to 11:00am at 2nd and South streets stage.
5) Try a green colored eye shadow that is actually green. Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including Neal’s Organic Yard Remedies body products and Philadelphia Independents locally crafted one-of-a-kind gifts.
6) Prove that everything old is new again and purchase upcycled jewelry handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such as Beaucycled and Modern Hex. Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including Neal’s Organic Yard Remedies body products and Philadelphia Independents locally crafted one-of-a-kind gifts.
7) Stop by the Beer Garden and enjoy sustainably brewed beer from Weyerbacher brewery.
8) Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.
9) Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly. Bring gently used clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5 donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you are free to roam and take what you’d like. Philly AIDS Thrift will be on hand with item from their store to get the swap started.
10) Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced tea, coffee and solar powered chargers.
11) Release your inner artist and try your hand at painting with the gang from A Taste of Artistry.
12) Pretend you are on an episode of Top Chef, while watching live vegan and vegetarian cooking demos from some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants like Revolution Taco, P’unk Burger and Miss Rachel’s Pantry.
13) Conquer your fears while sampling edible bugs from Bug Yum including crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from ground bugs.
14) Showcase your green thumb and make an upcycled succulent arrangement to display in your home with Beaucycled or seed bombs to plant in your garden with Green Philly.
MUSIC (11:00am to 2:30pm) Local music is more sustainable than music that has to be shipped thousands of miles to your ears.
15) Little Strike – “Little Strike” is the alias of Middle Eastern-born but now Philadelphia based musician Tamar Dart. Her Indie Electronic Pop sound will surely get you moving.
16) The Mysteries – If you’re a fan of The Doors, you’ll love the psychedelic sounds of The Mysteries. Let their bluesy guitar rhythms transport you to an era of peace and love.
17) Ceramic Animal – The guitar heavy sounds of Ceramic Animal may remind you of iconic acts like Pink Floyd but don’t be fooled. These Bucks County natives are not afraid to give psychedelic rock a new spin.
18) Ill Fated Natives – It may be hard to put Ill Fated Strangers into a category since their sound is a blend of blues, rock, and smooth jazz but the Philadelphia based group will have you swaying to their tribal rhythms in no time.
FOOD AND DRINK
Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.
19) Nomad Pizza
20) Weckerley’s Ice Cream
21) Kung Fu Hoagies
23) Soy Cafe
24) Follow Your Heart
25) The Twisted Tail
MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner will feature fun for all ages!
26) MOM’s Organic Market’s booth will have free samples and healthy snacks. Show kids that good for you food can also taste good.
27) Let the kids give arts and crafts a spin –while making pinwheels with the gang from Mom’s Clean Air Force.
28) Meet your new best friend and share a kiss at New Leash on Life’s Puppy Kissing Booth. Help a dog find a fur-ever home.
29) Kid’s Yoga, Yoga Friends will be leading a yoga class just for kids! Creative thinking, flexibility, better health, inner focus, greater concentration, improved social skills and physical strength are just some of the benefits of yoga for kids. Through interactive games and exercises, kids learn yoga postures, breathing techniques and lots more! And it’s all just plain fun!
30) Head on down to Climate City, to learn about the local impacts of climate change and learn from CUSP, a network of local organizations who engage the public on climate change issueswhat you can do to change things.
ECO ARTISANS AND SHOPPING
Purchase one of a kind handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans. Shop for farm fresh produce at Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market, featuring dozens of vendors featuring fruit, veggies, artisanal cheese, baked goods, chocolates and more. Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods.
31) ACRE Replacement Windows – Home and garden
32) Baby Bat Beauty – Health and beauty
33) Beaucycled – Eco artistan
34) Bennett Compost – Home and garden
35) Blue Conservations – Home and garden
36) Eviama Life Green Spa & Boutique – Health and beauty
37) Philly Aids Thrift – Clothing and accessories
38) Yoga Friends – Health and beauty
39) Tintco Window Tinting – Home and garden
40) Urban Work Textiles – Eco artistan
41) Yoga Living – Health and beauty
Become educated and take action on critical environmental issues from leading advocacy groups.
42) NextGen Climate
43) Clean Air Council
44) 350 Philadelphia
45) The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
46) Eastern Service Workers
47) The Franklin Institute
48) Penn Environment
49) Sierra Club
50) US Forest Service
Admission is free.Go to www.greenfestphilly.org or more information, you can also call 215-567-4004, and follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter. Look for our lives tweets from the event at @phillylovesfun. See you this weekend!