Past Events

7th Annual HONK! Festival

Save the dates: Oct. 5-8. There’s a wide variety of events planned in Somerville, Cambridge and Boston. Free and open to all!

With already over 30 activist street bands coming from near and far, the seventh annual HONK! Festival may prove to be the most outrageous urban gathering yet! This election year’s HONK! will be held from October 5 through October 8 (encompassing Columbus Day Weekend), just in time to playfully kick some butt while seriously attempting to inspire action in a world that yearns for change.

The preliminary HONK! schedule, which will be finalized in early September, can be found at Many outdoor and indoor concerts (mostly free) will be held throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston, along with one very large and several mini parades, and a symposium for those who crave some sit-down in-depth discussion about the HONK! phenomena — instigated in 2006 in Davis Square, Somerville, and now sweeping the nation (annual HONKs now in Austin, Seattle, Brooklyn, Providence) — and its impact on the social-political landscape.

The current roster of this year’s HONK! bands is located at They hail from as far away as Italy, New Orleans, and Vancouver, to as near as Somerville and Jamaica Plain! Up-to-date information on bands and their HONK! performance schedules will be posted on,,, and by calling 617-383-HONK (4665).

As of this writing, a few summer activities are also in place, for anyone who would like to get an early jump on the HONK! bandwagon:

  • HONK! Kickstarter campaign: details can be found at The goal this year is to reach $12,000 by mid-August. Last year, HONK! far exceeded a similar fundraising campaign. Individuals can donate and subscribe to receive notices by going through the HONK! website.
  • HONK! Parade planning: the first meeting is to be held on Thurs., July 26, 7-9 pm, at Sprout & Co., 339R Summer St. near Davis Square, Somerville ( Join with other community groups and individuals for a meeting to brainstorm about different ways to make visually stunning and evocative street parades during the HONK! Festival; including a new evening lantern parade in Davis Square neighborhoods, and the Sunday “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes, and Feet” Parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square, featuring 30 street bands and 31 community groups. If interested, contact
  • HONK! T-shirt design: a call is going out to all those who have an artistic desire to design this year’s HONK! T-shirt. The deadline for submissions is August 15. Send queries and original design submissions to

For more background information on HONK! and its origins, visit


Improvements to Davis Streetscape

Davis Square Residents, Business Owners, Visitors, and Fans:

At our July 17th meeting on Davis Square’s streetscape, the City’s project team discussed some preliminary ideas for improving the square based on your input.  These slides are now online for you to view and discuss further at our blog.  Please visit:

We look forward to discussing more detailed concepts for the square at our final meeting in this series,  August 7th at the TAB Atrium, 167 Holland Street.

Food for Free Fund Raiser at Flatbread Pizza

Starting at 5pm on July 31, Flatbread Pizza/Sacco’s Bowl Haven will host a Food for Free Fundraiser.

There is no entry fee; just stop by (hungry) and Flatbread will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread and $1.75 for each small flatbread purchased starting at 5pm.

About Food for Free:
Bridging the gap between waste and want since 1981
Food For Free responds to local hunger by rescuing fresh food that might otherwise go to waste and distributing it within the emergency food system, where it can reach those in need.

Food For Free’s largest program, Produce Rescue, distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to 82 local food programs that collectively serve about 25,000 individuals. Programs served include food pantries, emergency shelters, meal programs, clinics and youth centers. Food For Free distributed 1,020,000 pounds of food in 2011.

In addition to Produce Rescue, Food For Free’s other programs are Home Delivery, Field of Greens and, introduced recently, The Transportation Partnership. Program and other information is at

Food For Free is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization located at 11 Inman Street in Cambridge. Additional information or by calling 617.868.2900 x 326.