Pre-HONK! Brass Blowout

October 4, 2018

7 – 10 pm

Union Square (map)

Sommerville, MA

The greatest music festival in the world, Somerville’s own HONK!, is here once more. Join us for the officially unofficial pre-party featuring some long time favorites of the HONK! street band scene, and some very special guests – Unidos do Swing, all the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil! We will be playing outside in Union Square in front of Brass Union.


7:00: Environmental Encroachment

7:30: Dirty Water Brass Band

8:00: The Party Band

8:30: Minor Mishap Marching Band

9:00: Unidos do Swing

9:30: Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band


October 5 -7, 2018

Davis Square

Sommerville, MA

The festival kicks off its 12th year with a Lantern Parade on Friday, a giant music and dance party on Saturday, and, on Sunday, a spectacular parade along Massachusetts Avenue from Davis Square to Harvard Square.  There will be bands playing in the nooks and crannies around Davis Square all weekend and around Harvard Square on Sunday.  Scroll down for details and schedules.  More information about HONK! can be found here.

Lantern Workshops and Parades

Friday, October 5, 2018

Workshops 4 – 6 pm

Parade 7 pm

Hodgkins Park (map)

We’re very excited to be bringing back Friday night lantern parades for the sixth year! Teaming up with The Puppet Free Library, Parts & Crafts, and Spontaneous Celebrations to host light and lantern-making workshops with kids and adults! We’ll mix the nighttime sounds of HONK! with homemade lanterns, blinking bike lights, and the warm welcome of neighbors watching from their front porches around Hodgkins Park.

Come from 4:00 – 6:00pm to make your lantern, then gather at 6:30pm before the parades depart from the park at 7:00pm!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Opening Ceremony and Music Festival

12:00 – 9:00 pm

Davis Square

Minor Mishap sets:

4pm Statue Park

7 pm Davis Square Plaza

Full Saturday schedule and maps here.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

12:00 – 2:00 pm Parade

Davis Square to Harvard Square

More parade information here.

Oktoberfest All-Band Concert and Sets

2:00 – 6:00 pm 

Harvard Square

3:00 pm Minor Mishap at Eliot Triangle

Full Sunday schedule and locations can be found here.