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Earth Day Aiken 2018: Schedule of Events

April 18, 2018

The City of Aiken’s annual Earth Day Festival will be held Saturday, April 21, on the Newberry Street Festival Center and The Alley from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme of the celebration is “Preserving for tomorrow what we all enjoy today.”

The Earth Day celebration will feature a string of guest speakers, vendors, a family bike ride, guided hikes through Hitchcock Woods and more.

This year’s extravaganza – designed to be a “festival location open to the entire city” – marks the fourth year of local Earth Day celebrations in this form.

For more information, visit earthdayaiken.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

• Lights Out Aiken will be April 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at participating restaurants

On Friday evening, several Aiken restaurants will dim their dining room lights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and feature candlelit dining as a symbol of support for global conservation and energy savings. It’s another of Aiken’s efforts toward “Preserving for tomorrow what we all enjoy today.” Participating restaurants will each have their unique approach to dining by candlelight and, at their option, may promote healthy eating as well as locally grown ingredients. Please show your support by dining out at one of these restaurants on April 20.

According to earthdayaiken.org/lights-out-aiken, eateries participating in the 2018 Light Out Aiken are: Woodside Plantation Country Club, The Wilcox, Roma Italian Restaurant, Seeds Cafe Farm and Market, Fatz Cafe Southern Kitchen, Trio, Mellow Mushroom, Takosushi, Whiskey Alley, What’s Cookin’ Downtown, Una Mas Taqueria, Linda’s Bistro, Red Shed Diner, Horse Creek Academy.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

• Earth Day Aiken 2018 will be April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newberry Street Festival Center and The Alley.

• 7:30 a.m. – Exhibitor set-up

• 8:00 a.m. – Registration for Guided Walk in the Woods

• 8:15 a.m. – Walk in the Woods at Hitchcock Woods/Bus Transportation Provided

• 8:30 a.m. – Emcee Entertainment by Ed Girardeau

• 9:30 a.m. – Exhibits open

• 9:30 a.m. – Kids Zone opens with face painting and bounce house

• 10:00 a.m. – Principle singers, drummer’s circle

• 10:15 a.m. – Registration for Guided Walk in the Woods

• 10:15 a.m. – Mayor Rick Osbon will recognize sponsors, exhibitors, art contest winners and talk about Solar Subscription Plan

• 10:30 a.m. – Walk in the Woods at Hitchcock Woods/Bus Transportation Provided

• 10:30 a.m. – Columbia Marionette Theatre

• 10:30 a.m. – Food stations open

• 11:15 a.m. – Principle singers, drummer’s circle

• 11:30 a.m. – Family Bicycle Registration

• 11:45 a.m. – City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh will recognize sponsors, exhibitors and give Recycling Policy statement

• Noon – Family Bicycle Ride

• Noon – Columbia Marionette Theatre

• 2 p.m. – Festival ends