Harvard Square’s 36th Annual Oktoberfest!
The Harvard Square Business announces the 36th Annual Oktoberfest and legendary HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Annually attended by over 200,000 people, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest features food from all over the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Oktoberfest in Harvard Square was started 1978 by the late Frank Cardullo, a Square mover and 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.
In addition to food, music, dancing, children’s activities, street vendors, and lots of sampling, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest boasts five beer gardens hosted by Alden & Harlow, Charlie’s Kitchen, FiRE + iCE, Grafton Street and John Harvard’s Brew House. New this year will be an authentic beer hall inside of Beat Hotel. http://www.harvardsquare.com/oktoberfest-beer-hall-beat-hotel
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!
Main Stage Schedule (in the Super Cross Walk in front of Out of Town News):
12pm-12:45pm - Dread Rocks
1pm- 6pm - All HONK! Review A full schedule to be released soon.
Church Street Stage Schedule
12pm – Angry Toddlers http://www.youtube.com/user/joshtheguitarboy
1pm – Zac Mac Band www.zacmacband.com
2pm - Amy & the Engine www.amyandtheengine.com
3pm – American Beauties www.reverbnation.com/americanbeauties
4pm – Blue Light Bandits www.bluelightbandits.com
5pm – When Particles Collide www.whenparticlescollide.com
Passim Schedule (at the intersection of Brattle & Church Streets)
12pm – Jake Hill jakehillmusic.com
1pm – Ellie Buckland & Isa Burke www.facebook.com/ellieandisamusic.com
2pm – Winterpills www.winterpills.com
3pm - Dirk Hamilton www.dirkhamilton.com
4pm - Catherine MacLellan www.catherinemaclellan.com
5pm - Steve Poltz poltz.com
The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly, the HONK! Parade which arrives in the Square at approximately 1pm. In its ninth year, the HONK! movement has become a global phenomenon. This year, 27 Honk bands from around the country, as well as a Russian band and an all-girl band from Paris, 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 2014 partners include:
Alden & Harlow, Applegate, Charlie’s Kitchen, Dunkin Donuts, Eastern Bank, Emergens, FiRE + iCE, Geico, Grafton Street, Harding House, Honest Tea, Irving House, John Harvard’s Brew House, Nasoya Tofu, Newbury Comics, Passim, Powerhome Remodeling Group, Radio 92.9, Renewal by Andersen, Sam Adams, Silver Leaf Resorts, Spaten Oktoberfest, Yelp and ZipCar.
For full details about this event and other events in Harvard Square, please visit www.harvardsquare.com