If you liked the Eco Experience at the State Fair, chances are you’ll also enjoy a new event in St. Paul the weekend after the fair ends. After a successful 28-year run in Wisconsin drawing an average of 13,000 visitors annually, the Energy Fair now comes to the Twin Cities with an appearance on Harriet Island over the second weekend in September.
The Energy Fair provides workshops and displays on sustainable living, renewable energy, and energy efficiency in a festival setting. Workshops and exhibits, along with local food and family-friendly activities, will be available to the public free of charge. A bonus All Access Pass gets you into live music, keynote speakers, and 20 hours of professional solar programming. Find a schedule of workshops.
Explore the connection between air quality and health at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s booth. While there, be sure to sign up for Minnesota air quality forecasts and alerts, or download the mobile app.
Where: Harriet Island Park in St. Paul
- Solar professional day: Friday, September 8, 8 am to 8 pm
- Saturday, September 9, 9 am to 11 pm
- Sunday, September 10, 9 am to 5 pm
60+ exhibitors related to renewable energy and sustainability, all free and open to the public! Booths include artisans, solar installers, sustainable product vendors & nonprofits.
100+ workshops. 80 free workshops on topics related to clean energy basics, community solar, gardening, clean transportation, environmental justice, “energy democracy,” community resilience, and others, presented by topic experts from the Twin Cities and around the Midwest. Some examples of workshops include Backyard Composting Basics, Intro to Solar for Your Home or Business, How to Save Money with Energy Efficiency, and Youth Organizing in the Climate Movement. Also featuring 20 solar professional and extended workshops (All Access Pass required).
Electric vehicle show & ride-n-drive: The show features all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Talk with vehicle owners and test drive an electric vehicle.
Find out more: Energy Fair website.
The Energy Fair is organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, in partnership with an advisory committee that includes the MPCA and a variety of energy- and sustainability-minded nonprofits.