The second biennial Get Off the Grid Fest will be held over the weekend of Aug. 9-11 in Asheville

The event is a three-day, three-stage, music and sustainability festival, which will feature an alternative energy expo and will power the entire fest with solar power.

Come enjoy workshops and activities, presentations and panels from over 50 speakers in the field on energy and environment, food and agriculture, health and wellness, arts and community, as well as panel discussions on Renewable Energy Policy and Infrastructure, Climate Change and Justice in NC and Green Jobs.

The Get Off the Grid Fest features a strong music and dance component and will feature a cast of 38 stellar musicians, performers, presenters and speakers on three stages and in several tent venues.

The schedule of artists appearing include internationally acclaimed Rising Appalachia, Elise Witt and Donna Hopkins; nationally renowned Terry Garthwaite, Jeff Mosier and Strung Like a Horse; regionally popular Natti Lovejoys, Sol Driven Train and Jess Goggans as well as a host of popular Asheville-based groups and performers such as Jeff Sipe, Taylor Martin and Bayou Diesel.

The 16-acre Big Berea Pasture adjacent to Riceville Road near the campus of Warren Wilson College, just five miles east of Asheville’s city center is the site for this year’s event.

An ample staff has been gathered to assist the Get Off the Grid Fest sponsors, companies, volunteers, artists, educators and vendors whose work in renewable energy and sustainable living deserves such a platform and spotlight. Come join us and help plant not only a seed but an entire orchard where the future can grow out of the pasture.

The festival will be held from 4 p.m. until midnight on Aug. 9, from 9 am. until midnight on Saturday, Aug. 10 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Tickets cost $45 for all three days, $30 for Saturday and Sunday and $15 for just Sunday. Kids under 16 are free.

To purchase tickets or to see a full schedule, visit

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