Green Roots Festival

A bike ride for social change!
28th Annual
June 5th, 2016
(Rain date: June 19th)

Green Roots Festival

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
Noon - 5:30pm

Free and open to the public!
In the park at the Stony Brook T stop, Boylston & Lamartine St, JP


Live Music & Dance!

Energetic funk-rock! Make sure to come out for the Noon kickoff of this year's festival and hear Melodeego's music from the revolution that is powered by the people! They bring their own pedal-powered sound system to generate the electricity, and we'll need volunteers to take a turn pedaling and keep the music pumping.

Second Line is a 15-piece "raucous, stomp-your-foot-and-belt-out-the-choruses" New Orleans-style street band that combines music with social action. They are also the originators and organizers of the yearly Honk! festival.

Salsa, Merengue, and more Latin dance, including a salsa lesson for you to join! A program of Hyde Square Task Force, Ritmo’s 15 teens are trained as dance performers, instructors, and cultural stewards.

Paa Seck has wowed Green Roots audiences with music and dance from Senegal. This year, along with traditional sabar drums and vocals, they add guitar bass and drumkit to make a full band! See a music video online.

All-drum samba giant dance party! There's nothing like this group to bring the samba party and get the whole crowd on its feet! Bloco AfroBrazil has performed at every Green Roots Festival to date. Their music is rooted in African rhythms as they have been preserved in Brazil.
4:45 - LA PIÑATA
La Piñata’s unique program teaches Boston youth Latin American cultural performing arts, and in turn youth share these with the community at large throughout Boston. On this return performance at Green Roots, see them join forces with Bloco AfroBrazil to start their dance set!

Pedal Power!

This year Melodeego (also performing at Noon) is providing their innovative bike-powered sound system for all the amplification at the Green Roots Festival. This will be supplemented by the BNB pedal-powered system built by Ben Todd of Stony Brook Fine Arts. Maybe you can volunteer to take a shift pedaling to keep the music flowing!
After the BP oil spill, Melodeego decided they didn’t want to power their music with fossil fuels, and friend Sean Stevens designed a Bicycle Powered Sound System. Melodeego has brought their bike-powered show and clean energy message to Occupy camps from Vermont to DC and participated in the Tar Sands Action at the White House. See Melodeego's Kickstarter video and support their campaign for a new tour which includes building a bigger and better pedal-powered system and spreading this message across the country!

The pedal power gallery will showcase a number of pedal-powered machines in a collaboration of MIT's D-Lab, Carl Kurz, and David Branigan. Come try out a pedal corn-sheller and grinder (designed by Maya Pedal in Guatemala, a long-time partner organization of Bikes Not Bombs) pedal a blender bike, check out a bike ambulance, other cargo bikes, a typical bike brought back from Uganda, and more, and learn about how these machines relate to Bikes Not Bombs' programs.


We need many volunteers and a few special interns to make the Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival work.
Join the team!

Bike-A-Thon Riders!

The Green Roots Festival, as always, is the afterparty for you heroic Bike-A-Thon riders whose fundraising ensures another successful year of Bikes Not Bombs' youth and international work.

Photo by Jennifer Uhrhane detailphoto

About the Festival

Celebrating its 5th year of fun and awareness, the Green Roots Festival has become a staple of sharing ideas to make our neighborhoods and the world a better place. The Green Roots Festival is an outdoor celebration with food, live music, exhibitors, vendors, and interactive children's activities, put on by Bikes Not Bombs! The Festival takes place in the park adjacent to the Stony Brook T Station in Jamaica Plain. Each year we continue to grow and expand with a diverse selection of exhibitors and interactive activities. We welcome everyone to enjoy an afternoon in the park!

Kids Activities!

Cardboard slides on a giant hill, face-painting, kids' drumming, and more! (all activities are free)



Each year a variety of local restaurants bring their tastes out to the grassy park to serve festival-goers. This year enjoy Mexican food from Amelia's Catering including excellent guacamole and cornmeal empanadas, veggie wraps from the Purple Carrot, baked good treats and lemonade from ULA Cafe, and all-fruit frozen treat from the Culinary Cruisers' popsicle tricycle! (Also note Culinary Cruisers is hiring.)

Exhibitors & Vendors!

We welcome and encourage applications from groups focusing on active efforts to improve sustainability, social justice, and community and local support here and around the world.  The Green Roots Festival offers an opportunity to make connections with the public and other organizations/groups/business, share your ideas and missions, and recruit help for your activities.  Each year, the Festival opens up to several thousands of attendees during the course of the day.  Space is limited, so apply early!

To apply, fill out the Online Form for Exhibitors & Vendors.
OR, download the Form as a pdf to print and mail.

Contact Exhibitor Coordinators Thao Tran or Eric Supil at festival(at), or call 617-522-0222 x108.

Some of last year's exhibitors were:
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop
  • Boston Building Resources
  • Boston Climate Action Network
  • Boston Cyclists Union
  • Boston Workers Alliance
  • City Life/Vida Urbana
  • Columbia Vive
  • Corporate Accountability International
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition/ Dotbike
  • Dorchester People for Peace
  • Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
  • Fund Our Futures
  • Green Grease Monkey
  • Greenpeace
  • Groovy Green Bean
  • Harvest Co-op Markets
  • Hostels International-New England
  • Hospitality Homes
  • Livable Streets Alliance
  • Living Structures
  • Lucy Parsons Center
  • Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
  • Massachusetts Peace Action
  • Migrant Winds Prints
  • New Generation Energy
  • Next Step Builders
  • Progressive Asset Management
  • Red Sun Press
  • Relay Rides
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center - SJPHC
  • Socializing for Justice
  • Sugarlabs Treehouse
  • Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy
  • The Community Spoke!
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Worchester Roots Project/Toxic Soil Busters
  • and more!


We are now collecting a variety of exciting prizes for festival-goers to win! Donations are tax deductible, and will get you publicity as a sponsor of the event. Contact Allie Hunter at 617-522-0222 x106 or allie(at) to donate a raffle prize or to see our sponsorship levels for cash donations.



Event sponsors