Out and About in May and June 2023 – Special Eco Edition

A baby green sea turtle
National Geographic photo by David Doubilet

California Honey Festival

May 6 What’s the buzz? Named a “Bee City USA” in 2019, bucolic Woodland fêtes its hard-working native pollinator population at this sweet annual shindig. Sip mead, learn to make a honey custard flan, or study the apian art of honey-making at the UC Davis Honey Lab. californiahoneyfestival.com

National Geographic Live

May 11 Much of life’s drama on Earth unfolds below the surface of the ocean, where National Geographic underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes roam. Join them at the Harris Center for a glimpse of worlds beneath the waves, including that of Papua New Guinea’s Kimbe Bay in the Coral Triangle, the planet’s most complex marine ecosystem. harriscenter.net

Whole Earth Festival

May 12–14 Get ready to party like it’s 1969—this annual UC Davis gathering started as an eco-centered “art happening” the same year as the Summer of Love. Expect three days of all-ages fun and plant-based grub at the zero-waste, planet-positive groovathon. wef.ucdavis.edu


June 10 Taking over Placerville’s picturesque Wakamatsu Farm, this event produced by area collective Myrtle Tree Arts will begin with an afternoon “community resilience forum” about fire protection and ecology. When the lights go down, a floaty Pink Floyd tribute performance will cleanse the palate for an outdoor extravaganza melding drama, projection and live music to poetically explore the region’s evolving relationship with wildfire. myrtletreearts.com


Discover More from Our Special Earth Issue: 

Can Electric Bikes Help Save The Planet? – The rise and future of e-bikes

Where It’s Easy Being Green – The plastic-free, Earth-friendly Nudge Eco Store