Greening the Monterey Jazz Festival

Over the last decade, Monterey Jazz Festival has embarked on several initiatives to Green the event. We have partnered with ecologically-minded companies to reduce the carbon footprint of the festival, reduce waste through recycling; minimize the use of polystyrene/Styrofoam materials, and keep our planet clean.

Food Waste Diversion

Monterey Jazz Festival, in association with Blue Strike Environmental, have worked alongside the Fairgrounds maintenance crew and volunteers to divert thousands of pounds of food waste from back-of-house vendor and public eating areas during the Festival.

Water Stations, presented by the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Jazz Festival, in association with U.S. Pure Water, has implemented an impressive self-service filtered water program to eliminate the need for and the waste of single-use plastic bottles.The Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Monterey Jazz Festival and U.S. Pure Water are committed to a sustainable practice for water use, acting locally while thinking globally.

All attendees of the Monterey Jazz Festival will be provided free access to multiple USPW filtered water stations (using compostable coconut shell carbon) throughout the three-day festival. Participants are asked to assist in the success of this new program by refilling and re-using drinking containers, leading to a huge reduction in plastic bottle waste from the event. Water bottles will also available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting the Festival’s life-changing jazz education programs.

To learn more about the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s commitment to keeping our ocean’s plastic free, visit

Bike Valet Service

Beginning in 2008, the Monterey Jazz Festival introduced free Bicycle Valet Parking for those patrons who are able to commute to the Festival from local hotels and residences. Provided in partnership between Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey County Fair & Event Center,  Green Pedal Couriers & Friends, and Bicycling Monterey, the free Bicycle Valet Service is located at Fairgrounds Gate 3, on the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road, at the southwest end of the Festival grounds.

Green Pedal Couriers offers the most environmentally sound way to deliver court documents, medical office deliveries, posters, fliers, and more! Offering bicycle-powered delivery service to Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Salinas, Green Pedal strengthens the health of its individual riders and has a positive impact on public health by keeping the environment cleaner.

Bicycling Monterey is an information hub for Biking Monterey County, helping visitors and residents improve planetary and personal health while enjoying the ride! Bicycling helps reduce air, noise, and water pollution—including oil runoff into the Monterey Bay. Included on the Bicycling Monterey website are tips for biking or using a bike-and-ride option to reach the Monterey Jazz Festival, and tips about bike valet parking and more.