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Dates:Sunday, October 8, 2023 - Sunday, October 8, 2023
Hours:12:00pm - 6:00pm
Category:Fairs & Festivals

annual oktoberfest  honk festival harvard square photoHarvard Square’s flagship event will hit the streets in the heart of the square on Sunday, October 8th.
Live music on multiple stages, countless international food vendors, crafts and of course, festive beer gardens located throughout the Square.

Come be a part of a legendary tradition – it will be Wunderbar to see you again!

Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest features food from all over the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, free samples, sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts.

In addition, Oktoberfest boasts beer gardens hosted by Alden & Harlow and Wusong Road and a first this year, a wine garden hosted by Commonwealth Wine School.

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

One of the highlights of the festival is the HONK! Parade which arrives in the Square at approximately 1pm. In its 18th year, the HONK! movement has become a global phenomenon.

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This year, more than 20 HONK! bands from around the country will march from Davis Square to Harvard Square.

Spectators will be treated to a horn-tooting, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, mind-blowing spectacle and everyone is welcome to join the back of the parade and make their way 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 or artistry and creativity.


Oktoberfest in Harvard Square was started 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, however, the festival has taken on a most discerningly Cambridge vibe to become an Oktoberfest unlike any other.

Looking for more fun Boston Festivals? Check out our handy list of annual events that locals look forward to every year!



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Phone: (617) 491-3434

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