Saturday, August 18th & Sunday August 19th
Stratton Mountain, VT

Join us at this two-day celebration of the power and the possibilities of renewable energy and sustainable living, packed with fun and friendly programs for the whole family. This year we host nationally recognized speakers and over 60 workshops, indoor and out — rain or shine, highlighting the latest in clean energy, green buildings, zero-emission transportation, public policy, sustainable living & food, music and arts.

If you want to learn how to cut your electrical, heating & cooling, and transportation costs at home and work — and how to help mitigate the effects of climate change — then come, learn, experience and have fun this summer at New England’s most entertaining source of energy education.


The doors open at 8:00 am on Saturday to diverse exhibits in the Vendor Village, inspiring speakers at over 60 workshops. Ticket options include full-festival weekend tickets are $40 each, and kids under 10 are FREE. A Sunday-only ticket is $20.

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. Additionally, camp sites at the beautiful Sun Bowl (with indoor rest rooms at the Sun Bowl base lodge) can be reserved for $20 per night. Space is limited, so reserve early!

Join in as a Presenter, Exhibitor, Sponsor or Volunteer

THANK YOUWe did it!

In 2017 we reached the goal of our first Matching Grant Challenge where a generous long-time supporter provided a $6,000 match to the funds raised from individual donations and our Climate Ride team. Combined with a mission-related grant from EFI, SolarFest is now stronger and better equipped to deliver renewable energy education in 2018.

We would like to recognize the generosity of our friends and benefactors for their commitment to our mission of energy education through the arts.

2017 Contributors

  • Rob Anderegg
  • Mike Bailey
  • Steven Berry
  • Barry Biederman
  • Catherine Bock
  • David Bolevice
  • Clay Burnbull
  • Climate Ride
  • Dave Conna
  • James Corven
  • Jeffrey Dexter
  • Energy Federation, Inc (EFI)
  • Greg Hancock
  • Lola & Raymond Johnson
  • Karen Lee
  • Cynthia Legg
  • The Maple Ridge Charitable Fund
  • Charlene P. Miles
  • Vanguard Charitable
  • Dan Tappan
  • Melvin T. Tyree
  • Todd Walker
  • Gail West


  • 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 all 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