Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Music, Nightlife, Party, Social Good
The 18th HONK! We are delighted to announce that the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands will return October 6-8, 2023.
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 18th year, the festival kicks off with a lantern parade in Davis Square neighborhoods and a band showcase. Then than 25 bands take over Davis Square for a giant music and dance party. 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.