See you TOMORROW, Sunday the 9th! The 38th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade in Harvard Square!

Sunday, October 9, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm



The 38th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade in Harvard Square!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016 from noon to 6pm

The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the return of the 38th Annual Oktoberfest and slightly irrepressible and fabulously madcap HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.  Attended by over 200,000 people, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest  features food from all 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, Grafton Street, John Harvard’s Brew House, and The Sinclair.


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!


The highlight of the festival is the HONK! Parade which arrives in the Square at approximately 1pm.  In its 11th year, the HONK! movement has become a global phenomenon.  HONK! bands from around the country and from as far away as France and Montreal will march from Davis Square 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 in Harvard Square was started in 1978 by the late Frank Cardullo, a Square mover, 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, the festival has taken on a more discerningly Cambridge vibe to become an Oktoberfest unlike any other.



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

12pm – Dread Rocks
1pm – The 11th Annual HONK! Parade
2pm – 6pm – All HONK! Review – a full schedule below

2pm -  Forward! Marching Band

2:08pm -  Extraordinary Rendition Band

2:16pm -  Hartford Hot Several  

2:24pm -  Environmental Encroachment               

2:32pm -  Yes Ma’am Brass Band

2:40pm – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band 

2:48pm - The Party Band

2:56pm -  Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society

3:04pm – Pinettes Brass Band   

3:12pm -  Brass Messengers

3:20pm -  Caka!ak Thunder         

3:28pm - What Cheer? Brigade

3:36pm - Chaotique       

3:44pm - The Bread and Puppet Circus Band

3:52pm – Detroit Party Marching Band  DPMB   

4:00pm -  Expandable Brass Band

4:08pm -  Mayday Marching Band

4:16pm -  Dirty Water Brass Band             

4:24pm -   Le Pompier Poney Club

4:32pm – Rude Mechanical Orchestra

4:40pm – Afro-Brazil      

4:48pm -  Boycott            

4:56pm - The Brass Balagan        

5:05pm -  Fanfare Invisible

5:12pm -  Leftist Marching Band               

5:20pm - Trombone Choir           

5:28pm - School of HONK


The Sinclair Church Street Stage Schedule

12pm  - Annabelle Lord-Patey -

1pm  -   Mill Pond Falls

2pm  -  Cask Mouse -

3pm -  Jake McKelvie & The Countertops

4pm  -  Raddclyff Hall

5pm  -  Jesse Dee


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

12pm – Sean Trischka

1pm – Lloyd Thayer with Jerome Dupree

2pm – The Brother Brothers

3pm -  Radi0Swan

4pm - Mark Kilianski

5pm - Svavar Knútur


Charlie’s Kitchen  - HONK! Stage

2:15pm – Brass Messengers

2:45pm – Expandable Brass Band

3:15pm  – Dirty Water Brass Band

3:45pm –  Yes Ma’am Brass Band

4:15pm –  Mayday Marching Band

4:45pm – Hartford Hot Several

5:15pm – Forward! Marching Band


Eliot Triangle – HONK! Stage

2:15pm – Le Pompier Poney Club

2:45pm – The Brass Balagan

3:15pm – Environmental Encroachment

3:45pm – Emperor Norton Stationary Marching Band

4:15pm – Caka!ak Thunder

4:45pm – The Party Band

5:15pm – What Cheer? Brigade


Palmer Street – HONK! Stage

2:15pm – The Bread and Puppet Circus Band

2:45pm – School of HONK

3:15pm – Boycott

3:45pm – Fanfare Invisible

4:15pm – Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society

4:45pm – Extraordinary Rendition Band

5:15pm – Detroit Party Marching Band



From 10:00AM to midnight, Beat Brasserie will transform into a Bavarian Beer Hall complete with community tables, German food, a live oompah band, lederhosen, dirndls and of course an amazing selection of German beers!  In honor of Oktoberfest, Beat’s kitchen will step away from their regular menu and feature only specialty German items including Bavarian sausages, roasts, sauerkraut, schnitzel, pretzels, strudel and more. During all the exciting outside festivities that the Harvard Square Oktoberfest has to offer (and well into the night hours), guests can take a break without missing out on any Oktoberfest fun by stopping in and enjoying an ice cold beer from Harpoon Brewery including its IPA, Octoberfest, UFO Pumpkin Ale and Sweet Spot German Kolsch. 
From 11:30AM to 6:00PM guests can enjoy traditional German drinking songs performed by Die Lustigen Musikanten des Heimatlandes aka The Mad Bavarian Brass Band. The Mad Bavarians will play a long list of authentic German Music from all over the Heimatland in addition to marches, polkas, sing-a-long tunes and beer songs. Don’t want to come by early? No problem, there will be more fun Oktoberfest music from 7:00PM to 11:00PM!
Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle Street, (617) 491-0001,


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 9th from 11:30am until closing.  Brunch is served from 11:30am until 3pm.  Seating is first come, first served, no reservations.
Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop Street, (617) 491-1160,


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Oktoberfest 2016 partners include:
Capital One Café, Alden & Harlow, Anheuser Busch, Arrow App, Boston Beer, Boston Globe, Boston Solar, Charlie’s Kitchen, Curate, Dunkin Donuts, Eastern Bank, Grafton Street Restaurant, Irving and Harding House, John Harvard’s Brew House, Krave, Lyft, Neighborhood Health Plan, Nesquik, Passim, Polar Beverages, Power Home Remodeling, Radio 92.9, Renewal by Andersen, Seaside Popcorn, Silver Leaf Resorts, SuperPedestrian, ACE Bakery, The Sinclair and Turkey Hill


Free and open to the public!