Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade

The 39th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade returns to Harvard Square on October 8th from noon-6p.  Enjoy music from Honk bands from near and far on stages located throughout Harvard Square, indulge in delicious food from local restaurants, purchase specialty items and gifts and of course, sip on delicious beer at five beer gardens. After all, what would Oktoberfest be without beer gardens?

To ensure you don’t miss out on anything the day of the festival, we put together a quick list of all the important details.


The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to welcome the annual tradition back to Harvard Square for the 39th year. Fall simply wouldn’t be the same without one of our favorite fall traditions.  Launched in 1978 by Frank Cardullo, Oktoberfest maintained old world traditions and later transitioned into a festival that highlights Cambridge’s warm and unique atmosphere.

The festival draws over 200,000 people in attendance each year and features food from across the globe, arts and crafts, vintage goods, sidewalk sales and innovative gifts.


Oktoberfest and the HONK! Parade is a feast for the senses that the entire family will enjoy!  For the 12th year in a row, HONK!  bands will get the party started with a parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square at 1p...but this isn’t all the music you’ll see this Sunday.  Expect to see six musical stages throughout the Harvard Square, as well brass bands parading through the infectious music floating through the streets.  The six stages will feature talented artists that will have you dancing all day long.  After you’ve danced to the music and worked up an appetite, be sure to indulge in delicious food from both near and far.

What would Oktoberfest be without beer?  If you’re 21 years of age and appreciate a fine beer, we suggest you pop into one of the many beer gardens surrounding the festival.


It’s all happening in Harvard Square! Once you walk up the steps from the Harvard Square T Station, you’ll arrive right in middle of all the festivities. With six stages scattered throughout the square, it’s almost impossible to miss.

Here’s a quick list where all the entertainment stages can be found on Sunday:

  • Main Stage: located directly in front of Out of Town News
  • Passim Stage: Intersection of Brattle and Church Streets
  • Sinclair Stage: Church Street
  • HONK Stage: Charlie’s Kitchen
  • HONK Stage #2: Eliot Triangle
  • HONK Stage #3: Palmer Street

Because parking is limited, we highly recommend using public transportation to get to Oktoberfest. If you are coming from Boston, simply take the red line from Park Street to the Harvard Station and you’ll arrive right in the middle of all of the action. If you are coming from the opposite direction (Alewife), hop on the red line towards Park Street, and hop off at Harvard Square Station.

There are also a number of buses that will bring you directly to Harvard Square -- the most popular being the 1 bus from Mass Ave, 69 at Lechmere, 86 from Riverside, and 66 from Allston. Check out the MBTA’s handy transit map for more information.

If you’d prefer to drive, click here for "How to Pahk Yah Cah in Hahvahd Square."


The fun starts at noon and ends at 6p. 


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