This free new day-long family-friendly festival
on the Phipps Conservatory front lawn is dedicated to envisioning a fun and sustainable future.
And the displays and activities – electric-bike test rides, anyone? – are complemented by half-price admission to Phipps
, where current attractions include the Butterfly Forest and Tropical Forest Congo.
The festival itself includes live music by the likes of Black Little Birds, Gene Stovall
, Devin Moses & The Saved, Proper People and Misaligned Mind
. Plus: an aquaponics demo; demos by Food Revolution Pittsburgh
cooking club and Phipps Café; and tours of Phipps’ new modular classroom.
Along with the e-bike rides and a scavenger hunt, try your hand at making a seed bomb or printing with reclaimed materials. There are also vendors of upcycled or sustainability-minded products.
Also look out for food trucks, from Las Chicas and Mac & Gold.
FutureFest is a project of Communitopia
, a group trying to reclaim environmentalism from images of gloom and disaster (though it acknowledges that environmental disasters are quite real). Here’s a recent CP profile
of Communitopia president Joylette Portlock, known for her humorous video series "Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something!"
The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Phipps’ front lawn, rain or shine. (Many activities are tented.)
Organizers encourage attendees to bike or take transit to Phipps, located at 1 Schenley Plaza, in Oakland.
More info is here