Celebrate all things green with the Fourth Annual Sustainable Living Fest on Saturday, March 16 down at Market Square Park.
Scheduled from 12-6 p.m., the historic downtown neighborhood park will host this free city-wide festival featuring more than 60 exhibitors and stocked full of live music, local eats, artists, and living green demonstrations. It will filed with a full-day of eco-education and solution-based interactive events where kids of all ages can play and learn.
Angie Bertinot, Downtown District’s director of marketing and communications, said The Sustainable Living Fest is the chance to celebrate the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and communities. “We encourage residents to continue looking for ways where they can produce less waste and implement energy efficiency in both their homes and workplaces,” she said.
As part of the festivities, Market Square Park will be transformed into Houtopia, an impressive display of towns and cities that represent sustainable living in Houston. Be sure to make your way into various towns such as “Trend Town” where one can experience beauty, fashion and looks from local up-cycle designers. Those with a green thumb will find “Earth Town” and “Casa Town” the place to be as experts share their tips on sustainable home and gardening practices. Plus, there will be plenty of fun for the kiddos and furry members of your family.
At Kidtopia, children of all ages can get their hands on eco-games, play with soil and participate in a variety of interactive, educational and kid-friendly activities. Over on the park’s west side, all dogs are welcome in “Paw Town,” located next to the park’s crescent-shaped dog run where any canine will be happy to run and let loose.
Teresa O’Connor is the owner of the Heights-area clothing store, Hello Lucky, which has one of a kind garments fashioned from reclaimed materials such as vintage fabrics. Her wares will be on display for the fashion show at The Sustainable Living Fest. O’Connor is excited to be part of the event for the second year in a row. “At Hello Lucy, we’re all about creating fun, ethical, sustainable, local hand-made fashion. We’re thrilled to show off some of our latest designs,” she said.
To add to the merriment, Niko Niko’s, Saint Arnold, the Tastington Farmers Market and many more will be providing refreshing drinks and delicious bites throughout the day. Festival-goers are also encouraged to discover the local fare available at area downtown restaurants.
The Sustainable Living Fest 2013 is a collaborative effort by KWIRX Creative, the Houston Green Scene, Downtown District and the City of Houston- Green Houston. This is a near-zero waste event (NZW).
Sustainable Living Fest 2013 Schedule
Stageville is the main stage at the Market Square Park, and will feature events throughout the day.
1 p.m. - The Journey Agents
2 p.m. - Fest Awards
3 p.m. - The Wheel Workers
4 p.m. - Walk of the Town: Up-Cycled Fashion Show
5 p.m. - The Craig Kinsey Band
Be sure to check the Web site and Facebook page often for updates - www.sustainablelivingfest.com and facebook.com/sustainablelivingfest.