The Burien Solar Punk Festival : A One-Day Experience of Entertainment, Community, Environment and Technology

The Burien Solar Punk Festival

If there is one simple fact that may just change your thoughts on renewable power, it's this one.

In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in a year.

“Solar Punk” is the festival theme, which envisions a future where community and technology are integrated to create a self-sustaining system. In this event, attendees will learn about alternative self-sustaining ways to work and power their daily lives. It is an iconic one-day event that celebrates the best of Burien and empowers the community by bringing eco-friendly businesses together to showcase what they do and connect them to the community as potential employers. Business, Arts, and Culture are the three most powerful drivers of community participation and engagement in Burien and the pillars upon which the festival is based. The proceeds from The Burien Solar Punk Festival will be utilized to support: Key Tech Labs Green Jobs Expo, a Mini Job’s Fair, a Small Business Expo, funds for the new micro solar system, and stipends for the youth Green Pre-Apprenticeship Program

At this year’s Burien Solar Punk Festival you will see green technologies, Like an air-to-water generator, that creates clean drinking water out of the air. You will also see a microgrid solar system that generates energy from sunlight. We even have a farmbot which is an open-source CNC machine that will weed, water, and seed a garden bed all by itself. The future is now and the future is green.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, August 27th 2022

Time: 10 :00 am - 11:00 pm

Address: 614 SW 120th St Burien, WA 98146

Location: Burien WA, 98146

Duration: 12 hours

Event Site Map

  • The Burien Solar Punk Festival is an iconic one-day event that brings people together in one spot to present their enterprises and connect job seekers with green companies and professional prospects.

  • In Burien, there are limited opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people and businesses to interact, network, and enjoy the culture together.

  • Join us for a full day of engagement and networking, followed by a nighttime opportunity to camp under the stars, see a culturally relevant movie, enjoy everything from locally created beer to an AR Art wall, and even drink harvested rainwater.

The Burien Solar Punk Festival is a Key Tech Labs event that aims to bring together technology, art, culture, and community in one place to teach us about the future.

This event has four major components that occur concurrently throughout the day.

  • Pop-up Farmer's Market: Community members can wander around and visit booths showcasing technology, local green enterprises, and cuisine.

  • Green Jobs Expo: the solar energy, green construction, and rainwater harvesting industries will be featured at the Green Jobs Expo. These business leaders will be available to chat with community members about green business and what it's like to be Black in these industries. These Green entrepreneurs will also disclose impending job opportunities for which community members can interview on-site.

  • A music festival follows the Green Jobs Expo: This revolves around the stage, where guests will be entertained by spoken word performers, a band, and other media attractions.

  • Black Panther Movie in the Garden: Black Panther is the perfect illustration of Solar Punk since it exhibits the cultural use of technology. Black Panther also exemplifies the long-term usage of technology in the fusion and collaboration of our technological environment and culture. This film is nostalgic in the BIPOC community because it shows Black representation in Hollywood.

Time: 10 :00 am - 5:00 pm

Pop-up Farmer's Market: Community members can wander around and visit booths showcasing technology, local green enterprises, and cuisine.

Food Station Options

Time: 1 :00 am - 7:00 pm

The amount of food we can provide for event attendees is limited, so please get your ticket early so we have a better idea of the number of people our food services can accommodate.

Portable Facilities

Time: 10 :00 am - 11:00 pm

The Green Jobs Expo will be facilitated by multiple BIPOC led green businesses that will speak for 5 minutes each. During their speeches, each of the businesses will go over who they are, what their Green Business does, and some of the challenges they face as BIPOC led businesses in a traditionally white-dominated space. These businesses will also talk about the opportunities their businesses seek to explore and scale on, as well as opportunities for future hires. As the event will be marketed to working-age youth who are interested in Green Jobs and Industries, we will be hosting a Mini Job Fair right after the Green Jobs Expo where the youth can sign up for interviews with your Organization. If you know of a business that would like to speak at this year's Green Business Expo then Click Here. If you would like to become a sponsor of the Green Business Expo then Click here.

Time: 1 :00 pm - 3:00 pm

Burien has a higher rate of unemployment, as compared to the national average. The purpose of this Job Fair event is to create a conducive environment, where multiple recruiters, hiring managers, and employers, can meet with potential employees, in one convenient neutral venue. The Job Fair will enable Green Companies to save time and effort on recruiting, by participating in this event. This will be achieved by giving Job Seekers the opportunity to attend interviews with well-known companies at a Job Fair. Click here if your looking to participate in the Mini Job Fair.

Time: 3 :30 am - 4:00 pm


Green Construction



Rain Water Harvesting

Green Techongies

VR Demos of Trade Work

Time: 3 :00 am - 5:00 pm

VR Environmental Tours

VR Business Tour Series

"A day in the live of" VR Series

Time: 5 :30 am - 7:45 pm

Music Festival: occurs after the Green Jobs Expo. This centers around the stage, we will have DJ Superman Spinning up music for the Music Fest.

Movie in the Garden

Time: 8 :00 pm - 10:45 pm

Movie in the Garden Showing of Black Panther: Black Panther is the perfect representation of Solar Punk as it demonstrates cultural use of technology. Black Panther also showcases a sustainable use of technology in a merger and collaboration between our technological environment and culture. This film is nostalgic in the heart of the BIPOC Community, as it showcases Black representation within Hollywood.

Solar Punk Film Showcase

Black Panther’s vision of Wakanda rejects the oft-repeated story that we humans and our environment are natural enemies. Instead, it tells a story in which humans have become technologically sophisticated while maintaining a flourishing relationship with their surrounding environment.

In other words, Black Panther is Solar Punk.

Why “Solar punk” Gives Me Hope for a More Sustainable Future

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Event Sponsors

Donations Need for Back 2 School Event

We will have a donation table for the Back 2 School Giveaway at the event. If you have items to donate for students getting ready for school then don't forget to bring them to the festival.

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