43rd Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade

Sunday, October 9, 2022

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

(Rain date: Sunday, October 16, 2022)

We are back! The Harvard Square Business Association is thrilled to announce the return of 43rd Annual and slightly irrepressible and fabulously crazy Oktoberfest 17e Annual HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 9e2022. Come be a part of this unique, irreverent, family-friendly annual tradition where musicians and spectators “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes, and feet”!

New this year: the Filipino American Festival and the Grolier Poetry Bookstore 95th Anniversary Festival!

Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest features food from around the world, arts, crafts, vintage items, free samples, sidewalk sales and unique giveaways. Additionally, Oktoberfest has beer gardens hosted by Alden & Harlow and Wusong Road and a first this year, a wine garden hosted by the Commonwealth Wine School.

This annual fall celebration features live music, including a Passim Stage and an all HONK! Revue on the main stage. Dancing in the streets is encouraged!

One of the highlights of the festival is the HONK! Parade which arrives on the Square around 1 p.m. In his 17e year, the HONK! movement has become a worldwide phenomenon. This year, more than 20 HONK! groups from across the country will march from Davis Square to Harvard Square. Spectators will be treated to a breathtaking spectacle of honking, hand clapping, foot stomping and everyone is invited to join the back of the parade and head out to Oktoberfest.

Traditionally held at our annual MayFair celebration, The Rotary Club of Cambridge’s ‘Chalk on the Walk’ art installation will transform Church Street into a colorful display of art and creativity.

Oktoberfest in Harvard Square was started in 1978 by the late Frank Cardullo, a mover, shaker and owner of the famous Wurtshaus, which served traditional German food from 1917 to 1996. The first festivals were in keeping with the customs of the Old World. Over the years, the festival has taken on a more discerning Cambridge vibe to become an Oktoberfest like no other.

Oktoberfest 2022 partners include:

Alden and Harlow, Commonwealth Wine School, HarborOne Bank, Harvard University Employees Credit Union, Irving House, Sheet Guard, Instant rice, Passive, Revival by Andersen, T-Mobile, TideSmartand Wusong Road.

Entertainment schedule

Main Stage Schedule
(located directly across from Harvard Square Kiosk)

11 a.m. Chica Fuego and the Gringos

Chica Fuego and the Gringos offers an irresistible and eclectic mix of American rock, folk and standards with an infusion of Latin influences and originals. Blending heavy hits from Latin and traditional American pop and string-laden Central and South American themes, they cover diverse artists such as Madonna, Dusty Springfield and Van Morrison.

12:00 p.m. Vibration check

Vibe Check is a local band made up of teenage multi-instrumentalists, songwriters and producers. Playing a repertoire of covers and rock/funk originals, they can often be found performing in Harvard Square to delighted audiences.

1:00 p.m. HORN! Parade

All HONK! Revue on the main stage.

2:00 p.m. Rude Mechanical Orchestra
2:12 p.m. Brass Band Undertown
2:24 pm Brass Band Dirty Water
2:36 p.m. Banda Rim Bam Bum
2:48 p.m. Yes on the 4th
2:54 p.m. Chelsea International Band
3:06 p.m. Brass Balagan
3:18 PM Extraordinary Render Tape
3:30 p.m. Fanfare Young Fellaz
3:42 p.m. Modification of the fair share
3:48 p.m. Left band
4:00 p.m. Rara Bel Pozé
4:12 p.m. Hartford Hot Several
4:24 p.m. The Jamaica Plain Honk Band
4:36 p.m. The Bread & Puppet Circus Band
4:48 p.m. Campaign of the poor
4:54 pm Emperor Norton’s stationary fanfare
5:06 p.m. Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band
5:18 p.m. The Party Group
5:30 p.m. HONK School

Eliot Triangle Stadium

2:00 p.m. Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band
2:30 p.m. HOOT pickup group
3:00 p.m. The Jamaica Plain Honk Band
3:30 p.m. Party group
4:00 pm Stationary Emperor Norton’s Fanfare
4:30 p.m. Chelsea International Band
5:00 p.m. Banda Rim Bam Bum
5:30 p.m. Banda Rim Bam Bum

Charlie’s kitchen scene

2:00 p.m. Brass Balagan
2:30 p.m. Extraordinary restitution group
3:00 p.m. Song of the campaign of the poor
3:30 p.m. The Bread & Puppet Circus Band
4:00 p.m. Dirty Water Marching Band
4:30 p.m. HONK School
5:00 p.m. Fanfare Young Fellaz
5:30 p.m. Fanfare Young Fellaz

Church Street Scene

2:00 p.m. Hartford Hot Several
2:30 p.m. Hartford Hot Several
3:00 p.m. Brass Band Undertown
3:30 p.m. Brass Band Undertown
4:00 p.m. Rude Mechanical Orchestra
4:30 p.m. Rude Mechanical Orchestra
5:00 p.m. Rara Bel Pozé
5:30 p.m. Rara Bel Poze

Passim Stadium
(at the intersection of Brattle and Church streets)

Sponsored by Irving House
11:00 Scottish fish
12:00 p.m. Xingona PhD
1:00 p.m. Colin McGovern
2:00 p.m. Kara McKee
15:00 Mercedes Escobar
4:00 p.m. Roman Barten Sherman
5:00 p.m. Anju

New this year! Filipino American Festival in honor of Filipino American History Month

The Harvard Square Philippine American Alliance enthusiastically welcomes you to the first Filipino American festival held in the Church Street parking lot during Oktoberfest!

This special event unites the Filipino American community and their friends by showcasing their rich heritage and traditions through music, dance, crafts and food. Make sure you don’t miss headliner, rapper, singer and songwriter, Ez Mil, who will take to the Church Street stage at 5.30pm! Other highlights include: artists Bryan Termulo, Garth Garci and Rachel Anne Wolfe; dance troupes Cebu Inc., Tribu Cebuano, Mutya Philippine Dance Company and GIUSA; and an Asian American and Pacific Islander comedy jam.

The Filipino American Festival is a partnership between the Harvard Square Philippine American Alliance and the Harvard Square Business Association, Harvard University in the Community, the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Harvard Asian American and Pacific Island, Media I Want TFC & MYX Global Partners, International/Local Artists and VIP Guests.

New this year! Grolier Poetry Bookstore 95th Anniversary Festival

95 years of books, community and poetry by Toscano Restaurant, 52 Brattle Street

Grolier Poetry Bookstore, founded in 1927 and the oldest poetry bookstore in the United States, is having its 95th anniversary festival at Oktoberfest! This event features two Pulitzer Prize winners, a former American Poet Laureate, a former Boston Poet Laureate and the current Boston Poet Laureate. Some of the poets reading are Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, Lloyd Schwartz, Danielle Legros Georges, Stephanie Burt, Peter Balakian, Sandra Lim and Porsha Olayiwola. Poet reading books and Grolier merchandise will be available for purchase on site.

The Grolier bookshop was founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, the original shop mainly stocked private press books, poetry and a sample of avant-garde literature. In 1976, Louisa Solano took over the shop and renamed it Grolier Poetry Book Shop. She developed the Grolier as an exclusive showcase for poetry. It has stored some 15,000 volumes of current poetry with an emphasis on small press. She also introduced the concept of autograph/reading nights. A series of formal readings quickly developed. Poetic street festivals also took place. In April 2006, Ms. Solano sold the Grolier bookstore to Ifeanyi Menkiti, a poet and professor of philosophy at Wellesley College, with the store opening under new management on May 6, 2006. Ifeanyi Menkiti died in 2019 and his family continues to own and operate the business.

11:00 a.m. Pierre Balakian

11:15 Porsha Olayiwola

11:30 Anna VQRoss

11:45 Interlude of Los Lorcas

12:00 Gloria Mindock

12:15 Christina Davis

12:30 p.m.Martha Collins

12:45 Intermission

1:00 p.m. Georges Kalogeris

1:15 p.m. Richard Fein

1:30 p.m. Sandra Lim

1:45 p.m. Interlude of Los Lorcas

2 p.m. Stephanie Burt

2:15 p.m. Chen Chen

2:30 p.m. Fred Marchant

2:45 p.m. Intermission

3:00 p.m. Jennifer Barbier

3:15 pm Steven Cramer

3:30 p.m. Danielle Legros Georges

3:45 pm Interlude of Los Lorcas

4:00 p.m. Dara Barrois/Dixon

4:15 p.m.Joan Naviyuk Kane

4:30 p.m. Lloyd Schwartz

4:45 p.m. Intermission

5:00 p.m.Robert Pinsky

5:15 p.m. Gail Mazur GAIL

5:30 p.m. Closing remarks

5:45 p.m. Closing

Beer gardens / patios within the festival

Alden and Harlow
Charlie’s Kitchen
Commonwealth Wine School
by Felipe
Grendel’s Lair
The house of the hourly oyster
The red house
Russell House Tavern
tasty burger
Wusong Road

Restaurants/Patios within the Festival

Beat the Brewhouse
Ben & Jerry’s
bluestone pathway
boiling crab
Capital One Cafe
Cardullo Gourmet Shoppe
Eliot Street Cafe/Dunkin Donuts
Grafton Street Pub & Grill
LA Burdick
Las Palmas
living life
Lizzy’s ice cream
milk bar
Shake Shack
fresh healthy
Grilled vegetables

After Grendel’s Den Oktoberfest

Launched in 1979, Harvard Square Oktoberfest has never been a strictly German-themed event.

The Kuelzer family, with roots in Bavaria, decided to break out their lederhosen and dirndls and tap a ceremonial keg every year at Grendel’s Den, starting over 20 years ago with founder Herbert, and later his daughter Kari took the mallet. One year they appeared on the Jay Leno show for a “Drunk Or Not Drunk” segment, being the only subjects wearing lederhosen! Grendel’s Den is offering German-style dishes for the event, and since the dishes are so popular, we’re offering them from early September until the Indigenous Peoples Day weekend.

The 20th Annual Drum Tapping Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. First come first served, no reservations.


Oktoberfest snack platter

Six pretzel bites with obatzda (Bavarian cheese dip), salted radishes and cucumber salad $11

Bratwurst Appetizer

Bratwurst baked in beer or Beyond Bratwurst grilled with dark rye bread, whole grain mustard, salted radishes and cucumber salad $11

Soft Pretzel

with yellow mustard Single $4 Double $6


Bratwurst or Beyond Bratwurst sandwich cooked in beer

with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard on a sub roll with potato chips and cucumber salad $15

german cuban

ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, mayo on a pressed roll with fries or coleslaw $16


Bavarian roast pork with mashed potatoes, sauce and braised red cabbage $18

Hungarian goulash on buttered egg noodles with cauliflower side dish and butter crumbs $18


Cauliflower with butter crumbs $4

Braised Cabbage $3

Additional pretzel $2

Accompaniment of 3 pretzel bites $2

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