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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Here Comes Honk!

Going Out This Weekend
by Julie Stoller

HONK! Festival 2011
Festival of Activist Street Bands
(all events public - most are free)
Running through Oct 3, 2011

This is a Rain or Shine Event!



I had the great pleasure last year, out for an evening’s stroll around Davis Square, to run quite accidentally into the HONK! Festival. This was not your standard high school marching band fare. First it was a wild avant-garde cacophony of horns blaring from a street corner with a big crowd gathered around. Then a Klezmer-esque outfit further on down the road. And if that weren’t enough, a colorful, totally wacked-out parade squawked by. Nothing says “party” quite like the HONK! Festival.




This year, the festivities kick off with a HONK! Revue at Johnny D’s on Friday night (for a nominal fee). Then there’s free music – and lots of it – all day Saturday and Sunday, in Davis and Harvard Squares. It finishes off with a HONK! Cruise around the Harbor (at $10 a ticket, also a bargain).

The theme for this year’s parade is “SHARE,” sharing the road, sharing our skills, our resources, our upbeat HONK! spirit. The parade will feature HONK! bands as well as the Bread and Puppet Theater, the impromptu “community band,” and many local arts and




Sat Oct 1
12 noon – Opening ceremonies, Seven Hills Park, Davis Square
1-9pm – bands perform for free in locations around Davis Square

Sun Oct 2
12 noon – Parade to Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet
2-6pm – Bands perform for free at Harvard Square Oktoberfest
8-11:30pm – HONK! On the Water aboard the harbor ship Provincetown II

Mon Oct 3
10am-2pm – HONK! And Education Symposium:
Share the Knowledge, Gutman Library, Harvard University

HONK! In the Neighborhoods
(Bands perform at five Boston-area Boys and Girls Clubs)

ALL DAYS/EVENTS are RAIN OR SHINE

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