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. Come, learn, experience and have fun this summer at New England’s most entertaining source of energy education.


Some of the workshops,

  • Designing an Off-grid Solar System
  • Solar Powered Transportation
  • Carbon Farming
  • Electric Vehicle Policy in the Northeast
  • What Kind of Changemaker are You?
  • The Benefits of Socially Responsible Investing
  • The Latest in Microgrids
  • What is your plan when the power goes out?
  • Circus Arts
  • My NetZero Energy Home 10 years Later
  • Planting for Pollinators in Solar Fields and Beyond
  • A Crash Course in Building Resilience
  • Community Solar: How does it work?
  • Energy Storage 101: Backup Power + Energy Management
  • The Path to Zero Energy Homes
  • Solar Investments for Income
  • Fossil Free New England
  • Creating Homegrown Intentional Communities
  • Should I do it now or should I wait?
  • Climate Solutions for People of the Future

…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 researching how EVs and renewable energy work together on the grid.

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 through the  power of theater 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 rocking live music!

Gang of Thieves

The Balkun Brothers

Full-festival weekend tickets are only $40 each, and kids under 10 are FREE. A Sunday-only ticket is $20.


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!


  • 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.
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