Arts Focus: Earth Day Every Day on Langston Boulevard

This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Looking for engaging Earth Day activities for the whole family?

Look no further than Earth Day Every Day on Langston Boulevard, a day-long street festival filled with live music, delicious food, children’s art activities, a native plant sale, environmental education opportunities and a sustainable art market. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Lee Heights Shops, 4500 Cherry Hill Road.

Hosted by the Langston Boulevard Alliance, with programming and marketing support from founding partner Arlington Arts, Earth Day Every Day on Langston Boulevard offers a chance for the entire Arlington community to unite in celebrating our local environment and the planet itself.

This festival commemorates the global Earth Day movement that began in 1970, urging us all to play a part, big or small, in preserving and protecting our environment. With a variety of activities available, there’s something for everyone:

Exploring the Sustainable Art Market: Eco-friendly Creations from Local Vendors

  • Artologica: Original art and stylish accessories inspired by science
  • Bicycle Trash: Handmade goods made from overlooked materials
  • Soultry: A range of self-care offerings from affirmative apparel and clay jewelry to 100% natural skin and hair care
  • Trade Roots: Home décor, fashion and handcrafted jewelry that tells a story of craftsmanship, sustainability and global positive impact
  • Alana Rivera Studios: A range of jewelry, including a line made from Arizona Tea Cans, gift cards, and other upcycled materials.
  •  Full list of vendors here.

Participate in “Climate Hope”

Write a quick 6-word poem, pledge or illustration focused on climate change on a specially designed sari from the ancestral village in Bangladesh of artist Monica Jahan Bose, as part of Climate Hope, the latest installation of the Arlington Art Truck.

Enjoy Performances by Acclaimed Artists Throughout the Day

  • Jacqueline Pie Francis (12 p.m.): A jazz vocalist, singer-songwriter and chef who has headlined major East Coast venues. She will be accompanied by guitarist Pat Mackin.
  • Spice Cake (1:15 p.m.): Yaya Patterson’s vocals and regional blues stalwart Miles Spicer’s acoustic guitar blend to create a blues treat.
  • Elena La Fulana (2:30 p.m.): A Latin Grammy-nominated instrumentalist, bilingual Latin-folk singer-songwriter and the lead for Elena & Los Fulanos.
  • Sol Roots (3:45 p.m.): Mixing funk, blues, rock, soul and hypnotic grooves, this internationally touring band has shared the stage with artists such as Booker T. Jones, Cory Henry and Jon Cleary.

Join your fellow community members for a day of celebration, education and inspiration as we come together to honor Earth Day and our shared commitment to environmental stewardship in Arlington.