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



free and open to the public
Harvard Square Business Association
Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138