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September 23, 2011

Our Guide To The Manayunk Eco-Arts Festival, September 24-25: Bicycle-Powered DJs, Sustainable Arts Vendors, Vegetarian Food And Much More

Last year's inaugural event drew 30,000+ attendees for a fun-filled weekend of dining, shopping and learning about greener living. (Photo courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation)

The Manayunk EcoArts Festival returns this weekend, a two-day celebration of artistic, sustainable and local green initiatives.

At the festival, vendors will line the streets, including artisans utilizing natural techniques like woodwork, soap making, and natural fabric dying, as well as dozens of businesses and non-profits with a green bent showcasing their wares and knowledge. There will also be a free clothing swap, recycling bin distribution and so much more.

Check out our guide to the festival before attending, so you’re fully prepared:

Arts Vendors

Dozens and dozens of artists will be displaying their work for your admiration and purchase. All use natural ingredients, recycled materials or other eco-friendly approaches to art. Areas of masterwork include fiber, glass & ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, painting & drawing, photography and wood & sculpture. The full list of exhibiting artists is available here.

Music

Verde Styles, a clothing line centered on the idea of improving the environment, will feature local DJs spinning throughout the day with light and sound equipment powered by bicycles in a system built by HP and Temple University’s Department of Engineering. Stop by the Eco Experience Tent on the corner of Main and Cotton Street to hear these sustainable tunes.

Eco Car Show

Stop by the Eco Car Show to view and test drive one of six cars with 28 MPG or more: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Ford Focus and Chevy Volt. Test drives will take place on the corner of Main & Lock Streets.

Information on eco-educational workshops, kids’ activities and more, below.

2nd Annual Manayunk Eco-Arts Festival
When: Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Main & Levering Streets to Main & Lock Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.manayunk.com

Eco-Educational Series

The full lecture/workshop schedule is available here. Highlights include Adult Zumba with Dara Patrusky at 3 p.m. on Saturday; Jason Ingle, executive director of Greener Partners, discussing community farming at 5 p.m. on Saturday; and Sean Crane, the lead energy auditor and co-owner of Hometown Green, showing homeowners how to Create a Net Zero Energy Home, 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Children’s Activities

The following booths will be providing children’s activities:

• Clothing Swap: Kids Zumba’ lessons
• Macaroni Kid: Eco-friendly crafts projects
• KYW: Kid’s Cast, give your child the chance to become a KYW anchor
• Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education: Kid-friendly scavenger hunt and art activity
• Recycled Artist-In-Residency (RAIR): Fun children’s art activities
• Historic Germantown: Free environmental and colonial crafts
• Riverbend Environmental Education Center: Live animals, touchable artifacts and information on how parents and children can get outdoors and connected with nature

For parking info and directions, click here. The full event schedule is available here.

Last year the event drew 30,000+ attendees for a fun-filled weekend of dining, shopping and learning about greener living. Make sure you’re one of them this year!

Previously: The Manayunk Eco-Arts Festival Returns September 24-25: Bicycle-Powered DJs, Sustainable Arts Vendors, Vegetarian Food And Much More

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