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Local record label, Zenhill Records, was founded in 2010 and has been ‘Sustaining Indie Music’ here in Houston ever since.

 
live music at stageville
1PM

The Wheel Workers are a socially-conscious band that lives in the same universe as The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, and The Pixies. We deliver a diverse sound and instrumentation involving violins, keyboards, trumpets, clarinet, theremin and banjo along with more traditional rock instruments.

3PM

The Journey Agents (commonly referred to as the J.A.’s) are a Houston-based, six member funk ensemble. The music, simply and conveniently classified as funk, is all original (barring the occasional Curtis Mayfield or Lonnie Liston Smith jam) and often explores other territories as well. Latin,percussion-heavy samba rhythms, textures of jazz, and energy of rock are elements that can also be found in the grease bucket. Cosmic, spacy vibes, yet earth-rooted and tightly arranged movements, are designed to be crowd-centric.

5PM

Born a full turn from the white picket fences of America, Craig Kinsey was raised on Southern lore from a family of moon shiners. His teenage years were spent train hopping and driving cross country in search of ‘the old days’ Guthrie, Kerouac, and John Lee Hooker. This seeking out the marrow of life led him into the great silence of a monastery and out again into music’s center stage. The Craig Kinsey Band is Roots Americana with New Orleans brass, beat up piano, strings and fiddle. With poetic, stirring lyrics that hearken to Keats and Rambeau – tied to together to sound like Charlie Chaplin movies look.

fest exhibitors
  • Kidtopia
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  • CasaTown
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  • PowerTown
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  • GoTown / Gov Hub
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  • ParkTown
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  • Tastington
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  • Kinship
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  • EarthTown
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  • Balance Town
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  • Trend Town
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  • Funky Art Town

kidtopia

presented by
CSTEM
EcoEDG
Green Scene Toys
Patiovore
Snow Dog IceCream
Last Organic Outpost

casatown

presented by
Natural Care Cleaning
American Textile Recycling Services
Nature's Pest Control
Renewal by Anderson
Greenling
Carey Kindly
Nature House By Savannah

powertown

presented by
Texas Solar Outfitters
Green Mountain Energy

gotown - govhub

presented by
CoH Office of Sustainability
Reuse Warehouse
Green Building Resource Center
CoH Solid Waste
Houston B Cycle
Pedal Party
HAUS Project
Houston Tomorrow
Tend Building / Architend

parktown

presented by
Houston Audubon
Buffalo Bayou Partnership

tastington

presented by
Michael's Cookie Jar
Pat Greer
Rawfully Organic
Central City Co-op
Tree Frog Coffees
Kickin Kombucha
Jackie's Gourmet
The Curry Cup
Love Water
Tavola Pasta
Kickin Kombucha

kinship

presented by
Pride
Air Alliance
Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Bioneers
Friends for Life
HAUS Project
Houston Tomorrow

earthtown

presented by
The Ground Up
MicroLife All Organic Biologigical Fertilizer
OHBA - Organic Educators
Texas Ready
Water Conscious
One Green Street
Height's Plant Farm

balancetown

presented by
Camp Gladiator
Health 2 Gough
Chase the Burn
Real Dental Health
Feet 2 Fins

trendtown

presented by
Salve Naturals
Magpies & Peacocks
Minawear Luxury Hemp Loungewear
Zapatero Bucaram

funkyarttown

presented by
Bayou City Glass Works
Recycled by Design/Eggscetera
Janice Cookstone
Jamie Chatterton
Lottie Rae Designs
Gypsea Moon
Sam Van Bibber
Cynthia Vela
ReMarket
Texas Art Asylum
Green Arts Fest
Medina Farms
Eco Fab Arts
Crafty Houston
Sarah Gish
Frilled & Feathered
fest activities

Day-of-Fest Activities

We don't do boring. Check out all of the great activities we have happening throughout the day. Choose from live, local music to kid's activities to animal adoptions!

On Stageville, the Fest Stage:

  • 1PM Live, Local Music: The Wheel Workers
  • 2PM The SusFest Awards: Featuring the brightest of Houston
  • 3PM Live, Local Music: Journey Agents
  • 4PM Walk of the Town: Upcycled Fashion Show
  • 5PM Live, Local Music: The Craig Kinsey Band

Walk of the Town: Up-Cycled Fashion Show

Brought to you by Zapatero Bucaram Public Relations

The next installment of our annual Up-Cycled/ Vintage Fashion Show takes us on a tour of trends around town. The looks from River Oaks to Montrose and almost everything in between- and where you can get them, locally.

A World of Fun at Kidtopia

Gardending, crafts, races, toys, painting and more. Kidtopia has expanded this year to accommodate our littlest SusFesters!

  • Recycled plastic bottle activity with EcoEDG
  • CSTEM Challenge Mini-Activities
  • Check out the completely eco SnowDog Ice Cream Truck
  • Play the natural way with Green Scene Toys
  • Paint with friendly paints from the Green Painter
  • Build a garden with Patiovore Edible Gardens!

Find A New Four Legged Friend with Friends for Life

The Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle is a 26' state of the art adoption center on wheels that brings the pets to the people in style! The MAV hold 28 animals for adoption and is always a fun way to meet the our wonderful animals. We will be featuring both cats and dogs for a meet and greet and have information on fostering, adopting, volunteering and some fun free giveways items for visitors! Please stop by and see us!

Delicious Frozen Treats, Solar Balloon Races and General Mayhem with Snowdog Ice-Cream

Snowdog's re-invented the ice cream truck experience for the year 2013! Our 'business' is making deliciously-memorable experiences for KIDS & sprinkling them with a bit of nostalgia for ADULTS. Employees, tenants, school kids, everyone loves ice cream, especially when there's tons of bubbles and custom music transporting them into the giant, technicolor sphere-o-joy! 

about the fest

Before there were superstores, there was the general store. Before organic was a decision one made, it was a way of life. More and more, Houstonians are making decisions that are about returning to these values while remaining firmly cemented in the now. The Sustainable Living Fest is about celebrating this movement, and this city.

With music, art, food, fashion, shopping- this near-zero waste event (NZW) is the only Fest of its kind in Texas! More than anything, the Sustainable Living Fest is about this great city. It’s about showcasing the best and the brightest Houston has to offer. It’s about fantastic local talent and the best local eats- about children playing with earth, interactive demonstrations and progressive trends in local businesses. It’s about connecting community. It’s about time to take Houston sustainability from a tradition to trend and back again.

Welcome to Houtopia


This year we celebrate not only what Houston could become, but what we are, and have done. Named by the EPA as the #1 Local Government Green Power Purchaser, #1 in Green Building Initiatives, and leading the nation with our Power Plug-In and Bike Share Programs, Houston is a city on the rise. Our unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation, and local food sources are increasing exponentially every year. We even topped Forbes list of America’s Coolest Cities.

Be proud, Houston. Be proud of what we have accomplished together. But be wise, also. Continue to spend your dollars locally. Continue to search for new ways to shop, dine, and get around town- sustainably. Most of all, continue to support the fantastic music, art, talent, and bevy of local businesses here in Houston.

That is what the Sustainable Living Fest is all about. It’s our once a year reminder that we live in one of the greatest cities in the country. Full of the best music, food, local businesses and technological advances in the nation! The Fest is also our reminder that there is always more work to do, but with each passing year, we are that much closer to Houtopia.

where to eat

Houston is known for its amazing selection of places to eat. Downtown Houston is no exception. Fest attendees can enjoy an array of dining choices in and around Market Square Park.

At the Fest

Niko Niko's Market Square

at Market Square Park

Greek gyros, pita sandwiches & kebobs.

Saint Arnold Brewing Co

at Market Square Park

Famous local brewery - delicious brews

Pat Greer's
Kitchen

In Tastington

Houston's premiere Raw kitchen.

Kickin
Kombucha

Tastington

Tasty energizing tea with a kick!


In Market Square

HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE

218 Travis

Modern American gastro lounge.

MARKET SQUARE BAR & GRILL

311 Travis

Chicago-style bar with killer burgers.


Around Historic Market Square (within a block or two)

AZUMA SUSHI & ROBATA BAR

909 Texas

New-age Japanese with downtown flare.

FRANK'S
PIZZARIA

417 Travis

New-York-style pizza & good burgers.

HONG KONG
DINER

909 Franklin

Local favorite for chef specials.

MACONDO LATIN BISTRO

208 Travis

Latin dishes & Colombian coffee.

MIA BELLA TRATTORIA

320 Main

Mediterranean-Italian cuisine.

MINUTI
COFFEE

909 Texas

Fine pastries, smoothies & coffees.

SAMBUCA
 

909 Texas

Hip & trendy American supper club.

SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE

901 Commerce

Italian-American family restaurant.

find the fest

Market Square Park is located in the Historic District of Downtown at 301 Milam Street. Parking options are plentiful, with the Market Square Parking Garage, street parking and numerous public transit avenues. See a full list of parking and transportation options here.


Market Square Park
301 Milam Houston,Texas 77002

where to park

There's more than one way to get to a Fest. Ride your bike, skate if you have wheels, scooter if you must, or Regatta your way over!

Market Square Garage - 300 Milam St

$5.00 / daytime

Market Square Lot - 320 Milam St

$6.00 / daytime

Milam St / Franklin St

$5.00 / daytime

Preston St / Travis St

N/A

Milam St / Franklin St

$5.00 / max

811 Prairie St

$8.00 / daytime

900 Preston St

$7.00 / daytime

114 Travis St

$5.00/ max

Ride the Rail!

Take the Light Rail(PRESTON – SOUTH station),which is a short stroll away from Market Square Park. For a full listing of stops visit Houston Metro.

I prefer my Bicycle, baby!

Refer to the City of Houston Bikeway Map on its Web site for a safe route into downtown.

I just want to Park, please.

Metered Street Parking will be available in the Downtown area, but is limited to 2hr increments. Parking after 6PM on Saturday is Free.

fest sponsors