A 20 plus year tradition in Taylorsville, CA returns!
August 21st, 2021!!

Taylorsville Campground

Taylorsville, CA 95983

About the ForestFest

Celebrating rural community, collaborative forestry management, and sustainable energy sources with good food, good music, and a good time in the beautiful high Sierra Nevada mountains. 

This benefit event is a revitalization of the Solar Cook-Off and Music Festival that was organized by Bill and Mel Rocket of Blackhawk Solar, from 1992-2012.

After an 8 year hiatus ( plus a one-year COVID-19 pause) Sierra Institute is bringing the classic event back to Indian Valley! The event will raise funds for forest restoration, wildfire mitigation, and community development in California's Sierra Nevada region. To learn more about Sierra Institute for Community and Environment's work, visit our website at

Tickets Coming Soon

Green Energy

Green energy comes from natural sources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, plants, algae and geothermal heat. These energy resources are renewable, meaning they're naturally replenished. The ForestFest highlights two of these sources - solar and biomass energy. Learn more about what Sierra Institute is doing with biomass energy by clicking below. 

 Low Impact
Minimum Waste Event

The event will minimize waste by having compost and recycling stations as well as reusable silverware for all food vendors and water stations to refill water bottles. Click below to learn more about how you can support the effort, volunteer on the waste management team and come prepared for low impact camping. 

Soak Up the Electric Rays of Indian Valley by Cooking, Eating, Drinking, Dancing, and Basking in the Sun of the Beautiful High Sierra. 

Why the Sierra Institute for Community & Environment?

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment's core mission is to support rural communities and the natural habitats that surround and support them.

The ForestFest is a revitalization of the old Solar Cook-Off and Music Festival in Indian Valley that previously thrived for 20 plus years. This intimate but vibrant festival has and will continue to celebrate the beauty, connectedness, and charm of rural life in the high Sierra. The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is committed to bringing back this timeless tradition to highlight the heart and soul of Indian Valley, stimulate the local economy, and promote sustainable living and green energy as viable options both for festivals and daily life that support healthier, thriving communities and ecosystems.