Wednesday, April 26, 2017

13th Annual Green Festival Returns to DC, May 13-14

Mom's Organic Market at last year's Green Festival

From our friends at the Green Festival Expo...

Washington, DC to Host Green Festival Expo with New Pavilion for Environmental Activism and Advocacy

America’s largest and longest-running sustainability show set for DC Convention Center, May 13-14

On the eve of Earth Day, Green Festival's Expo, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, announced that it will launch the first-ever Activism and Advocacy Pavilion at the first show of 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, May 13-14. Marking its thirteenth year in Washington DC, the Green Festival Expo has become an annual celebration of green business, sustainable living and activism in the local, sustainable community, serving as the city’s most prominent event for green brands and environmentally-friendly lifestyles.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off 2017 in the nation’s capital with a pavilion specifically geared toward rallying local activists and supporters around pressing issues from water safety and air pollution, to food resources, animal rights and climate change,” said Dr. Corinna Basler, president of Green Festivals, Inc. “Green Festival will have an activism and advocacy pavilion at every show as a way to empower passionate individuals and to support the momentum and demand for grassroots activism around environmental issues,” she added.

The DC Green Festival Expo will take place during Mother’s Day weekend and there will be half off tickets for mothers and special programming as well as products and activities recognizing Mother Earth. Attendees at the DC Green Festival Expo can discover and buy everything they need to live a healthier, more sustainable life, from the latest technology and all-natural products to chemical-free household supplies and a wide selection of non-GMO, organic and artisanal food and beverages. In addition to the Vegan/Vegetarian Food Court, attendees can enjoy hands-on demos, educational activities, and learn from inspirational speakers. The expo features pavilions and green-theme stages, such as the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Family Fun Pavilion, with interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids; the Activism & Advocacy Pavilion, featuring exhibitors from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Black Millennials 4 Flint, OxFam and Empower DC, among others; the Embrace Yoga Pavilion, featuring dedicated free yoga sessions all weekend long; and the two main stages, the Green Festival Stage, sponsored by Go Macro, and the Sustainable Innovations Pavilion, both highlighting green business entrepreneurs, community leaders and environmental experts.

Kitchen Craft Cooking Show

Some of the pioneering, expert presenters speaking at the Washington, DC Green Festival Expo include:
• Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder - Farm Sanctuary
• Alanna Hartzok, Co-Director - Earth Rights Institute
• Bhushan Deodhar, Director - Art of Living Foundation
• Nancy Lawson, Founder - Humane Gardener
• Jeffrey Richardson, President and CEO - Imani Energy, Inc.
• Pamela Hess, Executive Director - Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
• Dayna Reggaro, Director, Climate Listening Project
• George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager, DC Water
• David Feldman, Director, Center for Sustainability Solutions, Green America
• Wendy Howard, Executive Director, One Montgomery Green
• Janine Finnell, Executive Director and Clean Energy Ambassador, Leaders in Energy

Green Festivals, Inc. will once again host the Green Festival Brand and Community Awards in Washington, DC, recognizing the most innovative green exhibitor and three local nonprofits working to create sustainable solutions. The public will be able to vote online at for their favorite Green Festival brand. Green Festival will also team up with King Street Cats Rescue & Adoption for the Green Festival-Expo-Saves-Lives Campaign. Attendees will have the opportunity to save lives by adopting homeless cats onsite throughout the weekend.

The 2017 Green Festival Expo will be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, in Mt. Vernon Square. Doors open on Saturday, May 13, and the show will run through Sunday at 5 PM. The best subway stop is Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station on the green and yellow line. Tickets can be purchased online at and are available for purchase at the show. Youth aged 16 and under are granted free admission. Cyclists who ride their bike to the expo will also have free admission to the show. Discounts are offered for students, seniors and veterans. All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, workshops, yoga sessions, speakers and films.

Green Festival DC sponsors include Go Macro, SavvyRest, VegFund, MOM’s Organic Market, Gold Star Honeybees, WOWBUTTER Foods and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company. Additionally, Green Festival’s national and local partners are, Earth Rights Institute, Rodale's Organic Life Magazine, Conscious Company Media, Innovation & Tech Today, HappyCow, Organic Spa Magazine, Experience Life Magazine, The Humane Party, Women’s Radio, TerraCycle, King Street Cats, Food Ingredient Health Research Institute, The Epoch Times, Expert DOJO, The Organic & Non-GMO Report, The documentary film, SEED: The Untold Story, The Vegetarian Resource Group, Vegetarian Society of DC, Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, Eluxe Magazine, World Food Travel Association, San Francisco Green Film Festival, Plant Powered Run, Farm Sanctuary, Carbon Credit Capital, OxFam, World Progress Now, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation, WPFW 89.3 FM Radio, WERA 96.7: “The Green & Sexy Radio Show” and “The Sustainable Scoop,” Pathways Magazine, Green America, Global Exchange, We Act Radio, Embrace Yoga Studio, Impact Hub DC, Stella Artois, Energy Justice Network, Green Wheaton, Inc., Habitat for Humanity - ReStore MD, Washington Gardener Magazine, and UpOut DC.

In addition to the Washington DC Expo, Green Festivals will take place in New York City (June 10-11), Los Angeles (September 23-24), San Francisco (November 11-12) and Ft. Lauderdale (December 2-3.)

About Green Festivals:
Green Festivals, Inc. organizes Green Festival Expo, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. Green Festival Expos are a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products, services and programs, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives. Green Festivals, Inc. strives to inspire and empower consumers, communities and businesses to work green, play green and live green. Based in Asheville, NC, the organization produces Green Festival events in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. Learn more at, and follow Green Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @GreenFestival.