Good news for eco-conscious vampires around Atlanta: We've got a list of ways you can celebrate Earth Day at night in the A.
Earth Day, which is Saturday, April 22, is in its 47th year of raising awareness about environmental protection. In Atlanta, there are a number of after-dark happenings to help you celebrate all week.
Some of these Earth Day events are for families, while others involve multi-day Widespread Panic concerts (and therefore are not).
Just remember that there is no wrong way to participate in Earth Day, and your involvement matters (even if it's just riding to YEAH! Burger for a free sandwich with proof of bike). Also,it should be noted that in attending one of these five events, you help keep the night owl from going the way of the dodo.
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Here are five Earth Day night events for eco-friendly Atlantans:
April 21 - 23, 2017
Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W NW
In addition to being a four stage, multi-day concert and a rising Atlanta institution, the annual 420Fest is an Earth Day (weekend) celebration held in our most public square at Centennial Olympic Park. The festival offers information and interactive displays on things like trash compacting and waste reduction, and you can learn more about the sustainability arm of the concerts here. But, for the vast majority of the concert goers, the Earth Day connection is loose at best. 420 Fest shows are about listening to a solid weekend of live music. This Earth Day, thanks to SweetWater Brewery, you can give back to the planet just by attending a Widespread Panic show. Or a Trey Anastasio show. Or a Trombone Shorty show.
7-11 p.m. April 21
The Promenade at Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta
Looking for something more...sophisticated? The Nature Conservancy will host its 23rd annual Earth Day Celebration on April 21st at The Promenade at Piedmont Park. The event has raised more than $4 million dollars over the year. With this year’s Moonlight Through the Pines theme, The Nature Conservancy brings the music of the Bradley Cole Smith Band, as well as a chance to get to know the environmental leaders shaping the Georgia of tomorrow, today.
Green-conscious tap takeover
5 p.m. - 2 a.m. April 16- 22
W Hotel Midtown, 188 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30
During the week of Earth Day, stop in for cocktails at Buckhead's Whiskey Blue (a rooftop bar atop the W Hotel). Whiskey Blue is promoting their "green-conscious tap takeover," partnership with Mother Earth Brewing out of Kinston, North Carolina. The Carolina brewery's beers will be on draft all week like its Weeping Willow Wit, Sisters of the Moon IPA, Endless River Kolsch and Dunkel Lager Dark Cloud. For every Mother Earth beer purchased, a dollar will be donated to Trees Atlanta. That's one more dollar than if you don't drink there. So, drink a beer there. A Mother Earth Brewing beer. And cheers to yourself for an Earth Day well done.
April 21 - 23, 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. (Fri - Sat), 2-9 p.m. (Sun)
Gwinnet Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth
Nearly 50,000 people are expected to flood Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth for the open-air night market this year. The annual event will feature more than 200 art, food, and drink vendors, along with musicians and cultural performances. The three-day event will also feature a "juried art festival," a kid zone, specialty drinks and desserts, a vegan festival, an "International beer village," and several "international food villages” that represent sustainable living. The event runs from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday's night market will be open from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Children under 12 get in free no matter when you go.
Yeah! Burger,1168 Howell Mill Road NW E, or 1017 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta
11 a.m.-11 p.m. April 22
If you get hungry while on your mission to save the Earth Saturday, Yeah! Burger is there to help before or after your Earth Day party. Those willing to bike to their nearest Yeah! Burger location will get a free All-American burger or other menu item of $8.99 or less. The West Midtown and Virginia-Highland locations will be open until 11 p.m. on Earth Day.