SolarFest 2019   Sunday, July 21st

Join us at Earth Sky Time, family owned organic community farm centrally located ( in Manchester Vermont for a day-long gathering of workshops and music, along with great food and conversations. The doors open at 10:00 am, with activities for the whole family until 10:00 PM. This SolarFest Celebration is another opportunity to gather, share ideas, and learn how to best confront the challenges of our time.

Only $15 in advance ($20 at the door), and kids under 12 are FREE!

Featuring over 25 workshops,  keynote speaker Dr. Edward Cameron, and musical performances by The Gaslight Tinkers, Chicago Afro Beat Project, Rio Mira, Freddi Shehadi & friends, Mowgli’s Bluegrass Trio.

The Gaslight Tinkers
1:20 – 2:20 pm (kids)
& 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Mowgli Bluegrass
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Rio Mira
3:40 – 5:00 pm
Keynote Dr. Edward Cameron
“The Just & Sustainable World”
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Freddi Shehadi & Friends
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Chicago Afro Beat Project
8:00 – 10:00 pm


    • Solaris; the first-ever U.S. Coast Guard certified solar-powered commercial passenger boat in the country, sails the Hudson River.
      Innovator, designer and builder David Borton spoke at SolarFest’18 about the latest breakthroughs in solar transportation.


    • 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.



    • 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