Green Festival teams up with DC Parks & Rec for family fun

This is the second year that the Green Festival has made its East Coast swing during the spring rather than the fall as it had done for several years. Now in its 11th year, the DC Green Festival has added a third day, opening at 12 noon on Friday, June 5 and running through Sunday, June 7 at the DC Convention Center.

The Green Festival is always a great place to educate yourself and your children on sustainability and ways to make a difference. There is plenty of shopping, healthy food tastings and snacks for purchase, demos, speakers, yoga and movement, education about advocacy with non-profit organizations, home improvement tips and much more. This year the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of the Family Fun Zone activities. Read on for more information about this year’s attractions and updated photos of the 2015 Green Festival.

The Family Fun Zone is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A full schedule of events for the whole festival can be found at http://greenfestivals.org/wdc/schedule

At last check, the plan for Family Fun Zone activities included the following:

  • Imagination Play Station
  • “Park”ing Day
  • Making seed balls
  • Recycling relay races
  • Kaboom!’s Rig-a-am-jig play set

Saturday Presentations & Classes: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Worm/Compost Class
  • Adult gardening education
  • Spouts & Microgreens

Special Saturday Presentation
JhaZamoraS Publishing at DC Green Festival - veggie cutouts3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. –

Storytelling with Author Chenniah Patrick of

JhaZamoraS Publishing reading the children’s book:

I Won’t Eat That!

Sunday Presentations & Classes
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • How to be a park partner
  • Habitat gardens
  • How to make a raised garden bed
  • Simple Park Work outs for the whole family
  • Beekeeping
  • Wearable Art Workshop with Linda Lee (HS students only)

Updated on Friday: Also note that in the Yoga Pavilion, there will be Family & Children’s Yoga on Saturday, June 6, 11:00-12:30 p.m. And on Sunday, 2:00-3:00 with be either a beginner’s flow or family & children’s yoga, to be announced.

The Green Festival is a haven for vegans and vegetarians, especially with the fresh food that is offered, but vendors cater to many varieties of health-conscious foodies.

This year, these some of the food vendors include Abba Paleo Bars, Buchi Kombucha, Ever Bar, Go Raw, I Heart Keenwah, Khepra’s Raw Food Juice BarMompops, Natural ZingRelay Foods, Terra Nut, and, of course, longtime Green Festival partner, MOM’s Organic Market.

MOMs Organic Market at DC Green Festival 2015

Some of the many health & wellness exhibitors this year include the BioMat Network, offering free 15-minute sessions on the healing amethyst crystal mat, The DC Dentist, and Virginia Association of Naturopathic Physicians. There are plenty of beauty-related vendors including shea butter specialist Kiroja and Jassy’s Tasty Pasty.

The Green Festival is also a must-visit for anyone planning any kind of home improvement or renovation. Check out the full list of exhibitors and just try, I dare you, to get to all the home improvement ones! Maybe if you can go without your kids or return for two or three days!Green Festival logo

Organizations of particular interest to parents and children include Moms Clean Air Force  National Aquarium, and Beyond Pesticides.

Beyond Pesticides at DC Green Festival 2015

Read about the second Moms Clean Air Force Play-In for Climate Action on the Hill on July 7 in the July issue of Natural Awakenings, whose publisher, Robin Fillmore, is pictured here.

Moms Clean Air Force and Robin Fillmore of Natural Awakenings

Also check out the books and healthy eating alphabet cards at JhaZamoraS Publishing

JhaZamoraS Publishing healthy food at DC Green Festival

JhaZamoraS Publishing at DC Green Festival

JhaZamoraS Publishing healthy food alphabet at DC Green Festival

and the fabulously comfortable Yogibo bean bag furniture.

Mindful Healthy Life in Yogibo bean bag at DC Green Festival 6-5-15

Child in Yogibo bean bag at DC Green Festival 6-5-15

Yogibo bean bag at DC Green Festival 6-5-15

Check out the full list of this year’s exhibitors and the full schedule of events. Peruse the preview guide and view the floorplan ahead of time to plan your route through the many aisles! Do note that the Family Fun area is at the far corner, and restrooms are near the entrance.

Also note that Philadelphia-based Mompops is located right near the Fun Zone!

Mom Pops

Mom Pops boxes

Arriving early on the weekend mornings is highly recommended.

For more on past years, see our recap from 2014 and a piece on the 2013 festival.

For more on this year’s offerings and background on what the Green Festival stands for and what service projects it has supported, visit the Green Festival website.

Tickets range from $12 for one day to $32 for a weekend pass and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Or, show a receipt from MOM’s Organic Market for $25 or more and get a full weekend pass! Children under 16 are free as are those who bike to the festival and show a helmet at the door.

All photos copyright Mindful Healthy Life

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