Green Lion Festival

October 17, 2015 11:00am - 4:00pm

Aardwolf Brewing Company
1461 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207


In 2013, three US Green Building Council North Florida members, Glen Wieger, Carrie-Lynn Black, and Hava Villavarde met in San Marco talking about ways to help "move the green needle" in Jacksonville.  They developed an idea for a festival that brings local "green" organizations and businesses together in one place and you can't have a great festival without some great local beer! 

In order to emphasize the local focus of the festival which would occur at Aardwolf Brewing Company, they thought of the prominent lions in the San Marco Square which represent the area.  The name of the festival was born- The Green Lion Festival.

Green Lion Festival is a festival that seeks to promote and elevate the awareness of green-focused businesses and organizations in Jacksonville, Florida. We aspire to be a green and eco-friendly festival while reaching out to the community.

This year we are shutting down Hendricks Boulevard to provide MORE space for the festival attendees to enjoy themselves AND to allow even More local green-focused businesses and organizations to participate. 

Exhibitors And Vendors...
  • Eco Relics
  • Bluebird Growers
  • Beer:30
  • Groundworks Jacksonville
  • SMPS
  • The Girls Gone Green
  • GreenScape of Jacksonville
  • UNF Environmental Center
  • GastroJax
  • Jacksonville Jaycees ~ Green Team
  • Fresh Jax
  • St. Johns Riverkeeper
  • Ozone Road Soap
  • My Grandmother's Pies
  • North Florida Land Trust, Inc.
  • St. Johns Water Management District
  • Kelly Kouture
  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas Esuarine
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc.
  • Brew Bus
  • First Coast Invasive Working Group
  • Brighthouse Luxury Green Cleaning 
  • Zany Du Designs
  • River City Running
  • Sustainable Springfield
  • Museum of Science and History
  • Remains of the Day
  • Cup of Time
  • Lemongrass Spa
  • Stanton Animal Rights Advocacy
  •  Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission
  • Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida
  • Jacksonville Voters Coalition
  • Building it Green
  • United States Green Building Council of North East Florida
  • Bold City Pops
  • Local Fare Jax
  • Section 904
  • Bioril
  • Jacksonville Armada
  • P&J Quilts
  • River City Chicks
  • Robbie Atkins
  • 4F
  • Open Road Cycles

Home Brew Contest...

Put your brewing skills to the test and enter the Green Lion Festival Home Brewing Competition! Free samples for Green Lion Festival attendees. (You must 21 years or older to participate in sampling.) 

  • One gallon minimum to enter.
  • Unique flavors!
  • Limitless brew options!
  • Winner chosen by popular vote!

Last year's competitors showed up with Key Lime Pie Mead a Peanut Butter and Jelly IPA. Yummmmm!

To enter the Home Brew Contest sign up with Marc Wisdom.


Green Lion Festival welcomes companies, businesses and organization of all sizes to share their best ideas in sustainability, social responsibility and the environment. Exhibitors with Green Lion Festival should:

  • Aspire to make a positive environmental and social impact through their sustainability efforts, green products and service.
  • Be aligned with Green Lion Festival’s mission and vision.

To register to be an Exhibitor click here!

Food Trucks...


Our Sponsors...

We would like to thank our Sponsors for helping to bring this green and swanky festival to Jacksonville!


If you are interested in being a sponsor for Green Lion Festival, please contact Alex Varkonda! 


Music Provided By...


♪♫ Spice and the Po Boys ♪♫


♪♫ Complicated Animals♪♫



This is an all ages and family friendly event, but we ask that all volunteers be 18 years old or older. (Or 15 years old and up with a guardian.)   

Volunteers will help with an array of tasks. From helping our festival attendees navigate through the event, assists vendors with setup/take down, aide home brewers and musicians to their site, and help keep the event running as smooth and swanky as possible.

Click here to Sign Up!


Final parking locations will be announced October 1st.


Green Lion Photo Gallery

Checkout this slideshow of the Green Lion Festival.


Is your organization interested in participating? Sign up!

Meet the Pride...

Glen Wieger

Co-Founder, Leader of the Pride

Carrie-Lynn Black

Co-Founder, Savanna Community Connector 

Preben Olsen

Watering Hole Guard

Alex Varkonda

Scout of the Savanna

Liz Klein

Pride Laison

Alicia Smith

Pride Momma

Marc Wisdom

Hop Herder


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