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HONK! announces dates for eighth annual street fest

Posted by boston.com  August 28, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the HONK! Festival:

Time to mark the calendar for the eighth annual HONK! Festival (www.honkfest.org) which will take place from October 11-14 throughout the neighborhoods of Somerville and Cambridge. Founded in 2006 in Davis Square by members of the Somerville-based Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band (www.secondlinebrassband.org), HONK! is a rousing socio-political music spectacle which features social activist street bands from all over who come together to share their different approaches to merry making while also instigating positive change in their communities.

This year several new national and international groups will be featured, as well as returning festival favorites, some who are local and several who come from afar. In the works are many concerts, one very large parade, some mini parades, a roundtable discussion, and much more. The preliminary HONK! schedule, which will be finalized in early September, can be found at www.honkfest.org/schedule/. This year ALL events will be free!. The festival is rain or shine and open to all.

As of this writing, a few late summer/early fall activities are in place, for those who would like to get involved early on:

  • HONK! Kickstarter campaign: details can be found at www.honkfest.org/kickstarter. This year's goal is to reach $12,000 by early October. Last year, HONK! far exceeded its Kickstarter campaign. Individuals can donate and subscribe to receive notices by going through the HONK! website.
  • HONK! Volunteer Appreciation Pep Rally: tentatively scheduled for the evening of September 15 at Sprout, 339R Summer St. near Davis Square, Somerville (www.thesprouts.org). More information will be available after Labor Day weekend.
For more background information on HONK!'s origins, visit www.honkfest.org/about/.

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