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What is Earth Fest?

Earth Fest is a free community celebration of the past, present, and future sustainability efforts in River Falls and the surrounding area. This family-friendly event includes live music, fun family activities, food sampling, a sustainability and wellness fair, free giveaways, and more. Earth Fest 2024 will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 12-4 pm at the UW-River Falls University Center. Free shuttle transportation will be available from several River Falls locations in collaboration with the River Falls Bluegrass Festival.

Who is invited to Earth Fest?

ALL ARE WELCOME...residents and nonresidents, young and old, those involved in environmental sustainability and wellness, and more. We would love for everyone to join us at Earth Fest to learn more about sustainable action and living!

Have Additional Questions?

Follow us on Facebook: Earth Fest River Falls or follow the QR code

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Interested in volunteering?

Use the Sign Up Genius to reserve a spot!

Paul Douglas

11am - noon

UWRF University Center *FREE Admission*

Paul Douglas is a meteorologist with 45 years of television and radio experience. Douglas writes a daily Minneapolis Star Tribune weather column and has weather duties on WCCO Radio. Douglas has authored four books, including his most recent , "A Kid's Guide to Saving the Planet."

As a religious conservative who began as a climate change skeptic, Douglas is now viewing climate change as undeniable and believes that caring for our planet is a moral and spiritual obligation.

"It's not hopeless, and we're not helpless." ~Paul Douglas


Sustainability & Wellness Fair

12 - 4 pm in UWRF University Center


100+ Exhibits

Groups will reflect a wide variety of sustainability and wellness topics and they are eager to share information with attendees. Many organizations will have activities at their booths and sustainable giveaways!



Free Samples of Local & Sustainable Options

Beef sliders

Vegan BBQ sandwiches

Hummus wraps

Quinoa with roasted tomato and lemon

Sunflower Seed Cookies


Featuring ForagerChef Alan Bergo *James Beard Award-winning chef, author, and forager. Black walnut cracking activity and samples!

Check out Bergo's website:

or follow on him on Instagram @foragerchef

Meet your Farmer - Talk with local farmers about their practices and products! Learn how to make informed decisions around sustainability and your food choices such as miles traveled, food waste reduction, and food packaging



Music Located in Falcon's Nest

The Earth Fest stage will boast lots of musical talent, including one official River Falls Bluegrass, Bourbon & Brews Festival artist to round out the afternoon!🎶


Entertainment Schedule:

12:15-1:00 - RFHS UNstrumental A Capella Group

1:15-1:45 - Barbershop Singers

2:00-4:00 - @Lou Shields (Bluegrass Fest)

Our partnership with River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau & River Falls Bluegrass Festival also means that the Bluegrass shuttle will make periodic stops at Earth Fest. Please check their website for shuttle stop locations & schedule:



Indoor and Outdoor Locations

*All activities planned from 12-4 and located on the lower level of the University Center, unless otherwise noted

All Day Activities

Interactive Water Activities

Prairie Games

DIY Eco Cleaners

Book Giveaway

Art Project with Community Arts Base (CAB)​

Humble Horse Ojibwe Ponies (Outside)

Outdoor Learning & Play for Young Children (Outside)

Scheduled Activities

12:30-2 - Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue

2:15-2:45 - Storytime with RF Public Library

2:30-3 - Mindful Movement Walk 1 to the Kinnickinnic River (leaving from lower level of UC)

3:30-4 - Mindful Movement Walk 2 to Kinnickinnic River (leaving from lower lever of UC)



Featuring EVs, Bikes, and Tools

Ride in an electric vehicle with Drive Electric Earth Month!

⚡Electric cars, bikes, tools, and more!
⚡Talk with owners about their electric vehicles and get your questions answered regarding charging, battery life, rebates, and vehicle range.
⚡Find out more about the clean-air benefits, national security benefits, cost-savings and fun provided by electric cars.

⚡Enjoy the drivability of electric vehicles.

“Drive Electric Earth Month (DEEM) is presented by Plug In America, The Electric Vehicle Association, The Sierra Club, EVHybridNoire, and Drive Electric USA”


Vote 4 Earth

Are you ready for the upcoming elections this year?

🌎🎖📝Learn more about:

  • voter registration and what’s on your ballot

  • how to inform yourself on environmental and sustainability issues before voting

  • helpful websites/resources for contacting your elected officials and political parties

🗳️ “Vote” at Earth Fest for the local sustainability issues that are most important to you!
🆓 Giveaways!


Parking Information


👟🚲 Walk or bike!

🚗 Free parking on public streets around UWRF (Spring, 5th, 6th, Walnut, etc.)

🚙 Free parking in UWRF Lot 1/Lot Q (Cascade Ave & 2nd Street - west of North Hall)

-  From there, walk or EV shuttle to Earth Fest (south across Cascade Ave)

🚙 Free parking also available in the following UWRF lots: A, B2, E, G, H, K, N, O, and T (Some spots are reserved and all signs should be obeyed - parking in a reserved spot will result in a ticket)

💳 Pay parking (vendor & handicap) in Pay Lot 2 (South of University Center)

🚌 Free parking & shuttle service to/from Earth Fest will be available between 12-4 pm (4th St circle drop off) in collaboration with River Falls Bluegrass, Bourbon & Brews Festival. Shuttle details can be found here:

Click Map to View PDF

Clothing Swap

Bring 1-2 gently used (adult-sized) clothing items to donate or trade. Clothing swap on the main level of the University Center.

Offered in partnership with Our Neighbors' Place, Inc. (The Closet), and RFHS Wiley’s Wardrobe!

Plan Ahead!

Well Water Testing

💧Free drinking water nitrate screening offered by St. Croix County.

Bring in ~8 oz. of water in a closed container (preferably glass) collected within 24 hours of the event. It is important to run the tap for 10 minutes (on cold at full flow) before collecting the sample

Bring for recycling/disposal:

Medications, Hearing Aids, Eyeglasses, Batteries

🔋 Batteries: alkaline batteries of all shapes & sizes
💊 Medication: expired, unwanted, or unused medications (prescription or OTC) and pill bottles.
🦻👓 Eyeglasses & hearing aids

Gently Used Notebooks & Folders

Mindful SOULutions (Sustainability & Wellness Fair table)
Drop off gently used folders & notebooks for reuse. Help yourself if you need some!

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*Please contact if you are interested in being a sponsor



Coming Soon
Recipes from the event
Vendor list

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