Future’s so bright

Sacramento Sun Fest


To prep for its October grand opening, downtown city officials have scheduled myriad events near the Golden 1 Arena to build up hype. One such happening is Sacramento Sun Fest, a two-day festival that organizers have billed as “the largest outdoor solar power and energy festival” in the region.

The theme is “Power to the People”—with the aim to gather the energy of both the sun and the people in one space. It takes place at Cesar Chavez Plaza where the goal will be to educate consumers on topics such as solar power, sustainability, renewable energy, cost and environmental impact.

To help get the message across, Sacramento Sun Fest’s roster features live music from acts such as Tower of Power tribute band, Bump City ReUnion Band (pictured; the band’s name comes from Tower of Power’s 1972 album, by the way) and guest speakers such as mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, who will discuss the connection between renewable energy resources and downtown Sacramento.

Absorb the sun’s energy via demonstrations and community outreach from solar experts and educational seminars, along with resource information booths for any questions. Oh, and food—of course. $10, children are free; 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, and noon Sunday, August 21; 910 I Street; www.sacsunfest.info.