Green Festival News

Annie's Green Kid's Zone


Come one, come all, kids big and kids small! Visit Annie's Green Kid's Zone at Green Festival and enjoy a weekend of fun and creative hands-on activities organized by the National Children's Museum! Kids can create wearable water bottle jewelry and creations, participate in a recycling obstacle challenge, bowl a recycled strike, make a jump rope out of plastic bags, build a city, learn about the busy futures of recycled objects and learn how the National Children's Museum will be a green organization!

Join Us at the 6th Annual WDC Green Festival

Dear Friends,
Make plans to join us at the 6th annual Washington D.C. Green Festival at the Convention Center in downtown WDC!

crowd_DCWhether you live in a big house or a tiny apartment, whether you are on a shoestring budget or ready to make a financial investment, whether you work from home or an office, you'll find great ideas for greening your life, your community and the world at the Green Festival.

At the Green Festival, you'll experience visionary speakers and workshops to inspire your actions every day.


Green Living Project


Green Festival partner, Green Living Project, is excited to announce its newest multi-media event showcasing cutting-edge global sustainability stories. Green Living Project mixed media presentation, "Global Sustainability: Central America to Maine", will feature sustainability projects in Maine and from across Central America, including Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. During the showcase, audience members will be able to experience the expedition team’s journey and witness the latest efforts in marine conservation, adventure eco-lodges, voluntourism, urban sustainable tourism (geo-tourism), indigenous communities, education, sustainable forestry and more. Attendees can also learn about responsible adventure travel, sustainable living, and Chewonki’s famous wilderness and sustainability education programs in Maine!

Greening Green Festivals


At Green Festival we aspire to achieve the highest possible waste diversion rate. We not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk when it comes to operating an event that is as sustainable in design and practice as its message promises!

Trash cans do not exist at Green Festival. Instead, we utilize Resource Recovery Stations, which feature collection bins for recyclable items, organic and compostable items and the little waste that cannot be recycled. You can even recycle electronic devices in E-waste receptacles! Every Resource Recovery Station also includes a liquids bucket for "gray water." Each station features trained volunteers to assist attendees in choosing the right bin for their waste and to ensure that there is no contamination between the bins.

Best Fall Foliage Around DC

A guest blog by Genevieve Concannon of Arbour Realty

fall_coloursThe countdown is on for the Fall weather to kick in. School is back in session, pools are about to start closing up for the season, and leaves are most definitely starting to turn their lush greens into rustic browns. Maybe the high heat of this current Summer is to blame for the early fall leaves, but maybe that means there will be a fantastic show of fall leave colors in the DC Metro area this year. Not only do we get the beautiful sweet cherry blossoms in the Spring time around Northern Virginia and DC, but we also get fiery -fall foliage! You don't have to head to Vermont to get a fabulous show of electric yellow, dashing red and deep chocolate leaves if you live or are visiting the surrounding DC communities. Here are a few roadways and parks you can do a day trip to see some beautiful fall leaves. Mark you calendars for the later part of September and early October for the best leaves:

Day Trips to see beautiful fall foliage around DC:

  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Great Falls National Park
  • Skyline Drive
  • 7100- Fairfax County Parkway

Maryland even has the Autumn Glory Festival! They say that October and early November are the best fall leave viewing times in Maryland... but it can change from year to year, especially with the crazy weather we've been experiencing up here!


For more information about exhibitor Arbour Realty, visit their website or blog. You can find Arbour Realty in booth 819 at Green Festival Washington D.C.

The Green Festival Team


This week we want to pay homage to the team of amazing people who work tirelessly from start to finish in order to make each Green Festival a success. The Green Festival team represents a wealth of diversity sharing the common goal to make the communities cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

The Green Festival team is made up of dedicated individuals living in different cities throughout the United States. The team works together to create exciting and engaging events that combine nationally-renowned elements with innovative, local flavor, while always maintaining our commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Every day, we are all working to make each Green Festival even better, and greener, than the last.

Not Just "Green" But Also "Festival"


The passing summer has been filled with hard work, creative thinking and immense fun for the Green Festival Team. Exploring the possibilities of the “Party with a Purpose” has unlocked a wealth of creativity, passion and resolve to build upon the foundation that exists and fly into new horizons. And what lies in those horizons? Excitement, celebration, involvement and most of all, engagement! A true appeal to those of you who attend every year and to those of you who will experience their first Green Festival to celebrate taking part in the wellbeing of your own communities with us, and be rewarded for your amazing contributions! While maintaining a longstanding, strong commitment to the meaning of “Green,” we cannot forget the meaning of the word “Festival.”

Shop MOM’s Organic Market™ For Free Admission


We are proud to partner with MOM’s Organic Market™ to offer FREE admission to anyone who purchases $25 or more at any MOM’s Organic Market™ store during the month of October. Your MOM's receipt is your ticket!

Founded in 1987, MOM’s Organic Market™ has grown to become the Washington-Baltimore region’s premiere chain of locally owned and operated organic grocery stores. Each location features 100% organic produce and an incredible selection of organic products at everyday low prices. Often recognized as a leader among green businesses, MOM's mission is, “To Protect and Restore the Environment.”

Visit the MOM’s Organic Market™ website or find them on Twitter and Facebook.


Welcome to the Green Festival Blog!

We are excited to invite you to take an insider look at behind-the-scenes action in each city with our new Green Festival Blog. This blog will serve as a platform for conversation about green and socially responsible topics from coast to coast.

Green Festival is the nation's largest sustainability event; and we are always working to improve the festival you know and love. This year’s theme is ‘Engagement,’ with exciting new ways to shop green, be inspired, get engaged and give back. You will enjoy informative, insightful speakers, incomparable green shopping, cutting edge eco-innovations, great live music, fun and educational family activities, hands-on workshops, organic wine and beer and delicious, local vegetarian cuisine. Plus, our new admission options are geared to encourage you to get engaged in your community with immediate dividends from Green Festival.

Mayor Daley & Governor Quinn Kick-off Green Festival Chicago

Green ribbon cutting with Govenor Pat Quinn, Denise Hamler and Mayor Richard Daley

Chicago's 4th annual Green Festival at Navy Pier was another great success, with huge crowds and excited media covering the event. Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor Pat Quinn honored Green Festival with a green ribbon cutting ceremony by welcoming and speaking to the gathered press, guests and businesses. During the ceremony, Illinois Governor Quinn signed legislation into law that mandates energy savings of state buildings (Senate Bill 3429). "Illinois is committed to being a leader in the green movement," said Governor Quinn. "This bill is a first step in creating standards for energy efficiency at existing state buildings and further addresses the state's green goals."