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, Mini Jobs Fair, Small Business Expo, funds for a new micro solar system, and stipends for the youth Green Pre-Apprenticeship Program participants.

Solar Punk Festival attendees  young and old will get to experience various Green Technologies. Three examples are our an air to water generator, solar microgrid system and a FarmBot. The air to water generator extracts moisture from the air and converts it into water. The solar microgrid system generates energy from the sun. The FarmBot is an open-source CNC machine that can be programmed to water, seed and weed automatically.  Come on and join us because "The Future Is NOW and The Future is GREEN! "

Event Details

Date:  Saturday,  August 10th 2024

Time: 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM 

Address:  614 SW 120th St Burien, WA 98146

Location:  Shark Garden

Duration: 12 hours

Event Site Map

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.

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

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

Food Station Options

Time: 1:00 PM - 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 3 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 Industries, we will be hosting a Mini Jobs 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 Jobs Expo please Click here. If you would like to become a sponsor of the Green Jobs Expo please Click here.

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 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 our job fair. Click here if you are looking to participate our the Mini Jobs Fair. 

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Green Construction



Rain Water Harvesting

Green Techongies

Virtual Reality Demos of Trade Work

Time: 3 :00 PM - 5:00 PM

VR Environmental Tours

VR Business Tour Series 

"A day in the life of"  VR Series 

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Experience the ULTIMATE rockstar moment with Rockaraoke. They are a live rock band that will back you up while you perform live karaoke! Also be sure to check out our featured artist, David Ryan Harris, a renowned musician who has played with artist groups like Scary Pockets. 

This year we are going to have a music line up starting with


5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Join us at the Burien Solar Punk Festival for an unforgettable music experience! 🎶🤘 Rockaraoke will be there, giving you the opportunity to perform like a true rock star with a live band! Don't miss your chance to shine on stage and rock out with us! 🌟

Featured Artist: David Ryan Harris 

6:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Exciting news for all Solar Punk Festival-goers! We are thrilled to announce that the incredibly talented David Ryan Harris will be gracing our stage this year! 🎶🎸 Get ready to be blown away by his world-renowned artistry and his incredible collaborations with groups like Scray Pockets. Don't miss out on this unforgettable performance! 

Movie In The Garden 

Time: 8:30 PM - 10:45 PM

When the sun goes down, we will be hosting a magical evening under the stars as we present Pixar's Wall-E at our annual Movie In The Garden event. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Solar Punk as we watch this beloved film. You don't want to miss out! 

Solar Punk Film Showcase

A Pixar animation film where WALL-E, a hopeful trash robot left collecting and compacting trash long after Earth has been deemed uninhabitable, nurtures a plant back to life. A futuristic robot named EVE, which WALL-E falls in love with, senses the plant, and he is willing to follow her across the galaxy. The film is especially notable for extended portions of the story which use little to no dialogue to advance the storytelling, as well as its ultimately hopeful outlook in the face of the apocalypse.  

Solar Punk: Movies

More details coming soon 

Event Sponsors

More details coming soon 

Check out a video The Port of Seattle created to  showcase the solar system that powers our event. The video outlined the different organizations that are part of making this event happen.