Earth Day events and rallies will be held in several cities around the country this year. Here’s a quick look at some of the big ones:

San Francisco – The Earth Day San Francisco event will take place on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza in Downtown San Francisco. There will be several stages set up with well-known musicians, speakers and dancers in the event lineup. There also will be a wellness zone with movement classes, yoga lessons and organic and raw food offerings.

New York – There will be several events in New York to celebrate Earth Day. On April 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be Earth Day in Times Square featuring a green car show, speakers and an interactive exhibit area. The Earth Day Indoors celebration will be at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. This indoors celebration will feature a photography exhibit illustrating the effects of hydraulic fracturing as well as previews of environmental films. Meanwhile, at the Earth Day Outdoors celebration, also at Grand Central Terminal on Vanderbilt Avenue between 42nd and  45th streets, there will be a large exhibit area featuring kids activities, green businesses and environmental groups. Find more information on these events at the Earth Day New York website.

Washington D.C. – The National Zoo will host a cleanup party at the zoo on April 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Staff and visitors will spend the morning picking up litter, aluminum cans, candy wrappers and other trash. The materials will be sorted for recycling before being disposed of. Afterward, the zoo staff will talk about their efforts to add sustainable practices to the zoo’s operations.

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Los Angeles – The Topanga Earth Day celebration will take place on April 23 from 10 a.m. until sunset at the Topanga Community House Fair Grounds in Topanga. The musical lineup includes 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzman, the original drummer for the Grateful Dead) and String Theory.

Chicago – The Earth Day 5K Chicago will take place in Humboldt Park on April 23 beginning at 8 a.m. Afterward, runners can check out the Green Living Expo and farmer’s market at the finish line. Of course, non-runners are welcome to check it out as well. But, runners and walkers who take part in the 5K receive a t-shirt and an recyclable tote bag for their efforts. It might come in handy if you buy some produce at the farmer’s market.

Know of other great Earth Day events in your town? Let us know about them in the comments below.

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Earth Day deals 2011

Earth Day 2011 events
Earth Day events and rallies will be held in several cities around the country. Here’s a quick look at some of the big ones.