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Saturday, April 26th
Riverfront Park, North Charleston
11a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The purpose of Charleston County’s Annual Earth Day Festival is to educate Lowcountry residents about environmental issues in a celebratory atmosphere. The festival is a hands-on science-based interactive experience, designed to encourage participants of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues. Earth Day was established in1970 and is now celebrated by a half-billion people around the world. We are doing our part locally by celebrating with families, students, and environmental partners. Our theme this year is “Earth to Charleston...”

It’s FUN. And it’s FREE! All festival activities and parking are free, except for food and beverages. Consider arriving by foot, bike, bus or carpool ( or Contact the Recycling Center at (843) 720-7111 for more information.

Annual Earth Day Art Contest

All Charleston County School District students, grades K – 6, are invited to participate in Charleston County’s Annual Earth Day Art Contest. This contest is designed to highlight the creative talents of Charleston County students and to promote celebrating Earth Day in Charleston.

The first place winner’s artwork will serve as the design for the official festival t-shirt, which will be sold at the event. The theme for this year’s Earth Day Festival is “Earth to Charleston.” For complete contest details and to download an entry form, please click here.




Event Schedule

We've assembled a great collection of local talent to celebrate Earth Day. In addition to the entertainment on the main stage, educational activities and demonstrations will be taking place throughout the festival.

Birdman with Hawk in hand



11:15 am

Military Magnet Academy Marching Band

11:30 am

Councilmember Anna Johnson: Awards and Recognition of Earth Day Art Contest Winners

11:40 pm

The Bluestone Ramblers

12:00 pm

Councilmember Colleen Condon: Introduction of Charleston County Environmental Management Mascot

12:10 pm

The Bluestone Ramblers

12:30 pm

Birds of Prey

1:00 pm

CCEM & CCSD Greening Schools Awards
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

1:15 pm

Shrimp City Slim

1:45 pm

Goodwill Fashion Show
Visionary Images Fashion Show

2:10 pm

Zumba Demonstration by Diane Betz

2:35 pm

Mad Science

3:00 pm

Edisto Serpentarium

3:30 pm

Stall High School Steel Drum Band


We have many exciting events planned for Charleston County’s 2014 Earth Day Festival. Please click on each link below to learn more information.

Before you enter the festival....

Drop Off Your Old Paint

Charleston County residents are encouraged to drop off the following items in the parking lot before entering the Earth Day Festival: water-based (latex) or oil-based paint, paint thinner, rust remover, turpentine and furniture stripper.

Paper Shredding

Bring your confidential documents to Earth Day and have them safely shredded for FREE! Cintas will be available from 11am-2pm to securely transport your sensitive documents to their protected shredding facility in the South Carolina area. To free up space, eliminate unnecessary theft and security risks, avoid state and federal fines, and simply get rid of old, outdated, and useless files, bring your old paper documents to Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival and safely recycle it! Cintas shredding will be located in the main parking lot off of McMillan Ave. For a map of the drop off location, please visit the “Location” tab above.

The following items will be accepted:

  • Invoices
  • Financial and Bank Statements 
  • Sales Figures
  • Contracts
  • Canceled Checks
  • Marketing/Advertising Plans
  • Out-of-date Sales Literature
  • Computer Printouts
  • Customer Lists
  • New Product Designs
  • Audit Reports
  • Profit & Loss Statements
  • Cash Books
  • Credit Card Receipts
  • Employee Applications
  • Medical, Insurance, and Personal Records
  • Drug Screens
  • Memos and Legal Briefs
  • Claims and Litigation Records (off-site shredding video)


Electronic Waste Drop Off

It is important to recycle electronics rather than throwing them away because they often contain valuable resources such as precious metals (gold or silver), more common metals (aluminum and copper) and engineered plastics. Recycling electronics helps to recover the materials that, although valuable, can be harmful to the environment.

Charleston County residents are encouraged to drop off the following items in the parking lot before entering the Earth Day Festival. For a map of the drop off location, please visit the “Location” tab above. 

  • Home office equipment: CPUs, monitors (color and b/w), laptops, hard drives, keyboards, mice, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, adding machines, calculators, telephones, cell and cordless phones, PDAs, pagers and shredders. 
  • Audio visual equipment: TVs, VCRs, stereos, radios, camcorders, CD players, DVD players and cassette players.



Goodwill Donation Center

Please bring your unwanted clothing and household items for donation to Goodwill. Goodwill’s mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work! Goodwill serves their mission by providing job training and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Help keep material out of the landfill by recycling what you no longer use! The Goodwill donation center will be located in the main parking lot off of McMillan Ave. For a map of the drop off location, please visit the “Location” tab above.



Once you enter the festival...

Composting Awareness Center

Have you ever wondered how is compost made? Perhaps you are curious about the benefits of using finished compost? Make sure to visit the Compost Awareness Center, a focal point of the festival, featuring information about our local farm to table to compost movement.

Get up close and personal with organic waste and learn how it is turned into a valuable end product that brings revenue to our County! FREE compost samples will be available to take home with you for your garden!

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

Help put cloth diapers in the record books, come learn about cloth diapers, and help raise money for the Real Diaper Association! In 2012, 256 locations in 15 countries held SIMULTANEOUS events to break the world record for the most reusable cloth diapers changes simultaneously. That meant that some events (like in Malaysia) happened at 2am! In 2014, the Lowcounty’s local event will be held inside Riverfront Park in conjunction with Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival. In order to make this event a success and increase awareness of reusable cloth diapers, your participation is needed! If you plan on participating, please be sure to bring your own blanket—this record-breaking event will be happening on the grass in the meadow of Riverfront Park


Electric Car

A representative from Morris Nissan will be available to showcase the brand new Nissan Leaf as well as to answer any questions about electric cars.


Mad Science

Come enjoy the rush of conducting live scientific experiments at the Charleston County Earth Day Festival with local favorite Mad Science. Kids will enjoy the interactive nature of the activities and will be captivated when Mad Science performs an experiment live on stage!


Bird & Reptile Demonstration

Turtle & Tortoise Society of Charleston, Birds of Prey, Edisto Serpentarium, the Lowcountry Exotic Birds Society, and the Edisto Island Serpentarium will all be on hand to ensure an awesome and intuitive showcase of some of the environment’s most unique creatures.

Live Entertainment

Charleston County’s 2014 Earth Day Festival will include performances Shrimp City Slim, a local steel drum band, and The Bluestone Ramblers! Additionally, there will be a live Zumba demonstration, an interactive reptile display by Kiawah Island Nature Center, a recycled fashion show by Goodwill, and even more!

Art Walk

As a celebration of Earth Day, Charleston County hosts an annual Earth Day Art Contest to see whose artistic skills match the designated Earth Day Festival theme the best! The winner gets their image displayed on the back of EVERY official Earth Day t-shirt and will be recognized with an announcement and prizes during the kickoff of the event. This year’s theme is “Earth to Charleston...” You can find the official art contest rules here: Earth Day Art Contest Flyer 2014


Sustainable Market

Recognize community professionals and local businesses that prove their commitment to improving our local environment on a daily basis. Local farmers, artists, and vendors will be on hand to showcase and sell their sustainable wares.




Face Painting

Who doesn’t like to get their face painted? From becoming a cheetah to a superhero, local talent Faces Are Fun will be available to provide fun for the entire family! Faces Are Fun will donate all tips from the day to Pet Helpers, who will be on hand with adoptable animals.


Pet Helpers

Pet Helpers is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 rescue and adoption center and low cost spay/neuter clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Their mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by sheltering our rescued animals until adopted; to provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries; to offer humane education programs; to pursue animal cruelty prosecution; and to invite animal welfare legislation. Representatives from Pet Helpers will be on hand with adoptable animals throughout the festival.

Re-Trend Clothing Swap

Re-Trend is a nomadic womens & mens clothing swap that pops up at different locations around town every couple of months. $1 to swap and it's item for item, up to 10 items, so you get to take as many items as you bring, up to 10. Additional items may be purchased for $3 each. Even if you don't bring anything, feel free to shop. It's just $3 per item. Please bring clothes that are free of stains or holes and please no tshirts, unless they're trendy. To keep informed of future swaps or for more information about the Earth Day Re-Trend Swap, Facebook: Re-Trend.

Recycled Fashion Show

Goodwill will present a fashion show on stage to highlight their low prices innovative ways to help keep our environment clean. When you shop at Goodwill, you do your part to keep material out of the landfill and also help put people in our community to work.



All of our volunteer shifts for the 2014 Earth Day Festival have been filled. Thanks to all of those who signed up!

Be a part of Charleston County’s 2014 Earth Day Festival at Riverfront Park. The success of Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival relies on the energy and hands-on support of our friends, professionals, and students.

When:                Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Where:               Riverfront Park located in
                           North Charleston on former
                           Charleston Naval Base

Time:                 Two shifts available

                            8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.              Set up and Festival opening

                           12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.               Festival and clean-up


What Do Volunteers Do?

Volunteer responsibilities will include: helping vendors and exhibitors set up and break down at their designated table/tent; assisting with crafts; welcoming guests; and most importantly creating awareness about Earth Day and the importance of raising awareness about the environment!


High School/College Volunteers

For high school and college students, the Charleston County Earth Day Festival provides an excellent opportunity to earn those much needed community service hours!

If you need a verification letter for your community service volunteer hours please download the Community Service Verification Form.

Fill out the form before you volunteer and bring it with you to Earth Day. At the end of your shift(s), we will sign your verification form (as long as your information is filled out) when you check out with us at the Volunteer Booth.





Exhibitor Information

Charleston County’s 15th Annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 26 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Riverfront Park in North Charleston on the former Charleston Naval Base.


Exhibitor Map/Festival Layout (click image to zoom)

Exhibitors will be notified regarding placement of their booth once all applications have been received and approved.


Exhibitor Check-In Information

Check-in will occur at the exhibitor check-in tent, located by the horse shoe shaped parking lot by the entrance to the park. Exhibitors will receive a specific check-in time in their exhibitor packet, which will be distributed via email two weeks prior to the event. Upon checking-in, you will receive specific instructions and directions to your booth. Earth Day Volunteers will be on hand to assist you with moving your exhibit items from your vehicle to your booth. Since the pathway is restricted and one-way only, we ask that you move your vehicle after unloading to allow other exhibitors access to set up.  Set-up must be completed by 10:30 a.m. The event will kick off at 11:00 a.m.

Vehicle Parking

Please note vehicles are NOT permitted to park on the grassy areas at Riverfront Park. Please remain on the paved pathways at all times.


Break Down Information

Please do not begin to break down your booth before 4:00 p.m. Vehicles will not be allowed in the park before 4:15 p.m.; however, you may begin to break down your booth at 4:00 p.m. All materials must be removed from Riverfront Park by 7:00 p.m. Exhibitors are responsible for leaving their booth area clean and free of trash and other materials. Please dispose of your waste accordingly using our Resource Recycling Stations.


Waste Free Event Information

Charleston County's Earth Day Festival is a waste-free event.  All participants are asked to commit to reducing waste at the event. Resource Recycling Stations will be strategically located throughout the park to collect recyclable materials, organic waste and garbage generated by attendees and exhibitors. Please note the festival’s Green Policy.

Food vendors are required to provide compostable serveware, including but not limited to: plates, napkins, forks, knives, spoons, straws, and coffee stirrers.  No Styrofoam products.

Check out these resources for compostable serveware:

Plastics #1-7                        Glass                      Aluminum Cans                Steel Cans
Newspapers                         Magazines             Cardboard                         Mixed Paper

Plastic Bags                         Styrofoam                           Plastic Wrap                       Diapers
Liquids                                 Animal Waste



First Aid/Security Information

A first aid/security tent will be on site. If you notice a festival attendee who needs to receive first aid, please direct them to the first aid tent and/or notify an Earth Day Volunteer immediately. In the event of a lost child, please notify event staff, security, or an Earth Day Volunteer.


Insurance Requirements

All food wendors MUST provide a certificate of liability insurance that includes Charleston County under your comprehensive general liability insurance. Your certificate of liability may be:

FAXED: (843) 720-7115
MAILED: 13 Romney Street, Charleston, SC 29403

**If you need special consideration or have any questions, please contact us at (843) 720-7113.

Thank you for your participation! We are looking forward to an exciting and successful event!


Where will the festival take place?

Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival will be returning to Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

Date:          Saturday, April 26, 2014

Location:   Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC 29405
                   on former Charleston Naval Base

Time:         11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking Information

Drop off your e-waste or paper to be shredded and park nearby. Parking is free! On-site shuttles will be available to transport attendees from the parking lot to the festival or plan to wear comfortable shoes and walk to the park.

Parking Map


Quick Facts

  • Charleston County’s Earth Day Festival has been educating the public about environmental awareness in a fun, celebratory atmosphere since 1999 and is organized by the County’s Environmental Management Department.
  • Festival Date & Time: April 26th 2014, 11am-4pm
  • Location: Riverfront Park, North Charleston SC
  • Highlights: Visit our highlights page– there’s lots going on at Earth Day!
  • About / History: Learn more about the history on our about page.

Press Releases

Charleston County Earth Day 2014

Charleston County Hosts 2014 Earth Day Festival on April 26

Charleston County Needs Volunteers for 2014 Earth Day Festival

It’s Time to Get Creative! We need Students to submit Artwork for the Earth Day 2014 Contest


2014 Earth Day Festival Poster










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