Frequently Asked Questions
|2024 Ticket Type||Early Bird Pricing
Through May 1
|Front Gate Pricing
Starting May 2
|Adult Weekend Pass||$35||$45|
|Senior (65+)/Student Weekend Pass||$16||$20|
|Youth (13-18) Weekend Pass||$16||$20|
|Adult 1-Day Pass||$15||$20|
|Senior (65+)/Student 1-Day Pass||$8||$10|
|Youth (13-18) 1-Day Pass||$8||$10|
|Kids 12 and under||Free||Free|
|Special Event Tickets||Member||Non-Member|
At this time public wifi is not available.
Wifi will be available to presenters and exhibitors.
Please check back for any updates.
- Most importantly, yourself, friends, and family!
- Comfortable shoes for walking the fairgrounds
- Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- Rain jacket and umbrella – we’ll be going strong in rain or shine!
- Refillable water bottle
- Bag for all of the goodies you’ll score at the Fair
- Business cards for networking, pencil, and/or pen
- Camera or mobile device- check our Media Kit to connect via social media!
- Your dance moves for rocking out to the musical guests featured over the weekend.
- If you’re an MREA Member, bring your membership receipt or simply tell your name to the Front Gate volunteers (we are no longer mailing membership cards).
- As of now, masks are optional in buildings.
Some areas of the Fair accept credit card payments including the Front Gate, Silent Auction & Info Tent.
An ATM is located in the entry of MREA’s main building to supply cash if needed. The following areas of The Energy Fair accept cash only:
– MREA Cafe
– Beer Tent
– Some exhibitors and food vendors
2024 Dates & Times
Friday, June 21: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 23: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free Admission: MREA Members, kids 12 & under, and Hardcore Volunteers receive free admission! Volunteers giving two-hours time can get in free the day they volunteer and those working 12+ hours receive weekend admission.
Workshop Presenters, Exhibitors, and certain Sponsor levels also receive free weekend admission and may be eligible for additional benefits. Head to theenergyfair.org/sponsorship to learn more!
Exhibitors receive an email confirmation containing the exhibitor information packet, which can also be found on the Exhibitor Information page at www.TheEnergyFair.org/exhibit.
Sorry, NO PETS are allowed unless your animal is training to be or is a certified service animal.
MREA does not and has never sold any list of the sort. In the past, MREA staff and some Fair participants have experienced spam emails with Energy Fair attendee lists for sale. Please know that these solicitations are scams, and the senders have not been authorized on behalf of MREA or The Energy Fair. We encourage you to mark these emails as spam and then delete them.
2024 Exhibitor Staffing Dates and Hours
Thursday, June 20 (Exhibitor check-in and setup)……………9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 21 (Vehicles permitted)……………………………….7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Friday, June 21 (Exhibits Open)………………………………………9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 (Vehicles permitted)……………………………7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Saturday, June 22 (Exhibits Open)…………………………………..9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 (Vehicles permitted)………………………………7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m
Sunday, June 23 (Exhibits Open)……………………………………..9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 (Exhibitor take-down)……………………………4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Your email order confirmation will be your entry ticket. Please have it ready to expedite your entry.
Ticket/membership purchase confirmations can be presented by paper or by phone. If you don’t have either of these items, we’ll have a roster of everyone who has purchased a ticket and/or membership.
Note: If you purchased camping, you will receive a unique confirmation indicating your site number.
Yes! Head to midwestrenew.org/volunteer to keep up to date on all available volunteer opportunities with the MREA!
MREA will alert its audiences of additional volunteer opportunities as they develop. If you’re interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our volunteer solicitations.
Our staff emails all current members their digital member card within two weeks of their membership purchase. You can print your card and present it at The Energy Fair Front Gate or save the email to your smartphone for speedy entry to the Fair. If you don’t have your card, no worries; we’ll also have a list of current members!
For any other membership questions, please check midwestrenew.org/
Below are the volunteer jobs you can sign up for:
- Pre-Fair Volunteer
- Help prep before the Fair; as early as Monday the week of the Fair! Heavy & light work available
- Front Gate, Membership, & Will Call Volunteer
- Greet, answer questions, sell tickets and/or memberships, and assist with Will Call badge pick up and sign-in
- Gate Greeter
- Monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the Front Gate, assist Front Gate Volunteers & support Security Staff
- Traffic Crew
- Direct traffic on Deer Road and parking lots
- Grounds Crew
- Empty garbage, recycling, and compost bins, other facilities tasks
- Food & Café Volunteer
- Prepare and/or serve food, clean up the Café and/or dining event areas; make and serve coffee
- Beverage & Special Event Volunteer
- Work under the Lead Bartender and serve beer (must be 18 or over and work sober). Help set up special events during the Fair, prepare food, and takedown event
- Campground Volunteer
- Maintain campgrounds and manage shower trailer, assist in delivering supplies to The Coffee Bean
- Rainbow’s End
- Help with workshops and monitor the free kids’ play area
- Take Down Crew
- Tear down and help clean up – Take Down starts Sunday and goes until Tuesday, June 25th
- Post Fair Volunteer
- On-site assistance; cleaning, inventory. Begins Monday, July 8th
There are so many ways to make an impact at The Energy Fair! It would not be possible without the 300+ volunteers who help make the Fair a success. Without their help, the Fair just wouldn’t happen. We hope you will join us as we pave the way to a more sustainable future!
You may sign up to be an Energy Fair volunteer here.
Volunteer schedules will be sent out shortly before the Fair! Our Volunteer Coordinator will try to match your availability, interests, passions, and abilities to the best of their ability.
Please note that some areas of The Energy Fair have their own high priority times or specific times when they operate.
The Volunteer Coordinator will try their best to schedule you in your chosen area(s), but sometimes positions fill faster for some areas or other areas may require more volunteers to effectively operate.
After you receive your schedule, please confirm that your volunteer schedule works for you. If it does not, then the Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com) can work with you to reschedule your shift(s).
No, but almost all of them are!*
|Workshop Type||Cost*||Length||How To Get Tickets|
|General Workshops||$0||50 min||No Tickets Necessary|
|Extended Workshops||$Varies||Up to 3 hrs||Energy Fair Tickets Page|
|Energy Professional CE Series||$0||1 to 2 hrs||No Tickets Necessary|
*Attendees must purchase admission or an MREA membership to enter The Energy Fair, but volunteers can can get free entry depending on their commitment.
Parking is available on the MREA grounds. View the Fairgrounds Map to see parking entrances and parking spaces. We recommend keeping an eye out for public transportation and bike route options to cut down on our collective carbon footprint! Find information on free and discounted bus shuttles on our Travel and Accommodations page.
Volunteers that donate 2+ hours of their time receive a Day Pass (in the form of a color-coded wristband) to The Energy Fair. Volunteers that donate 12+ hours of their time receive a Weekend Pass (in the form of a badge) to The Energy Fair. These passes are located at the Volunteer Tent. Pick them up before your shift when you sign in at the Volunteer Tent!
MREA has launched a public education call to action – “Rise Up Midwest!”
The energy efficiency and distributed energy industries have the capacity to rapidly expand services resulting in increased local investment, business growth, energy resiliency as well as employment opportunities in urban and rural communities across the region. Let’s put people to work. Let’s make home and business investments that reduce expenses for the long-term. Let’s build a strong and resilient electric grid that weathers future crises. Let’s invest our energy dollars locally. Let’s build an energy economy that best serves people and the places we live and love. Now is the time. To do this, state, local, and utility leadership across the Midwest must expand programs and advance policies that provide business opportunity and create market stability. To learn more, visit riseupmidwest.org.
Yes, we will be hosting the Networking Dinner on Thursday 6/20/24! You can purchase your tickets at theenergyfair.org/tickets.
There are three types of campsites at The Back 40 Campground:
- RV sites are located in an open field.
- You will receive a campsite number in your camping confirmation (sent by email).
- Tent with Car
- Available spaces for purchase include 1-tent with car/ 2-tents with car/ and 3-tents with car.
- You will receive a campsite number in your camping confirmation (sent by email).
- There is no driving in the walk-in tent area.
- You will receive a campsite number in your email confirmation, but this is only to guide you to the correct area.
- You get to pick your campsite once you arrive to the correct walk-in area – signage is on site to help guide you.
- Cars must be parked in the parking lot at the campground.
- Limited parking may be available along the road near the walk-in camping area; however it is first come, first serve.
At this time, ice is not on site at the campground; however you can purchase ice at the MREA Cafe located on the fairgrounds.
Unfortunately campfires are strictly prohibited. Fire danger is extremely high at this campground.
The Back 40 Campground has one shower trailer available throughout the weekend. Port-a-potties are also strategically located throughout the campground.
There is no dumping of grey water permitted under any circumstances.
Quiet hours at The Back 40 are from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am daily (please shut off all generators and music and keep voices low).
All campsites at The Back 40 do not have access to electricity.
There are many options for camping and lodging near The Energy Fair. You can even camp AT The Energy Fair! Sites will sell out, so don’t delay in purchasing your campsite at The Back 40 Campground. Sales begin April 1st.
For more information on purchasing a campsite at The Back 40, camping near The Energy Fair, local hotels, etc. head to theenergyfair.org/accommodations.
Parking at The Energy Fair is free!
All current members will be listed on our roster at The Energy Fair Front Gate and receive a membership wristband, which includes entry for the entire weekend.
In order to expedite Front Gate entry, please present your membership payment receipt as proof of membership (this can be done by printout or phone).