Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 7:00p -
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 6:00p
Seven Hills Park (and other locations)
Somerville, MA 02144
Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Music, Nightlife, Party, Social Good
HONK! is an annual gathering of radical activist street bands that converges in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.
Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is emerging. Acoustic and mobile, borrowing repertoire and inspiration from a diverse set of folk music traditions – New Orleans second line brass bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival– these “honkers” all share a commitment to several core principles. Metaphorically speaking, they honk their horns for the same reasons motorists honk theirs: to arouse fellow travelers, to warn of danger, to celebrate milestones, and to just plain have fun.
Schedule of events
Thursday, October 9: pre HONK!
7 – midnight, Union Square and Aeronaut Brewing Company.
Come preHONK! with us! 7-10PM in Union Sq Plaza and 9PM-midnight at Aeronaut Brewing Company.
Friday, October 10: Day of Action
3-4:30pm, starting from Downtown Crossing
Bands and political organizations team up for a day of action downtown.
Lantern Making Workshops
4-6pm at Hodgkins Park near Davis Square
Kids, parents, neighbors, and friends are all invited to make homemade, DIY lanterns in preparation for the evening Lantern Parades around Davis Square.
7:30-9pm, leaving from Hodgkins Park
Sidewalk processions around Davis Square accompanied by bike lights, paper lanterns, flashlights, and other forms of DIY lighting.
HONK! at Johnny D’s
8PM-12:45am at Johnny D’s
Come hear some of your fellow HONK! musicians, featuring Les Muses Tanguent, Pakava It, and others perform at Johnny D’s Night Club after the lantern parades. 17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
Saturday, October 11: HONK! in Davis Square
12:30-9pm all around Davis Square
More than 20 activist street bands from around the world perform all day, outdoors, for free at venues around Davis Square. Opening ceremony starts at 12:30pm in 7 Hills Park
Sunday, October 12: Parade & Oktoberfest
The HONK! Parade
12-2pm down Mass. Ave. from Davis Square to Harvard to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet” featuring HONK! bands and community groups, from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest celebration. The parade leaves Davis Square at 12 noon, travels down Elm Street, then Beech Street onto Massachusetts Ave to Harvard Square.
Harvard Square Oktoberfest & All Band Concert
2–6pm all around Harvard Square
The all band concert will be held on the Main Stage of Harvard’s Oktoberfest. In addition, some bands will play sets on smaller stages around Harvard Square throughout the afternoon.
The HONK! Festival/Harvard Square Oktoberfest is a finalist for The Boston Calendar 2014 Best Of Awards
in the category of Best Street Festival.