Friday, Oct 09, 2015 12:00p -
Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 6:00p
Somerville, MA 02144
Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Music, Nightlife, Party, Social Good
An awesome annual 3-day free festival bringing brass bands from all over the United States and the world to Somerville for a celebration of music, community and activism. Organized entirely by volunteers and now in its 10th year, the festival kicks off on Friday night with a lantern parade in Davis Square neighborhoods and a band showcase at Johnny D’s. On Saturday more than 25 bands take over Davis Square for a giant music and dance party. On Sunday, local community groups, artists, and activists working for a variety of progressive causes — economic justice, protecting the environment, world peace, an end to racism — join the brass bands to make a spectacular parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square along Mass Avenue. Other HONK! Fest activities include a Day of Action, when bands convene to play on behalf of a cause, and roundtable discussions for participating musicians and organizers of other HONK! festivals around the country to gather and share experiences. HONK! in Somerville has inspired festivals near – Providence, Brooklyn, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and far – Australia and Brazil.
We are still finalizing our roster and schedule for this year’s festival. We are so excited to celebrate ten years of Honk! in Somerville!
Thursday , October 8th
Come preHONK! with us in Union Sq Plaza.
Friday , October 9th
HONK! in the Neighborhoods
Bands visit schools and community groups for educational workshops around the city.
Day of Action
Bands and political organizations team up for a day of action downtown.
Lantern Making Workshops
Kids, parents, neighbors, and friends are all invited to make homemade, DIY lanterns in preparation for the evening Lantern Parades around Davis Square.
Sidewalk processions around Davis Square accompanied by bike lights, paper lanterns, flashlights, and other forms of DIY lighting.
HONK! at Johnny D’s
Come hear some of your fellow HONK! musicians perform at Johnny D’s Night Club after the lantern parades. 17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
Saturday , Oct 10th
HONK! in Davis Square
More than 20 activist street bands from around the world perform all day, outdoors, for free at venues around Davis Square.
Sunday , Oct 11th
The HONK! Parade
Parade from Davis Square down Mass Ave to Harvard Square to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet”, featuring HONK! bands and community groups, from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest celebration.
Harvard Square Oktoberfest & All Band Concert
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.