The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the return of the 37th Annual Oktoberfest and legendary HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 11th, 2015. Attended by over 200,000 people, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest features food from all over the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, free samples, sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts. In addition Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest boasts five beer gardens hosted by: Alden and Harlow, Charlie’s Kitchen, FiRE + iCE. Grafton Street and Night Market.
This annual celebration of fall features six stages of live music, including a Passim stage, a rock stage, and on the main stage, an all-HONK! Review! Dancing in the streets is encouraged!
The highlight of the festival is the HONK! Parade which arrives in the Square at approximately 1pm. In its tenth year, the HONK! movement has become a global phenomenon. HONK! bands from around the country will march from Davis to Harvard. Spectators will be treated to a horn-tooting, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, mind-blowing spectacle and are welcomed to join the back of the parade and make their way to Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest in Harvard Square was started 1978 by the late Frank Cardullo, a Square mover, shaker and owner of the renowned Wursthaus, which served up traditional German food from 1917 until it closed in 1996. The early festivals were in keeping with the old world customs. Over the years, however, the festival has taken on a most discerningly Cambridge vibe to become an Oktoberfest unlike any other.