If you’re searching for an educational vegan vacation destination or you’re simply looking for vegan programs that are open to the public, welcome to the North American Vegetarian Society. Our Vegan Summerfest (formerly Vegetarian Summerfest) gathers people of all levels of experience at our leading vegan conference in the United States to learn more about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Take cooking classes, begin a fitness regimen, engage in animal rights activism, become a dedicated steward of Earth’s precious resources and make new friends at our summer vegan fest!
For more than 40 years, the NAVS Vegan Summerfest has been the place to learn about healthy vegan living. Every year, hundreds of like-minded community members gather to listen to the field’s most enlightened physicians, dieticians, chefs, researchers and activists share their knowledge and experiences.
Whether you’re interested in preparing delicious, nutritionally balanced meals or you’d like to learn what it takes to become an animal rights or climate activist, you can enrich your body, your mind and your lifestyle at Summerfest. Discover commonsense strategies that make everyday living a little bit easier or inspire yourself to take a new direction in your career – and everything in between. Experienced dietitians and doctors share the tips you need to know to consume a healthy vegan diet. Learn how to maintain your commitment to your vegan lifestyle during the holidays, when traveling for business and when eating out. Find out the secrets to fighting food cravings, and don’t forget to explore Summerfest’s cooking classes.
Living a vegan lifestyle can feel lonely, especially around the holidays and at large family gatherings. Let Summerfest restore your commitment to living a healthy, compassionate and sustainable lifestyle! Summerfest is perfect for singles, couples and families of all levels of experience. Meet lifelong vegans and those who are curious about the vegan lifestyle, and make lasting friends who share your values.
When and where is the conference?
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It is set for July 1 – 5 at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the picturesque campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails. Registrants are offered two package options:
- Full Package: July 1 – 5 (five days, four nights). The program begins Wednesday afternoon (July 1).
- Weekend Package: July 3 – 5 (three days, two nights). The program begins Friday evening
The education program for all packages concludes Sunday afternoon.
What do the on campus fees include?
The on campus fees cover:
- The entire educational program, including classes, lectures, workshops and discussions. Also included are films, entertainment and use of certain athletic areas.
- Vegan meals and on-campus housing which includes a twin bed, linen and towels.
Are there housing choices?
Yes. You may choose:
- Non-air-conditioned traditional student housing with two rooms sharing bathroom facilities.
- Air-conditioned accommodations with private bath in the contemporary Living Learning Center.
Please note that air-conditioned housing will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. These accommodations will fill quickly, so please register early.
What will the meals be like?
There will be delicious vegan meals designed to meet a variety of diets, including gluten free* and raw food.
*foods are prepared in a kitchen where gluten is used, therefore we cannot guarantee that all items are 100% gluten-free