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Photo by Joseph GresserFor the seventh time, activist street bands from around the world will converge in Davis Square to promote joy and unity, and raise awareness for a variety of causes. The HONK! Street Band Festival is a five-day long celebration of music and community, through outdoor concerts, an enormous parade, impromptu audience-including sessions, and affordable indoor concerts, all taking place in Somerville and Cambridge neighborhoods. The first day, Thurs., Oct. 4, is a pre-event warmup featuring a number of bands performing in Union Square starting at 7 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 5, the festivities start at 3 p.m., with bands performing for community and after-school groups. Later, at 7 p.m., a massive lantern parade will weave its way around Davis Square (open community lantern-making workshops will be held prior to the parade at 4 p.m.). And from there, the music continues nearly nonstop for the rest of the weekend! There will also be plenty of chances for folks to jump in at the last minute, to cross that invisible line from audience to participant, and be actively involved in the fun-making. The HONK! Festival is a grassroots, non-profit event. None of the bands will be earning any money for the festival. The bands are inspired to travel great distances to joyously celebrate the hard work to reclaim public space—the world over—for all people. Thurs., Oct. 4, through Mon., Oct. 8. Times vary. All ages. Most events and activities are free, but some concerts at indoor venues charge admission. Various locations in Cambridge and Somerville. For a full schedule of events, visit www.honkfest.org.
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