The town’s first earth-friendly family festival is expected to draw up to 4,000 people to the Riverwalk Events Plaza Saturday.
EcoFest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a variety of eco-friendly activities, food and crafts vendors, live music and kayak and paddleboard demonstrations. Admission is free.
“It’s going to focus on earth-friendly food, crafts and activities,” Jupiter community relations manager Kate Moretto said of the event, which will celebrate Earth Week as well as the opening of the section of Riverwalk from the Events Plaza south to the beach at A1A and Ocean Way. “We have a bunch of earth-friendly vendors and activities.”
Live music will be provided by a steel drum band and Sarasota-based The Garbage Men, a band composed of five high school students who play music on instruments made from garbage and recycled materials.
Nonprofit organizations will distribute information on recycling, water, plants, animals and health, and vendors will sell food, crafts and homemade items including soaps, jewelry, organic skincare and sunscreen, grass-fed beef, organic fruits and vegetables and more.
The town is encouraging guests to ride their bikes to the event, though free parking for motorists will be available at the parking garage south of the plaza, at 25 S. Coastal Way.
EcoFest is a culmination of the town’s efforts to promote ecotourism and eco-friendly activities, Moretto said.
“We have a lot of ecotourism activities around Jupiter and a lot of eco-conscious residents,” Moretto said. “This was really to further promote that idea and those opportunities within our community. Jupiter has a lot of ecotourism.”
Jupiter Mayor Karen Golonka will unveil a new Riverwalk sign, at A1A and Ocean Way, at 10 a.m. Saturday. She then will take a ceremonial 2.25-mile stroll along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Riverwalk Events Plaza, where she will present a proclamation from the town recognizing the completion of Riverwalk.
The town is seeking sponsors. For information, call 561-741-2365 or visit www.jupiter.fl.us.