Schedule (2021)

Festival Schedule

All events for this year’s festival will take place on Saturday, October 9th. Additionally, the festival will be live-streamed for long-distance fans on YouTube.


TimeLocationPerforming bandsWhy are we HONK!ing?
10:30 AM – 1:00 PMSeven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville10:30: Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band
11:00: Tribute Ceremony
11:30: aNova Brazil
12:00: School of Honk
Tribute ceremony to outgoing Mayor and long-time HONK! supporter Joe Curtatone, and to Somerville athlete Phil Reavis.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PMEast Canton Street Apartments, 109 East Canton St., BostonExtraordinary Rendition BandRally to oppose luxury development and support affordable housing, in collaboration with the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants
12:00 – 1:00 PMMystic Housing, 530 Mystic Avenue, SomervilleEmperor Norton’s Stationary Marching BandArt-making activity and music for kids and families, in collaboration with Mystic Learning Center and Around Hear

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12:00 – 1:30 PM318 Broadway, ChelseaThe Party BandNeighborhood canvassing procession, ending with “Sabado de Calle” event at 318 Broadway, in collaboration with La Colaborativa
12:00 – 4:00 PMNubian Square, Roxbury1:00 – Procession with Rara Bel Poze and Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band
2:00 – Rara Bel Poze, Second Line sets
3:00 – Procession with Extraordinary Rendition Band, sets from Rara Bel Poze, Second Line
4:00 – Extraordinary Rendition Band set
Health, Hope… and HONK! A celebration to support the Black/Family-owned/Non-profit businesses in Nubian Square.
Along with a Health Festival with MGH, Brigham and Women’s, Dana Farber, Mass General Brigham and many more!

Collaboration with Roxbury Main Streets, Peace Boston, Carnival Society of Boston, Poor People’s Campaign, Alpha and Omega, Dudley Cafe, Eventkore, Final Touch Boutique, Frugal Bookstore, Haley House, and Soleil Restaurant

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2:00 – 3:00 PMLincoln Park, SomervilleExpandable Brass BandNeighborhood procession to support Sunrise Boston’s youth-led climate work

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2:00 – 3:30 PMNashua Street Jail, 200 Nashua Street, BostonLeftist Marching Band
What Cheer? Brigade
HONK! Down the Walls abolitionist rally, in collaboration with Deeper Than Water and Black and Pink
2:00 - 4:00 PMCity Hall, CambridgeBand Land Brass BandHONK! FOR OUR FUTURE, 4 Years to Save the Planet
A procession starting at City Hall, Cambridge, and proceeding down Mass Ave to MIT, in collaboration with Extinction Rebellion Youth

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2:00 – 5:00 PMConstitution Beach, East BostonJP Honk Band“Oye, Mi Gente!” instrument-making and song-leading workshop, in collaboration with Cosecha Massachusetts
3:00 – 4:00 PMCapuano School playground, East SomervilleBrassteriskNeighborhood procession starting at Capuano School playground and ending at Chuckie Harris Playground, in collaboration with MAMAS (Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville).

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3:30 – 5:00 PMNunziato Park, SomervilleDirty Water Brass BandPresentation on what a community land trust is and how Somerville residents can get involved, in collaboration with Somerville Community Land Trust

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4:00 - 6:00 PMFoss Park, SomervilleGhost Town Brass Band (performing at 4:30)"Climate Social" meet and greet to celebrate and learn about the incredible climate change and justice-related work happening all over Somerville, in collaboration with Climate Coalition of Somerville.

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6:00 – 9:00 PMHaley House parking lot & Dudley Cafe, Nubian Square, Roxbury4:30 – The Party Band
5:30 – JP Honk Band
6:00 – Magnificent Danger
7:00 – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
7:30 – Flyby Brass Band
8:00 – Conical Cacophony
Multiple band performances outside of Haley House in Roxbury.
6:00 – 9:00 PMSeven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville6:00 – Leftist Marching Band
6:30 –Brassterisk
7:30 – UnCivil Servants featuring Mayor Joe Curtatone
8:15 – What Cheer? Brigade
Multiple band performances in Seven Hills Park in Somerville.