Riverbend Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton.
The 10th annual event offers live music, food and drinks, an artisan’s market, environmental education, and more. The festival will take place throughout the building at 400 Landmarks Blvd., with vendors set up in the lobby, event space and brewery. The dining room will be open for business as usual.
The main structure of the event is in keeping with previous years, but the number of participating vendors and organizations will be slightly reduced in order to accommodate maximum social distancing. All local COVID guidelines will be followed.
“We have so many amazing local environmental organizations and sustainable vendors and artisans that we hated to skip out on Riverbend Earth Day Festival for a second year,” says co-founder of The Old Bakery Beer Company, Lauren Pattan, “So, we decided to keep the full spirit of the event alive, while also having to make some adjustments for public health.”
Riverbend Earth Day Festival is free to the public and open to all ages. The event will feature nature activities and information from a variety of environmental non-profits including Treehouse Wildlife Center, The Nature Institute, McCully Heritage Project, and more. The farmer’s and artisan’s market will feature a variety of local sustainability-focused vendors including Flourish, Green Thumb Nursery, Radcliffs Rad Thrifts, Iris Hill Farm & Apiary, and more. Acoustic live music will be enjoyed throughout the event.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase from The Old Bakery Beer Company and Poputopia Popcorn & Gourmet Sweets. The Old Bakery Beer Company will have a bar set up in the event space alongside other vendors.