Day of Peace Festival
September 20 in Santa Monica



The Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots youth program of California will host its seventh annual “Day of Peace” festival on Sunday, September 20 at the Santa Monica Pier from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The eco-friendly family festival will be open to the general public at no cost.

Event-goers will enjoy music and entertainment performances, arts and crafts, pet adoptions, special activities for children of all ages, educational and environmentally-conscious exhibits.

Roots & Shoots youth groups from throughout the state of California will display a wide variety of environmentally-themed projects completed throughout the year; inspiring event-goers to do their own part to make the world a better place.
Symbolizing international peace and solidarity, the festival will culminate with a Giant Peace Dove Parade at 2:00pm
. Celebrities, Roots & Shoots members, and event-goers will join in to fly a collection of hand-made giant doves along the Santa Monica Pier parade route.
Event-goers are encouraged to help fight hunger by contributing to the Day of Peace Food Drive for People and Pets. Those who donate non-perishable food items for people or pets, or both, will receive a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win a great prize. Food drive collection bins will be located at the Pier’s festival entrance.

The Westside Food Bank will partner with Day of Peace to collect and distribute the food donations to local social services agencies that assist families and individuals of all ages in need. The Food Bank is graciously extending its services for the Day of Peace by also distributing all pet food donations to local animal shelters and organizations that serve pets and pet parents in need.

The festival marks Southern California’s celebration of United Nation’s International Day of Peace. The United Nations appointed Dr. Jane Goodall a Messenger of Peace in 2002. Through her Roots & Shoots program, Dr. Goodall encourages the efforts of young people and adults to identify concerns in their communities and to take action to create a better world.  

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