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The 16th annual HONK! Festival returns to the streets for one day only this Saturday, October 9, with its signature spirit of joy and justice in a new, hyperlocal format. 

This year’s festival will feature multiple neighborhood events cosponsored by grassroots community organizations across Greater Boston. Throughout the day, HONK! performers will join activist groups in their own neighborhoods, playing music and raising awareness for arts and social justice causes. More than 15 local brass and percussion bands will take to parks, squares, and street corners across Somerville, Boston, Cambridge, and Chelsea.  

The day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in Somerville’s Seven Hills Park with a performance by the Second Line Brass Band and tributes to Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Olympian Phil Reavis, Sr. The Uncivil Servants, a new band featuring Mayor Curtatone and City of Somerville staffers, will play later in the evening.  

All events are free and open to the public. Performances will also be livestreamed on the HONK! YouTube channel. The full schedule and streaming link are available at

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