What to know about attending the Piedmont Earth Day Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

What to anticipate at the largest Earth Day event in North Carolina.

Child sitting on bicycle outside in grass looking at man standing at board pointing to lightbulbs. A child in a blue shirt looks on.

Get ready to get your hands dirty.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Environmental Alliance

April is Earth Month — an observance of sustainable practices, environmental education, and conservation efforts. (Earth Day is Monday, April 22 this year.) The Twin City knows a thing or two about environmentalism — it’s home to the largest Earth Day celebration in NC.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance will host the annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 20 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds (569 Fairgrounds Blvd.). Here’s what to know if you’re planning to join the 8,000+ people expected to attend the springtime tradition.

It’s happening rain or shine

April showers can’t stop this event. Exhibitors, vendors, and live performances will happen outside between the North and Northwest gates near the gazebo at the fairgrounds. If it rains, everything will move inside the Fairgrounds Event Center (formerly known as the Education Building). The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. and will go until 4 p.m.

It’s free

Getting into the fair is free and so is parking. Use Gate 7 off Shorefair Drive and park in the Midway lot.

Consider riding your bike for an environmentally conscious travel alternative. You’ll get free valet parking and a token for a free pint of beer to enjoy at the fair.

Items like sunflowers, honey, and cucumbers are in wicker baskets on top of tables. People are browsing the tables under a tent.

Bring cash or a card to buy goods from food trucks and vendors.

Photo courtesy of Piedmont Environmental Alliance

It’s family-friendly

Two Kid Zones will be set up to keep young children entertained with interactive activities like yoga.

Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade can submit artwork for a chance to win prizes. Local artists will judge creations and announce the winners during the fair at 12 p.m. Families should register by Friday, April 12 to participate.

It’s educational

Herpetology, beekeeping, native plants, electric vehicle ownership, and growing your own mushrooms are just a few topics you can learn about during the fair. More than 100 exhibitors will lead demonstrations and answer questions. You can also hear local high school and college students debate both sides of environmental issues throughout the day.