Erie, Pennsylvania 2023 Mother Earth News Fair
VIP Erie, PA 2023
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Bayfront Convention Center,

Erie, Pennsylvania

July 15-16, 2023


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Saturday, July 15 • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 16 • 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16507




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The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR has a new destination in Pennsylvania: Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center, located on the shores of Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay in Western Pennsylvania! Join us July 15-16, 2023 for a weekend of learning and fun, all while enjoying breathtaking, scenic views of Presque Isle Bay.

With two attached hotels and many more options nearby, you can rest easy after a busy day learning and exploring at the FAIR! At this new venue, you still get all the great experiences of the usual FAIR: interesting workshops, engaging experts, and the wonderful MOTHER EARTH NEWS community!


Develop your self-sufficiency skills with direct guidance from some of the most sought after experts in the world of sustainability. Interact not only with the experts but other enthusiastic learners who help make the FAIR such a success! And don’t forget to explore the offerings of vendors and the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR bookstore! What’s better than learning directly from the source? Getting to enjoy a great view at the same time!

meet some of our speakers

This is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most sought after experts in the world of sustainability. Come ready with your questions and look forward to learning something new – directly from the source!


Mother Earth News has been helping folks live simpler, more meaningful lives since the magazine was launched – nearly 50 years ago. No matter your personal interests you know you can count on Mother’s quality workshops for field-tested, country-honed guidance that will set you free – and put money in your pocket!


Budding Herbalists
with Crystal Stevens

Learn 10 common medicinal herbs and their virtues from Crystal Stevens, co-founder of Tend and Flourish School of Botanicals, and her daughter Iris. Learn how to make your own herbal tea blend to keep you healthy this winter. Each participant will take home a dried herbal tea blend.

Natural Beekeeping
That Works
with Leo Sharashkin

Keeping bees can be simpler than growing tomatoes. Learn the tested methods that allow you to add any number of hives to your farm or garden with minimal cost.

Mushroom Survival Skills: Keep fire, filter water, and more
with Tradd Cotter

This class demonstrates several key skill sets needed to grow mushrooms off the grid. Doing so, you can create tinder, use the spent substrate to make water filters, and take advantage of medical uses (such as natural antibiotic bandages).



Our hands-on and extended workshops are one of our most popular attractions! For an additional fee, you can register to take part in these limited engagements aimed at fostering practical, money-saving skillsets. The best way to learn is by doing, and our nationally renowned experts will show you how. Topics run the gamut. Create your own sourdough starter, learn expert hand-spinning techniques, explore DIY fermentation with miso, and more!

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Come to the FAIR early and get a jump start with this day and a half long workshop covering all things fermented!

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Finally There’s a Better Way to Find Homesteading Products

The Mother Earth News Fair provides you a rare opportunity: a living and breathing marketplace where you can interact with exhibitors, authors, and innovators whose passion for what they do is matched only by their authority in the industry. Our exhibitors are ready and willing to demo and discuss a vast array of products that will help you live better. Now you can shop the latest sustainable products, compare prices, witness demos, and take advantage of exclusive deals and incentives – all in one place.

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Find Your Way

Get the layout of the venue, and find your favorite stage and exhibitors before you go to the FAIR.

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Places to Stay

Beautiful Bayfront Landing

The Fair at Bayfront Landing in Erie, Pennsylvania, is uniquely special as speakers, staff and attendees co-mingle throughout the weekend at this beautiful location on Presque Isle Bay. Take advantage of complete lodging options directly attached to the convention center with breath-taking views of the water, which can be booked directly through the resort. For more information, make a reservation online by visiting this link, or please call (814) 240-7246.

Interested in Camping?

Check out these nearby RV Parks and/or campgrounds.
Sara’s Campground
Lampe Campground
Presque Isle Passage


pENNsylvania Fair

Book signing schedule


1:30-2:00 p.m.      Dan Chiras, Pam Dawling, John Moody, Chris Smith

3:00-3:30 p.m.      Gianaclis Caldwell, Shawna Coronado, Ira Wallace

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Maria Noël Groves, Andrew Moore, Deborah Niemann, Jereme Zimmerman

6:00-6:30 p.m.      Gary Collins



11:00-11:30 a.m.    Kimberlee Bastien, Melissa Caughey, Dawn Combs, Tradd Cotter, Kim Flottum, Darrell Frey, Merideth Leigh

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Gianaclis Caldwell, Pam Dawling, Frank Hyman, Hilary Kearney

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Shawna Coronado, Janice Cox, John Moody, Leah Webb, Jereme Zimmerman

4:30-5:00 p.m.        Maria Noël Groves, Hannah Crum, Shawn and Beth Dougherty, Kathleen Draper, Patricia Foreman, Alice Percy, Akiva Silver

6:00-6:30 p.m.        Rob Avis, Gary Collins, Kirsten and Christopher Shockey


11:00-11:30 a.m.    Tradd Cotter, Shawn and Beth Dougherty, Frank Hyman, Jill Nussinow, Crystal Stevens

12:30-1:00 p.m.      Rob Avis, Melissa Caughey, Kim Flottum, Victoria Redhed Miller, Kirsten and Christopher Shockey

3:00-3:30 p.m.        Dan Chiras, Crystal Stephens

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Marie Rayma, Joel Salatin, Ira Wallace


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