Smog season is about to set in like a daily, hazy reminder of Atlanta's air pollution. Celebrate a clean spring and the hope for clean air, water and an overall healthier Earth by setting aside some time this weekend to celebrate EARTH DAY.
The SWEETWATER 420 FEST kicks things off APRIL 20 at the Masquerade Music Park with live music from Dubconscious, Entropy and Deep Blue Sun, as well as arts, crafts and, oh, yeah, beer. Proceeds benefit the Sierra Club and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Free. 3-10 p.m. 695 North Ave. 404-691-2537. www.sweetwaterbrew.com.
APRIL 22 is the official holiday, and the Sierra Club celebrates with an EARTH DAY GARDEN TOUR AND PICNIC, taking participants through three backyard wildlife habitats in Chamblee. The city happens to be the only certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat City in Georgia. $15. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets required in advance, 404-607-1262, ext. 221, or www.georgia.sierraclub.org.
The Oakhurst neighborhood is celebrating APRIL 22 with an EARTH DAY FESTIVAL complete with live music, children's activities, arts and crafts, and Sweetwater beer. Also on tap are goat and snake demonstrations by Steve Scruggs, a Georgia naturalist, a dog show and a tree walk. $5. 2-10 p.m. Oakhurst Park, 307 Feld Ave. 404-378-6284. oakhurstga.org.
And don't forget to teach the kiddies about the importance and fragility of Earth's environment. On APRIL 22, Fernbank Museum hosts its annual EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, which includes live animal encounters, craft activities and a musical puppet show. Expect lots of rainforest education since the event is tied in with Fernbank's current IMAX film, Amazon. $10-$12. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu.