Saturday, August 18th & Sunday August 19th @ Stratton Mountain, VT  BUY TICKETS NOW

Josh Fox Live

Legendary filmmaker and activist Josh Fox, will perform “The Truth Has Changed” a new solo monologue that traces the arc of American propaganda and misinformation from 9/11 to Trump from the perspective of the front lines.
“This is a remarkable document bringing together his many lives: artist, truth-teller, campaigner. – Bill McKibben

Join this two-day celebration of the power and the possibilities of a clean energy future.

Packed with fun for the whole family; highlighting the latest in renewable energy & conservation, green buildings, sustainable living & food, music & arts, public policy & activism, and innovation, technology & transportation.

New England’s most entertaining source of energy education.

Full-festival weekend tickets are only $40 each   BUY TICKETS NOW

Kids under 10 are FREE —  Sunday-only ticket is $20 

Some of the workshops…

  • Designing an Off-grid Solar System
  • Solar Powered Transportation
  • My NetZero Energy Home 10 years Later
  • Planting for Pollinators in Solar Fields and Beyond 
  • Electric Vehicle Policy in the Northeast
  • Carbon Farming
  • The Benefits of Socially Responsible Investing
  • EV Owners Roundtable Tell-All
  • What is your plan when the power goes out?
  • Biophilic Design Theory, Practice & Process
  • Should I do it now or should I wait?
  • Reaching Sustainable 3 tons CO2 Per Person/Year
  • Fossil Free New England

…a few of the speakers…

Pete O’Connor of Plug In America promotes policies to transform transportation, and was formerly a post-doctoral fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Chris Martenson, an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion, is co-founder of and author of The Crash Course.

Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Rainbow Squier, and Megan Bouchard work as partners creating Theater in the Woods camps to kindle creativity in the magic of the woods.

Connor Stedman consults on regenerative agriculture and land use, speaking regularly on carbon farming and land-based climate mitigation strategies around North America.

…and even more

  • Theater as the Vehicle for Social Change
  • A Crash Course in Building Resilience
  • Waterless Composting Toilets
  • Community Solar: How does it work?
  • Energy Storage 101: Backup Power + Energy Management
  • The Path to Zero Energy Homes
  • Solar Investments for Income
  • An Earth-connecting Masterclass in Standing in Balance
  • Creating Homegrown Intentional Communities
  • Circus Arts
  • 350 VT Presents: Climate Solutions for People of the Future and 
    What Kind of Changemaker are You?

The doors open at 8:00 am on Saturday to diverse exhibits in the Vendor Village, with inspiring speakers and workshops kicking off at 9:00. After a full day of workshops and family activities on Saturday August 18th, the main stage music will be kicked off by The Balkun Brothers, named the ‘Best Rock Band in New England’ at the 2017 New England Music Awards. Headlining the event is Burlington’s own high-energy Gang of Thieves, following their “Work Together Tour” where they volunteered in numerous communities around the country hoping to make a positive impact. Weekend presentations, panels and activities run through 3:00 pm on Sunday August 19th, including family activities, dancing, movie screenings, great food and beverages, and the beautiful mountain vistas including gondola rides to the summit.


There are a wide variety of lodging options, with rooms available at the Black Bear Lodge, Vantage Point, Obertal, Long Trail House, Village/Mountain Watch, Founders Lodge, Rising Bear Lodge, and Hearthstone Lodge, and camping at the beautiful Sun Bowl (with indoor rest rooms at the Sun Bowl base lodge) for $20 per night. Space is limited, so reserve early!


  • Sustainably sourced food, made with sustainably produced power
    Vizavi, the solar-powered food cart operated by Julia Rhode, made its debut serving crepes, Popsicles, veggie burgers, and salads at the Bennington Farmer’s Market in Bennington. Rhode said she was inspired by a display at SolarFest in Manchester in 2016.
  • NOFA Summer Conference August 10-12, 2018 at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. This 3-day immersive annual gathering is packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our 7 NOFA chapters.
    Keynoters this year are two visionaries working to create a more sustainable and just food system locally and globally – Rowen White of Sierra Seed Cooperative and Eric Holt Giménez of Food First. Rowen White is an Indigenous seed steward from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. She weaves stories of ancestral foods and culture. Eric Holt-Giménez has studied and worked with Latin American farmers that have protected their farms from natural disasters by implementing agroecological methods on their land.For more information and to register, please visit
  • Hope Solar Farm – Brunswick, NY
    Boardmember Kevin Bailey is launching a Community Solar Farm open to residents of 13 counties in eastern New York State. Complete information at:
  • Delivering Energy Kits to Puerto Rico and Beyond
    When residents of Caguas, Puerto Rico found that power wouldn’t be restored to their city for nine months, SolarFest Boardmember Bill Laberge took action. Starting with a prototype kit in carry-on luggage, and training local cooperativas to install systems, Interviewed in the Manchester Journal, Laberge said, “This is being done on the grassroots level. We want to train people in Puerto Rico, or Danby, or wherever they are that they can actually do this. What we want to do is help them help themselves.

Since 1995, SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships and activism to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.
“If there is any place that can lay claim to having started this revolution 20 years ago, it was Vermont and SolarFest.”
— Bill McKibben, co-founder of