It’s Easy Being Green at the Boston GreenFest, Aug. 15-17

The Olate Dogs jumping rope
The Olate Dogs jumping rope

Recycling isn’t just for trash. Take the Olate Dogs. The 2012 America’s Got Talent winners got a new lease on life when Richard Olate rescued and trained them. They’re featured performers at the seventh edition of the Boston GreenFest.

The Olate Dogs performances are designed to help raise awareness of pet adoption, just one of many sustainability-oriented themes at the three-day event. As founder Karen L. Weber, puts it, “The vision for our multicultural environmental music festival is an opportunity to educate, entertain, and empower our community to make a greener, healthier city.’’

Since its inception in 2008, the event has continued to grow. “We are a grassroots effort,’’ says Weber. “As more people get involved, more elements are added.’’ That means longer hours for this year’s festival, 150+ eco-friendly vendors and exhibitors, forums, films, and more than 100 performers on four stages including Los Terapeutas del Ritmo from Peru. Festivalgoers are invited to stop by the Wine & Beer Garden to hydrate with sustainably produced drinks while enjoying the music.


Artistic attractions include a new installation by sculptor George Sabra, and a Sonic Forest created by Christopher Janney. You’re invited to drum on recycled plastic pails at Fireseed Arts’ bucket brigade, or stop by the Family Stage to participate in one of Bristol Recording Studios’ voice competitions.

Green tech and robotics are represented by several models of electric mainstream autos, a solar powered truck, the Transportation Tomorrow Today forum, a green entrepreneur small business forum, and interactive robotics demos. There’s also a health and wellness forum, local food emporium, the EcoKids Center, and an EcoFashion show.

The Boston GreenFest takes place at Boston City Hall Plaza this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17, from noon-5 p.m. Admission is free.

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