Friday, October 5, 2018 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

Oktoberfest Weekend in Harvard Square

Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 7th


The 40th Annual Oktoberfest &

13th Annual HONK! Parade

October 7th, 12-6pm 

(Rain date: Sunday, October 14th) 

The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the return of the 40th Annual Oktoberfest and slightly irrepressible and fabulously madcap 13th Annual HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 7th, 2018.  Come be a part of this unique, irreverent and family friendly annual tradition where musicians and spectators “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet”! 

Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest features food from all over the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, free samples, sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts. In addition, Oktoberfest boasts five beer gardens hosted by Alden & Harlow, Charlie’s Kitchen, El Jefe’s Taqueria, The Hourly Oyster House and The Sinclair.

This annual celebration of fall features live music, including a Passim stage and an all-HONK! Review on four different stages! Dancing in the streets is encouraged!

One of the highlights of the festival is the HONK! Parade which arrives in the Square at approximately 1pm. In its 13th year, the HONK! movement has become a global phenomenon. This year, 27 HONK! bands from around the country will march from Davis Square to Harvard Square. 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 in Harvard Square was started in 1978 by the late Frank Cardullo, a Square mover, shaker and owner of the renowned Wurtshaus, which served up traditional German food from 1917 until it closed in 1996.  The early festivals were in keeping with old world customs.  Over the years, the festival has taken on a more discerningly Cambridge vibe to become an Oktoberfest unlike any other.DSC_4357_1.JPG

Main Stage Schedule (in the Super Cross Walk in front of Out of Town News)

12pm – 12:40pm – The Boston Opera Guy

12:45pm – A special performance by Saint Paul’s Choir

1pm –  The 13th Annual HONK! Parade

2pm –  6pm – All HONK! Review  – a full schedule below


2:00pm Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band

2:08pm Band Land Brass Band

2:16pm Red Flame Hunters

2:24pm The Party Band

2:32pm Rise Up! Action Band

2:40pm Extraordinary Rendition Band

2:48pm The Bread & Puppet Circus Band

2:56pm Plezi Rara

3:04pm Artesian Rumble Arkestra

3:12pm What Cheer? Brigade

3:20pm Cambridge Artist Coalition

3:24pm Detroit Party Marching Band

3:32pm Unlawful Assembly

3:40pm Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

3:48pm Forward! Marching Band

3:56pm Musicians Action Group (MAG)

4:04pm The Brass Balagan

4:12pm Leftist Marching Band

4:20pm Environmental Encroachment

4:28pm Dirty Water Brass Band

4:36pm New Creations Brass Band

4:44pm (activist group 2)

4:48pm Rude Mechanical Orchestra

5:00 Trombone Choir

5:08 Minor Mishap Marching Band

5:16 Carnival Band

5:24 Rara Bel Poze

5:32 Unidos do Swing

5:50 School of Honk


Church Street –  HONK! Stage

2:00pm Environmental Encroachment

2:30pm Rara Bel Poze

3:00pm School of HONK

3:30pm The Carnival Band

4:00pm Artesian Rumble Arkestra

4:30pm Forward! Marching Band

5:00pm Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band

5:30pm New Creations Brass Band

Charlie’s Kitchen  – HONK! Stage

2:00pm Unlawful Assembly

2:30pm Band Land Brass Band

3:00pm Musicians Action Group (MAG)

3:30pm The Bread & Puppet Circus Band

4:00pm Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

4:30pm Rise Up! Action Band

5:00pm Plezi Rara

5:30pm What Cheer? Brigade

Eliot Triangle – HONK! Stage

2:00pm The Brass Balagan

2:30pm Dirty Water Brass Band

3:00pm Minor Mishap Marching Band

3:30pm Red Flame Hunters

4:00pm Extraordinary Rendition Band

4:40pm Detroit Party Marching Band

5:20pm The Party Band


Passim Stage (at the intersection of Brattle & Church Streets)

12:00pm Erin Bonnie & the Black Caps  erinbonniemusic.com/

1:00pm   Ian Fitzgerald  ianfitzgerald.com/

2:00pm   Moscow Apartment  moscowapartment.ca/

3:00pm  Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples  lisabastoni.com/

4:00pm  Dietrich Strause  dietrichstrause.com/

5:00pm  Corey Laitman  coreysong.bandcamp.com/

El Jefe’s Taqueria Beer Garden Stage (at the intersection of JFK & Mt. Auburn Streets)

2:00pm – 5:00pm Dread Rocks dreadrocksreggae.com

(please note that times and artists are subject to change)

Grendel’s Den Oktoberfest After Party

Grendel’s Den will feature a German themed food and beer menu all day during Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest Street Fair. We dress up in traditional Bavarian outfits, listen to our Munich themed playlist and offer a variety of German beer and food. If you’re looking for something to do after the fair, join us at the Oktoberfest After Party at 7pm for our 16th Annual Ceremonial  Keg Tapping and Toast, beer drinking songs, and lederhosen.  Seating is first come, first served, no cover, no reservations. Open 11:30 AM til 1 AM.

Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop Street, (617) 491-1160 grendelsden.com

Oktoberfest 2018 partners include:

Alden & HarlowAnheuser BuschCapital One CaféCharlie’s KitchenDunkin DonutsEl Jefe’s TaqueriaGEICOThe Hourly Oyster HouseIrving HouseJack’s AbbyLASIK Vision InstituteLyftNewproRMS MortgageThe Sinclair,  StarryTechniartT-MobileYasso and Zambrero

But that’s not all!  Harvard Square businesses will be hosting concerts, book readings, gallery exhibitions and so much more all weekend.

October 5th

Indigenous Peoples Day Cambridge Concert – Frank Waln

Winthrop Park, 7pm 

Cultural Survival and the Harvard Square Business Association present Frank Waln in Concert.  Frank is an award-winning Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer and audio engineer from the Rosebud Raz in South Dakota.  His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation 2018 National Artist Fellowship for Artistic Innovation.  He has been featured in The Fader, Vibe, NPR, Paper Magazine, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music.  Frank Waln travels the world sharing his story through music and presentations focusing on healing and reconnecting to our roots. 



October 5th

Free Admission Day for Lawrence S. Bacow Inaugration at Harvard Art Museums

10am – 5pm

Harvard Art Museums are offering free admission on October 5, in celebration of the inauguration of Lawrence S. Bacow, Harvard’s 29th president.

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, (617) 495-9400, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/harvard-art-museums

October 5th

Daniel J. Hopkins Book Reading:  The Increasingly United States:  How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized

Harvard Book Store, 3:00pm

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes DANIEL J. HOPKINS—a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania—for a discussion of his latest book The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized. In a campaign for state or local office these days, you’re as likely today to hear accusations that an opponent advanced Obamacare or supported Donald Trump as you are to hear about issues affecting the state or local community. This is because American political behavior has become substantially more nationalized. American voters are far more engaged with and knowledgeable about what’s happening in Washington, DC, than in similar messages whether they are in the South, the Northeast, or the Midwest. Gone are the days when all politics was local.

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 661-1515, harvardsquare.com/harvard-book-store

October 5th

James Miller Book Reading:  Can Democracy Work?  A Short History of a Radical Idea, From Ancient Athens to Our World

Harvard Book Store, 7pm

This event includes a book signing

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author and politics professor JAMES MILLER for a discussion of his latest book, Can Democracy Work?: A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World. Today, democracy is the world’s only broadly accepted political system, and yet it has become synonymous with disappointment and crisis. How did it come to this? In Can Democracy Work?, James Miller, the author of the classic history of 1960s protest Democracy Is in the Streets, offers a lively, surprising, and urgent history of the democratic idea from its first stirrings to the present. As he shows, democracy has always been rife with inner tensions. The ancient Greeks preferred to choose leaders by lottery and regarded elections as inherently corrupt and undemocratic. The French revolutionaries sought to incarnate the popular will, but many of them came to see the people as the enemy. And in the United States, the franchise would be extended to some even as it was taken from others. Amid the wars and revolutions of the twentieth century, communists, liberals, and nationalists all sought to claim the ideals of democracy for themselves―even as they manifestly failed to realize them.

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 661-1515, harvardsquare.com/harvard-book-store

October 5th

The George Burton Quintet

8pm & 10pm, Scullers

For more than a decade, the young pianist, composer and bandleader George Burton has been on the radar of everyone who keeps up with innovations in jazz. Praised as “formidable” by NPR, and “charismatic” by The New York Times, Burton’s dazzling virtuosity and breathtakingly eclectic approach to music reflect his experience in every aspect of the jazz spectrum: beginning with rigorous classical training, branching into his equally rigorous experience in the heady nightlife of the Philadelphia jazz scene, and earning him a place on the world stage with some of the most significant practitioners of bop, post-bop and beyond—from James Carter to Meshell Ndegecello to the Sun Ra Arkestra—and has landed him on some of the most prestigious of stages with his own groups as a leader, including the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival.

Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, (617) 562-4111, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/scullers-jazz-club-doubletree-suites-hilton-hotel-boston

October 5th

Pierre Hurel CD Release Special Solo Concert

Regattabar, 7:30pm

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “the extraordinary-local-but-Paris-born pianist”, Pierre Hurel returns to the Regattabar for a rare solo concert and a CD release party for his latest solo album. Hurel appears frequently at the Regattabar, and this past April, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first performance at the venue with the Pierre Hurel Trio. For this special solo performance, Hurel will be sharing Jazz standards, some of his latest compositions, along with some improvisations, which reflect both his classical and Jazz influences.  Born in Paris, pianist and composer Pierre Hurel was first discovered by Paris Jazz Conservatory’s founder and director Charles Henry. At age 20, as he was about to reluctantly start a career in business, Hurel decided to change course and enrolled at the School of Modern Music in Paris. Six months later, he came to Boston for a summer session at the Berklee College of Music and has remained here ever since.

Regattabar, One Bennett Street, (617) 395-7757, harvardsquare.com/regattabar

October 5th

Troubled Times and Hope – Horszowski Trio

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 8pm

Music is provocative, and therefore often censored. In this concert, the Horszowski Trio, Longy’s Artists-in-Residence, celebrate the legacy of composers like Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and Handel, who created revolutionary masterworks despite—or in spite of—regime.

Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, (617) 876-0956, harvardsquare.com/services/longy-school-music-bard-college

October 5th

Eric Hutchinson & The Believers

The Sinclair; 8:30pm

Please note: this show is 18+ with valid ID.  Patrons under 18 admitted if accompanied by a parent.  Opening acts and set times are subject to change without notice.  All sales are final unless a show is postponed or canceled.  All bags larger than 12 inches x 12 inches, backpacks, professional cameras, video equipment, large bags, luggage and like articles are strictly prohibited from the venue.  Please make sure necessary arrangements are made ahead of time.  All patrons subject to search upon venue entry.

The Sinclair, 53 Church Street, 617-547-5200, harvardsquare.com/sinclair

October 5th

Yo Soy Lola – The Latina Narrative:  Reclaimed


The highly celebrated Yo Soy LOLA brings you another thought-provoking multimedia experience showcasing Latinas in the arts via spoken word, acting, dance, music, film, and more. Come be part of the Yo Soy LOLA world that transforms around you, and then stay for the Latin dancing that continues into the night after the show.  As if you needed another reason to attend, net proceeds fund scholarships for Latinx youth pursuing higher education in the arts with goals that directly impact their communities. Yo Soy LOLA‘s mission is to raise awareness of the multi-dimensional Latina experience and to build a platform that unites Latinas to tell our stories, change our narrative, and give back to our communities.

OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, (617) 496-8004, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/oberon

October 5th

Pamela Means in Concert

Passim, 8pm

A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Pamela Means’s multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “# 1 Most Wanted New Artist,” “Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year,” “Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year,” and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004’s “Outmusic Outstanding New Recording.” Pamela Means was twice voted “Best Acoustic Act” of the year in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI; and after setting up shop in the bustling ‘burbs of Boston, Mass., Pamela was nominated for an “Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist” Boston Music Award. Means’s latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her “one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today.”

Passim, 47 Palmer Street, (617) 492-7679, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/passim

October 5th & 6th

The Seventh Seal

Brattle Theatre, 5pm and 7:15pm


Double Features: Screens Friday with BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY (9:30), and Saturday with THE VIRGIN SPRING (3:15, 7:30)

(1957) dir Ingmar Bergman w/Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot [96 min; Fri on 35mm/Sat on DCP]

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, and parodied, but never outdone, Bergman’s stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning, THE SEVENTH SEAL, was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America’s 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema’s boundaries and ushering in a new era of movie going.

Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, 617-876-6837harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/brattle-theatre

October 6th


October 6th

Free Admission Day: Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World at Harvard Art Museums

10am – 5pm

We’re offering free admission on first Saturdays from October through January in celebration of the Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition.

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, (617) 495-9400, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/harvard-art-museums

October 6th

Lucy Wainwright Roche

Passim, 8pm

Singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (the Roches) and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, was born and raised in New York City.  Wainwright Roche spent her formative years traveling with and amongst her large musical family. After high school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, earned a Master’s degree in education at Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan, and eventually began teaching second and third grade. In 2005 and 2006, she joined brother Rufus on tour to sing backup, and by 2007 had ditched the classroom for good and released an eight song, debut CD. Tours followed with the likes of Dar Williams, Neko Case, and Amos Lee, and critics began mentioning her in the same breath as Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin. Wainwright Roche’s first, full-length recording, Lucy, arrived in 2010.

Passim, 47 Palmer Street, (617) 492-7679, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/passim

October 6th

T.S. Monk

Scullers,  8pm & 10pm

After earning a reputation in school as a rabble-rouser, and graduating, the young Monk joined his father’s trio and toured with his dad until the elder Monk’s retirement in 1975. T. S. then launched into the music that had captivated him and his generation, R&B. He first toured with a group called Natural Essence and afterward, with his sister Barbara, formed his own band with which he had hits on two recordings, House Of Music and More Of The Good Life, where he played drums, arranged, and sang.

T. S. received the New York Jazz Awards First Annual “Recording of the Year” and ‘Downbeat’s’ prestigious 63rd Reader’s Poll Award for Monk On Monk, the “80th Anniversary Birthday Tribute to Thelonious Sphere Monk” featuring twenty guest artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, Howard Johnson, among others perform on the recording. Critics and the public lauded T. S. Monk as his father’s true musical heir, as bandleader, and performer. Rave reviews in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the L.A. Times, and others, echoed the public sentiment of the sold out concert hall shows across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, (617) 562-4111, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/scullers-jazz-club-doubletree-suites-hilton-hotel-boston

October 6th & 7th

Samora Pinderhughes

OBERON, 10/06  7pm; 10/07  8pm

Continuing in the tradition of artists like Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Tupac Shakur, Samora Pinderhughes’ The Transformations Suite (DownBeat magazine’s Top 10 Album of 2017) paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond. Moving through five sections—Transformation, History, Cycles, Momentum (parts 1 and 2), and Ascension—the suite connects contemporary issues such as the prison industrial complex and the Black Lives Matter movement with the history of revolutionary movements of color as it builds a bridge between the past and the future. Lyrics are drawn from original poems by actor and poet Jeremie Harris, as well as Pinderhughes, Saul Williams, and Tupac Shakur.

The Transformations Suite has been performed throughout South America and the U.S. at venues including the American Museum of Natural History, the Harlem Arts Festival, The Juilliard School, UC Irvine, New York University, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Gallery, MoMA, and Columbia University. It was featured as part of Blackout for Human Rights’ #MLKNow event which was viewed by over 500,000 people and trended #1 on Twitter.

OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, (617) 496-8004, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/oberon

October 7th

Maeve Gilchrist & Keith Murphy

Passim, 8pm

Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance.  Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting.

A native of Newfoundland, Keith’s traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Quebec as well as his current home, Vermont. His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs.

Passim, 47 Palmer Street, (617) 492-7679, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/passim

October 7th

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship

The Sinclair, 1pm

Sun, October 07, 2018 | Doors 12:00 PM, Show: 01:00 PM

All Ages

Please note: This show is open to all ages. Children UNDER 1 are free and do not require a ticket. Opening acts and set times are subject to change without notice.  All sales are final unless a show is postponed or canceled.  All bags larger than 12 inches x 12 inches, backpacks, professional cameras, video equipment, large bags, luggage and like articles are strictly prohibited from the venue.  Please make sure necessary arrangements are made ahead of time.  All patrons subject to search upon venue entry.

The Sinclair, 53 Church Street, 617-547-5200, harvardsquare.com/sinclair

For more information about Oktoberfest and other events in Harvard Square, please visit harvardsquare.com.