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I had an idea for a spin off from the other thread. I thought why not make a list of festivals/events that we know and like that have a green living bent to them. With summer coming up, we all may be taking vacations, so it might be nice to know what cool things are going on around the country. Even if its a small event, post it here, preferably with a website, so we can see what fabulous events are going on out there that are green living friendly!

In my area I can think of The True Nature Country Fair

Their myspace; http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=232284502

Second Annual True Nature Country Fair - September 26-28, 2008
Deerfields, Mills River, NC

The Organic Growers School announces the Second Annual True Nature Country Fair, a celebration of sustainable living in the southern Appalachians, to be held September 26-28, 2008 at Deerfields in Mills River, North Carolina. The farmers, homebuilders, craftspeople, restaurateurs, social and political activists and alternative health care practitioners of the southern Appalachians are invited to join their neighbors for a celebration of life lived in connection and harmony with the Earth. The True Nature Country Fair will feature vendors of local, organic, and sustainable products and resources from throughout the Southeast, workshops on all facets of sustainable living, a children’s program and live music, all in a pristine mountain setting.

Businesses and organizations interested in participating in the 2008 fair should contact Program Manager Karen Vizzina at karen@organicgrowersschool.org or call (828) 342-1849.

Deerfields, located 20 minutes south of Asheville in the Mills River Community, is a 940 acre family-owned tract of unspoiled wilderness in the Queens Creek Mountains. The fairgrounds feature an old homestead with two cabins, apple orchards, and ponds. All areas of the grounds are handicapped accessible.

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The Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair --- Ft. Collins, CO
http://www.sustainablelivingassociation.org/thefair/

The Sustainable Living Fair is a solution based, hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Sustainable Living Practices, Renewable Energy, Environmental & Social Responsibility, Natural Health, Green Building, Alternative Vehicles, Organic Agriculture, Local Economies and more.
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5th Annual Kickapoo Country Fair
Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, 2008
Live Music, Sustainability Workshops, Rural Heritage Exhibits, Beer and Dancing!

The 5th annual Kickapoo Country Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27 on the grounds of Organic Valley's headquarters in La Farge, Wisconsin, set in the ancient and beautiful hills of the Kickapoo River Valley.

This rural heritage and farming festival will be a showcase of rural cultural traditions, farm and garden exhibits, music, dance, arts, natural and organic foods and cooking, green housing and renewable energy, community health and education, environmental responsibility, and eco-development.

The all-weekend event will feature organic farm tours, farmers and farm animals, sustainability workshops, hiking, Butter Churn Bike Tour, food and artisan vendors, not-for-profit exhibitors, family "farm-friendly" activities, all-day music and entertainment, and dancing!
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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Common Ground Fair.

September 19th, 20th, and 21st 2008 in Unity, Maine.

Check out this website for information about the fair and MOFGA - http://www.mofga.org/

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http://www.greenfestivals.org/index.php

Seattle, WA - April 12-13

Chicago, IL - May 17-18

Washington, DC - November 8-9

San Francisco, CA - November 14-15
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What a great thread!

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Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

It's held in Custer, WI (close to Stevens Point) every summer. It's pretty darn cool.

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this is awesome...i will be lurking...
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Four Corners Folk Festival is a music festival that is pretty green. My friends and I are the recycling crew. It has a way to go before it gets labeled as a "green festival" though. I say this because I've been to greener music fests like the one in Taos NM which uses solar to run the whole stage!
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5th Annual Kickapoo Country Fair
Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, 2008
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Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

It's held in Custer, WI (close to Stevens Point) every summer. It's pretty darn cool.
We're going to both of these. Perhaps we should do a 'meet up' thread as it gets closer to the events?

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We're going to both of these. Perhaps we should do a 'meet up' thread as it gets closer to the events?
We're planning to go to both of them, too! Let's definitely start a meetup thread later. I keep checking the MREA site for the workshop schedule. We wanted to go last year but ended up having a conflict and missing it.
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We're going to both of these. Perhaps we should do a 'meet up' thread as it gets closer to the events?
We'll be going to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair! I'm in for a meet-up.

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Ok, this is not really a green-focused event, but I thought I'd list it since its in the vein of compacting; in buying used instead of new.

The Worlds biggest yard sale!

http://www.127sale.com/

Lets keep em' coming ladies!


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And here is a report card on how green some favorite music festivals are;

http://www.grist.org/advice/books/2007/07/03/festivals/

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Solarfest!!!!

http://solarfest.org/

It's in Vermont. I've heard it's kid-friendly- maybe we'll make it this year!
July 11-13th.

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Did you go to the Green Street Fair? We went. There was some interesting stuff, music was better than expected, and the kids really enjoyed themselves. However, I was really disappointed to see the amount of waste generated by the copious amount of free samples.
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Pennsylvania Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival

A three-day festival about renewable energy, natural building construction, sustainable agriculture, land-use planning, forestry and healthy living practices in general. Featuring dynamic speakers, national exhibitors, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, vendors, live music and entertainment, children's activities, food and more.
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Thanks sunny PA, I might have to go to that. Thats near my family and where I grew up.

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The Davis Whole Earth Festival May 9, 10, & 11. It's my mothers day gift. My dh has to go and not say a single bad thing all day.

http://wef.ucdavis.edu/
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Great thread! I'm subbing in hopes of info about something in the central KY area. (Besides the world's biggest yard sale!)
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It's a Minnesota Bluegrass Festival at a campground
Not a "green" festival per se, but lots of greenies there.
http://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/ca...own/index.html

Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff
May 30-June 1, 2008
El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN

Jamming in the campgroundThe Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff is a three-day outdoor music and camping festival featuring regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time stringband, and related forms of acoustic music. A variety of regional bands will be selected to perform May 30-June 1, 2008 at El Rancho Mañana Campground & Riding Stables near Richmond, Minnesota. Meanwhile, bluegrass and old-time musicians from across the Midwest will keep the campfires ringing with jam sessions around the clock.
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Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

It's held in Custer, WI (close to Stevens Point) every summer. It's pretty darn cool.
I was going to post the same thing. This is a good one! When dh wanted to go I was like, "behhh . . . I don't want to listen to lectures about windmills for two straight days . . ." but it's really fun.

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I just got home from LEAF; http://www.theleaf.com/ In Black Mountain, NC.
It is primarily a music/art festival, but it did have some green building, solar power, bee keeping, wildwoods walks, etc. workshops there. They also had recycling and composting next to the trash. They have crafts and holistic healing tents and demos too. It is very family friendly and alot of fun. They have it every May and October. I recommend it! (And if you volunteer, you can get a free ticket!)

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The Firefly Gathering: http://www.fireflygathering.org/
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SolFest
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www.solarliving.org

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http://www.the-mrea.org/energy_fair.php


Midwest Energy Fair

People come from around the world to learn more about the most up-to-date technological energy savers/producers and environmental stuff.:
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Just in case anyone else has been madly waiting or refreshing the page, the MREF List of Workshops is FINALLY up!

Now, we can plan what we're doing and start planning an MDC mama meet-up, right?

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