Frequently Asked Questions - Earth Day Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Earth Day Texas?
Where is Earth Day Texas?
Is there a difference between the three days?
What are the hours of the event?
Is it really free?
Where do I park at Fair Park?
Can I ride my bike to the event?
How do I take DART to Fair Park?
Is the event family-friendly and can I bring my kids?
Can I bring my dog?
Will there be something to eat at the event?
What should I bring?
What can I NOT bring?
There is so much to see – how do I plan my visit?

When is Earth Day Texas?

Earth Day Texas is always hosted the weekend immediately before or after April 22, which is the official day Earth Day is celebrated worldwide. Admission is free to the general public on Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. See the event schedule.

Where is Earth Day Texas?

The Earth Day Texas event takes place at Fair Park in Dallas, among the beautiful art deco buildings and historic oak trees. See the map of Fair Park in our event guide.

Is there a difference between the three days?

All of the exhibits will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; however, there will be certain events and conferences that are not open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday. Also, there will be special programming and entertainment only available on certain days.
Wednesday & Thursday (closed to general public) include conferences, meetings and symposium.

Friday

Friday will feature special programming tracks and notable speakers that cater to the business community and Dallas-area schools. There is an Eco Conference for local and national businesses, where they can conduct meetings, participate in sustainable business conferences, and learn from special speakers. Select schools in the Dallas Independent School District run field trips to Earth Day Texas on Friday as well, and the students have special access to the exhibits and interactive experiences that will be available the rest of the weekend. The event is open to the public on Friday and, if you are looking for an excuse to get away from work for a good cause, we will welcome you at Earth Day Texas.

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday and Sunday will feature special interactive experiences and education tracks, such as our Green Speaker Series and EARTHxFilm Festival. The Sustainable Beer Garden and Savor Sustainable Restaurant pavilions will be in full swing and live music will play well into the evening. There will be special programming for families and children in addition to the regular event activities.
Please check the event schedule section of the website to see everything that will be happening at Earth Day Texas 2017.

What are the hours of the event?

The regular hours of the Expo are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. On Saturday, the hours may be extended for the live music, Sustainable Beer Garden, and Savor Sustainable Restaurant Pavilion. Some stewardship events such as meet-and-greets and banquet dinners might occur outside the regular event hours.

Is it really free?

Yes! General admission to the event April 21-23 is free. We believe everyone should have access to the fun, excitement, and education offered at Earth Day Texas. We encourage visitors to take DART to the entrance of Fair Park. The City of Dallas charges $10 for parking in lots at Fair Park. Check in with us for pre-registration opportunities that may include free parking passes.

Where do I park at Fair Park?

We encourage event attendees to use alternative means of transportation – biking, DART, carpooling – but if you need to drive, we recommend entering and parking at Gates 2, 6 and 10 at Fair Park.  

Can I ride my bike to the event?

Yes – in fact, we encourage it! We will have large bike parking stations in the footprint of the event.

How do I take DART to Fair Park?

The Green Line of DART rail will take you right to the entrance of Fair Park, next to Gate 4 and the Music Hall off Parry and Exposition Avenue. Once you hop on the train your stop is called ‘Fair Park Station.’ Easy enough to remember!
DART is a great resource here in Dallas and, even if you’ve never taken the rail line before, we encourage you to try it out for the first time for Earth Day Texas.

Is the event family-friendly and can I bring my kids?

Absolutely!  Although there will be some areas designated for adults, there will also be numerous activities specifically designed for children and families. These will be fun, interactive, and educational activities across the footprint of the event. Earth Day Texas is the perfect place to spend the weekend with family and friends!

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. The City of Dallas places certain restrictions on dogs entering buildings, but there are plenty of outdoor activities and areas for your best friend to join you on your journey through Earth Day Texas. Please remember to keep your dog on a leash and bring paper bags to pick up after you pet!

Will there be something to eat at the event?

Yes, there will be healthy, sustainable dining options, samples from some of the best restaurants and chefs in Dallas and snacks from local Texas food producers.

What should I bring?

Please bring friends, family, dogs, bikes, refillable water containers, and a thirst for learning. Purses and shoulder bags are allowed, as are strollers. Smart phones are encouraged. Don’t forget to check the weather and don’t forget your eco-friendly sunscreen if it is going to be sunny.

What can I NOT bring?

Please do not bring anything that is unsafe, illegal or not in the spirit of Earth Day. Bags will be checked at entrances to the event.

There is so much to see – how do I plan my visit?

We will be providing access to download the iOS or Android app for you to view the event schedule, speakers and programs to help you plan your day. You can also pick up an event guide and brochure with a detailed map at the entrance when you arrive.