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10 Years, 1 Million Attendees

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Green Festival celebrates our 10th Anniversary this year, and we invite you to be a part of our coast to coast celebration; 6 festivals, 5 cities, each an extraordinary event.

The first Green Festival took place in San Francisco on November 9-10, 2002, drawing 13,000 participants. The festival featured only 50 speakers, 125 exhibitors and a handful of special events. Now, 10 years, 32 festivals and 1 million attendees later, Green Festival is the largest sustainability event in the world and continues to grow year after year, including two new festivals in 2011: New York and Los Angeles.

Green Your Holidays

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We hope you are enjoying this wonderful season with family and friends. In the hustle and bustle of dinners, parties and events it is sometimes easy to forget the simple things you can do to reduce, reuse and conserve food and holiday materials as well as benefit communities locally and globally. Here are a few tips to help green your holidays!

The Thought That Counts

Fair-TradeThis holiday season, please think not only of the special people who will receive your gifts, but also think of the people who worked hard to make the gifts. Choosing green products and services support businesses that work to solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. Whether it's through Fair Trade practices that empower farmers and artisans in developing countries, or new healthy innovations to keep toxins out of the products we use everyday, green businesses provide us with ways to use our collective purchasing power to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.

The Season of Giving

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As we quickly approach the holiday season, it is natural to feel a rising sense of panic when it comes to gift shopping. It is often a challenge to find that perfect gift for someone, or even to get inspired at all! But, we are here to make giving fun with creative and unique environmentally-friendly and socially-rewarding gift ideas for your family and friends.

The Green Festival marketplace hosts hundreds of local, regional and national green sustainable businesses with an amazing variety of gift ideas for the holidays. You can browse all exhibitors from each Green Festival year-round in our Exhibitor Directory! The directories are categorized alphabetically, or you can browse by city. Visit exhibitor websites and online stores for tons of fun fair-trade and environmentally-friendly gifts, including eco-fashion clothing and accessories, organic body products, Fair Trade chocolate, stationary and so much more. You will be sure to find something for everyone!

A Green Thanksgiving

organic-fruits-and-veggiesAs we prepare to celebrate with our families this Thanksgiving, we wanted to reflect on the many things we are thankful for this season.

We are thankful for each of you who participate in Green Festival. You are our foundation, and we only improve with your continued involvement. That participation and our new GF Bucks led to a combined $44,000 that invigorated the local economies in Green Festival Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

San Francisco Photo Gallery

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San Francisco Photo Gallery

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Shop Rainbow Grocery For Free Admission

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We are proud and excited to partner with Rainbow Grocery to offer FREE admission to anyone with a purchase of $10 or more from November 1-7. Your receipt is your ticket!

Founded in San Francisco's Mission District in 1975 Rainbow Grocery Cooperative is the country's largest retail worker-owned cooperative and San Francisco's biggest independent natural foods store. 

Visit the Rainbow Grocery website or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Annie's Green Kid's Zone

Annies-Homegrown-Logo-RGBSpend the weekend at Green Festival in San Francisco November 6 - 7, and make everyone smile, as you shop for non-toxic child, teen and adult clothing; engage in fun and educational seminars and activities for all ages; and enjoy a healthy, local vegetarian lunch. Bring your family to Annie's Green Kid's Zone for butter-making, reptile encounters and more, as we learn about the importance of maintaining ecosystems, how easy and fun recycling can be and why we need to work to conserve animal species and habitats.