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Sandra Tsing Loh to emcee 10th Annual Earth and Arts Festival, featuring first-ever sustainable beer garden


Celebrate a world of nature, art and live music at the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival, Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park and the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. This year’s master of ceremonies is noted author, performer and KPCC radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh.

Marking its 10th anniversary as one of the biggest Earth Day events in the Southland, the free family festival features activities, exhibits and entertainment for all ages.

Browse through a huge eco-marketplace where local businesses and non-profit groups will promote green living, energy and water efficiency, composting, organic foods, green building design, alternative transportation and renewable energy. City staff will be on hand to answer your questions about waste reduction, recycling, water and energy conservation, and parks and nature preserves.

Green Truck and Coolhaus, two of the region’s most popular specialty food trucks, will sell affordable (and sustainable!) meals and snacks throughout the day.

Speaking of sustainable and eco-friendly business practices, locally brewed beers will be available inside the festival’s first-ever Sustainable Beer Garden, serving up exceptional artisan lagers and ales from Pasadena’s own Craftsman Brewing Company and Los Angeles’s Eagle Rock Brewery. Fourteen-ounce beers for $5 will be served in fully compostable, corn-based cups. Pita Pita of Pasadena will serve food inside and outside the beer garden.

In addition to providing free youth art workshops throughout the day, Armory Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artist collaborative Fallen Fruit to this year’s festival. Fallen Fruit is an ongoing art collaboration among Los Angeles-based artists David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Fallen Fruit began with creating maps of the fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles and other American cities and has evolved into an ongoing series of visual images and participatory public projects. Fallen Fruit will present one of its signature Public Fruit Jams throughout the festival. The public is invited to bring homegrown or “found” public fruit and join in this community-building jam-making art experience.

Use the Metro Gold Line to come to the festival and show your Metro pass at the transportation booth to receive an Earth Day reusable bag, while supplies last.  Or join the 5.7-mile Earth and Arts Festival Bike Ride through town, led by C.I.C.L.E. Perfect for riders of all ages and skill levels, the guided tour will showcase the city’s safe bike routes and some of the city’s best green buildings.

Start your weekend early with a free Earth Day film screening on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park’s outdoor Levitt Pavilion. Tom Shadyac’s inspirational documentary, “I Am,” asks what’s wrong with our world and what we can do about it.

The annual festival is co-sponsored by the city of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Conscientious Projector and Metro. For more information, visit or call 626-744-4087.

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