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The 35th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade comes to Harvard Square to Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet

 Sunday, October 13th, 2013 from noon to 6:00pm (rain date, Monday, October 14th, 2013)



8th Annual HONK! Parade featuring 24 outrageous and energetic marching bands, hailing from 12 states and 3 countries!

6 stages of musical entertainment – country, rock, folk, pop, world, Latin and more – something for everyone!

50+ food vendors selling delectable festival fare and authentic international cuisine!

1 hot air balloon in Cambridge Common providing panoramic views of the festival and Cambridge!

150+ stalls of unique crafts, vintage items, artwork and one-of-a-kind gifts!

4 festive beer gardens hosted by Grafton Street, FiRE +iCE, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, and Charlie’s Kitchen.

6 hours of merriment and dancing in the streets!

And, most importantly… 200,000+ happy attendees!


Oktoberfest is synonymous with music and this year will prove to be no different.  Beginning at 2pm, immediately after the HONK! parade, our HONK! bands will take over the main stage in the super crosswalk for an afternoon of nonstop brass entertainment.  Bands include: Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Sax Orchestra, Expandable, Riverhawk Party Band, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Young Fellaz, Trombone Choir, Leftist Marching Band, Hungry March Band, Perhaps Contraption, What Cheer? Brigade, Bread and Puppet Circus Band, Dirty Water Brass Band, Gora Gora, Brass Balagan, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Forward!, Dja Rara, Brass Messengers, Detroit Party Marching Band, Os Siderais, and Environmental Encroachment. 


Shhh!  At the beginning of Oktoberfest  at noon, a special surprise duo that has been making waves across the country will be performing on the main stage in the super crosswalk.  We can’t say who they are, but we can say that they are not to be missed! 



The Church Street stage will be featuring some fantastic local talent that run the gamut from country to Latin and from rock to world music.  Make sure you check out these ecletic artists hand chosen to perform at Oktoberfest.

12pm – Ula Ruth

1pm – The Rare Occasions

2pm – Santa Mamba

3pm – Tom Glynn

4pm  - Zili Misik

5pm – Echo and Drake

The Passim stage, at the intersection of Church and Brattle Streets will showcase some of the area’s most sought after folk artists.

12pm - Forrest O'Connor

1pm - The Blue Ribbons

2pm - Wishbone Zoƫ

3pm - The Suitcase Junket

4pm - The Dwells

5pm - Cahill 


After performing on the main stage in the Super Cross Walk, the HONK! Bands infiltrate Oktoberfest at the followings areas:

Elliot Triangle

2:15pm – Dirty Water Brass Band

2:45pm – Bread and Puppet Circus Band

3:15pm – DJA – Rara

3:35pm – Brass Messengers

4:30pm – Young Fellaz Brass Band

5:15pm – Perhaps Contraption

Palmer Street

2:15pm – Forward!

2:45pm – Brass Balagan

3:15pm – Detroit Party Marching Band

3:45pm – Environmental Encroachment

4:30pm – River hawk Party Band

5:15pm – Minor Mishap Marching Band

Charlie’s Kitchen

2:15pm – Extraordinary Rendition Band

2:45pm – Gora

3:15pm – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

3:45pm – So Sideways

4:30pm – Expandable Brass Band

5:15pm – What Cheer? Brigade


And there’s more!  Join us at noon at the corner of Mt. Auburn and JFK Streets for Dread Rocks, a lively and energetic reggae band that always gets the party started.

Still looking for something to do after Oktoberfest?  Come to Grendel’s Den at 7pm for a raucous keg tapping, beer drinking songs, and lederhosen.  Bavarian food and beer served on October 13th from 11:30am until closing.  Brunch is served from 11:30am until 3pm.  Seating is first come, first served, no reservations. - 89 Winthrop Street 617-491-1050

Oktoberfest 2013 partners include:

Ford CMAX Energi, Eastern Bank, Newbury Comics, Enterprise Car Share, Charlie’s Kitchen, Grafton Street, ZipCar, Silver Leaf Resorts, Honest Tea, Power Home Remodeling Group, Irving House, Harding House, Spaten, FiRE + iCE, Sam Adams, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, RE/MAX Destiny, NEWPRO, ING Financial Services, Polar, Verizon, Sports Authority, Passim,  Yelp, Radio 92.9, and Harpoon.

Oktoberfest is FREE and open to the public.  Rain date:  Monday, October 14th




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Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tel: (617) 491-3434
Fax: (617) 491-6976

Denise Jillson, Executive Director
William Manley, Marketing and Events Manager
Natalie Damaso, Administration and Communications Manager


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