After a two-year hiatus, EarthX’s annual Earth Day event will be returning with Earthx2022. A tradition among North Texans, EarthX’s annual expo is a free, family-friendly festival dedicated to celebrating the environment and informing citizens of the world about sustainability.
This year’s event, happening April 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, promises a return to glory with a jam-packed schedule of activities and over 150 exhibitors, including the Dallas Zoo, Half-Price Books and Science on a Sphere.
Activities at this year’s expo appeal to audiences of all ages. The designated kid zones feature environmental storytelling hosted by the Dallas Public Library, face painting, sensory zones and soft play areas. Kids can unleash their creativity and have fun by making their very own “seed bombs”— a no-fuss planting technique that goes back to ancient times. Kids and adults alike are sure to be delighted by special appearances from Jaws the Sloth, stilt-walkers in butterfly costumes and several life-sized dinosaurs that will be spread around the convention center.
Budding artists will also be welcomed. Keeping with environmental themes, the expo is home to sustainable art for perusing and creating. Attendees can admire artwork from the Eco Art Competition, which asked young artists from around the world to create art centered around the theme of “Planting the Seed.” After getting inspired, visitors can create their very own watercolor resist paintings. Nearby “anthropomorphic” chalk art installations will push the limits of reality by turning regular sidewalk into a 3D spectacle. Meanwhile, the solar art station will teach young artists to use the world’s most renewable resource, the sun, to create nature-inspired prints.
Music-lovers will be pleased to find live music performances in a variety of genres. The Texas Blues Brothers, a tribute band with remarkable resemblance to the original duo, will be coming with their Blues Brothers Bus. Dueling piano players are sure to delight with their musical comedy performances. Upbeat DJ’s and jugglers will keep spectators happy as they visit nearby food trucks.
Expo-goers who want to get their blood pumping are encouraged to challenge each other on the rock-climbing walls before taking their talents to the next level by learning sports drills from a team of athletic trainers. Meanwhile, those seeking a more laid-back experience can enjoy guided meditations and yoga classes. In addition to “regular yoga,” the expo will also feature goat yoga—a perfect way to center your mind and body while connecting with nature and animals.
Inside the exhibit hall, some exhibitors will be helping attendees to take direct action by reducing waste. Soles4Souls will be accepting donations of used shoes to send to those in need. United Electronics Recycling will have drop-off zones to keep unwanted electronics out of landfills. And Patagonia will be hosting a booth to make minor clothing repairs to clothes from all brands. Meanwhile, other exhibitors will be promoting sustainability through informational and fundraising efforts. Visitors can stop by Quail Forever’s booth to learn how Texans are saving native quail habitats or pledge to use less water at the City of Dallas pavilion.
Earthx2022 is a wholesome weekend full of family-friendly fun. Those interested in joining can register for free on EarthX’s website or jump right in by coming to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas on April 22-24.