I recently attended Green Festival in Washington DC and had a blast! For those of you on the other side of the map, don’t miss the 9th Annual San Francisco Green Festival, November 6th & 7th. It’s a great way to have some fun while learning about living an eco friendly, sustainable lifestyle. If you plan to go, make sure to bring your reusable shopping bag. I came away from the DC festival with two bags full of product samples and literature! Don’t have a reusable bag? No problem, you’ll find plenty of them at the Green Festival.
Here’s an “in-a-nutshell” rundown of the Green Festival; what it is, who’s behind it, and what you can expect to get from it.
What is Green Festival?
Imagine rounding up a bunch of authors, speakers, musicians, merchandise, and pretty much anything else related to sustainable living. Put all that in the same room (a really, really big room), and you have a general idea of what Green Festival is. More sustainability than you can shake a stick at!
You’ll find workshops, activities for the kids, educational booths, and fair trade merchandise, just to name a few. For lunch you can try out some vegan cuisine. And then, with your full belly, make sure you check out the organic bedding displays! There is plenty there to keep you busy for the entire weekend, so give yourself enough time to take it all in at an enjoyable pace.
There is something for everyone at Green Festival. You can learn a new skill, listen to inspiring words from political, intellectual and cultural icons, shop at any of our green vendors ‘til you drop, find new styles, munch on delicious cuisine, enjoy a glass of organic wine, peruse recent publications in the bookstore, sample fair trade chocolate and coffee, engage with local nonprofit organizations and much more! New admission options will give you the immediate benefit of getting into Green Festival, while also giving you the lasting benefits of engaging with your local community to make your world a better place.
— Source: greenfestivals.org
November 6 – 7, 2010
Saturday 10AM – 7PM
Sunday 11AM – 6PM
SF Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th St (at Brannan St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Who’s Responsible For Green Festival?
Green Festival is a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. Check out their websites to see how these organizations are making a difference:
Programs include Living Green, Better Paper Project, Fair Trade, Climate Action, Responsible Shopper, Boycotts, Sweatshops, Shop & Unshop, Green Businesses, and Social Investing. Publications include National Green Pages, Green American, and Guide to Socially Responsible Investing (all free with membership).
“As an education and action resource center, we advance our vision by working to ensure our members and constituents are empowered locally and connected globally to create a just and sustainable world.
Global Exchange® takes a holistic approach to creating change. With 20 years working for international human rights, we realize that in order to advance social, environmental and economic justice we must transform the global economy from profit centered to people centered, from currency to community.”
If you do make it to Green Festival, be sure to stop by the Global Exchange and Green America booths to learn more.
How Much Does Green Festival Cost?
Admission to the Green Festival is $15 – $25 depending on if you attend one or both days, and whether you’re a member of any of the festival’s partner organizations. You can find all the details and order your tickets online HERE. Depending on which pass you purchase, you’ll also get “GF Bucks” worth $5-$15 at any of the Green Festival vendor booths!
How to Get FREE Admission to Green Festival:
- If you’re a member of Green America or Global Exchange, your admission is free.
- Green Festival volunteers get in free.
- If you’re under 18 years old, you get in free.
- Donate your unused mobile phones for recycling with T-Mobile. The first 250 people to recycle a phone will also receive a free organic festival T-shirt. All makes and models of devices will be accepted.
- Bring a Rainbow Grocery receipt dated Nov. 1st to Nov. 7th, 2010 with a minumin purchase of $10 and get into the Green Festival for free.
- Supporters of SF Food Bank who bring 4 nonperishable food items will receive free admission courtesy of KPIX CBS 5.
- Visit your San Francisco Bay Area Nissan Dealer for complimentary Green Festival pass.
- Engage with other local non-profits to get a free pass. See the list HERE (see “Option 2”).
For more details about Green Festival San Francisco, see the Green Festival website.
For a detailed schedule of events, speakers, etc. check out the online Green Festival Flipbook