Tacoma HONK! | 1-5PM | October 21 | McKinley Hill

Want to volunteer? Stop by the info booth and we will put you to work. ~ Irina

Tacoma HONK! Fest

Oct / 21st / 2023McKinleyHill

Get spooky at Tacoma’s first annual HONK! Fest on Oct 21st, 2023 in the McKinley Hill neighborhood. Put on your favorite costume (Galloping Gertie anyone?) and bring a funky noisemaker. Meet your neighbors, local musicians, maybe even join a band!

Tacoma HONK! Fest is an accessible community music festival driven by the energetic performances of PNW street bands and cultural groups in public spaces. And it’s free of charge!

Instead of formal stages, bands will be moving and marching and dancing around. The audience is always welcome to join in!

We encourage you to walk, bike, or take public transit to the festival. Feel free to walk (or dance) between the stage areas set up in the McKinley Hill business district.


  • AGABSeattle, WA
  • Analog BrassBellingham, WA
  • Artesian Rumble ArkestraOlympia, WA
  • Better As BrassSeattle, WA
  • Bigfoot Brass BandLakewood, WA
  • The Brass CatsPortland, OR
  • Brassless ChapsPortland, OR
  • Cambodian Classical & Folk Dance of NorthWestTacoma, WA
  • Chaotic Noise Marching CorpsSeattle, WA
  • Filthy FemCorpsSeattle, WA
  • HONK! All StarsEarth, Universe
  • Krusar Mon - Family First Dance GroupTacoma, WA
  • Lincoln High School DrumlineTacoma, WA
  • Neon Brass PartySeattle, WA
  • One LoveSeattle, WA
  • Soul JambalayaSeattle, WA
  • Sound Machine Honk! BandWhidbey Island, WA
  • Sticks & BonesOlympia, WA
  • TacomaramaTacoma, WA
  • Taiko DrumTacoma, WA
  • TMB BrassSeattle, WA
  • Unexpected Brass BandPort Townsend, WA
  • Vaipouli EntertainmentTacoma, WA
  • VamoLáSeattle, WA

Community Resources

  • Neon Brass Party - H!FW Thurs 2023 - @espressobuzz
  • Soul Jambalaya - H!FW Fri 2023 - @espressobuzz
  • Brassless Chaps - H!FW Sat 2023 - @espressobuzz
  • Artesian Rumble - H!FW Sun 2023 - @espressobuzz
  • Sticks & Bones - H!FW Sun 2023 - @espressobuzz

photos by espressobuzz

Wanna HONK! with us?

Dust off your middle school clarinet, your undergrad English Horn, or find that shoebox with that 3rd grade recorder, and jump in on the public jam session (details here). We welcome anyone interested, regardless of age or experience.

Octopus playing the percusion

How the heck did Tacoma get its own HONK!?

Tacoma HONK! is hosted by Tacomarama Community Street Band, sponsored by HONK! Festival West, and made possible with funding from Tacoma Venues and Events.

TACOMA Venues & EventsHONK! Fest West

Why McKinley Hill?

Not only is McKinley Hill one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tacoma and has some of the coolest views of the Dome, but it's also home to fun and eclectic businesses and a vibrant, active, and engaged community. It’s a Tacoma gem that Tacoma HONK! is excited to show off.

Cat dancing on piano keys.

Meet our host band TACOMARAMA!

Tacomarama Community Street Band is a music ensemble that regularly performs at Tacoma-based events, including Tacoma Light Trail Parade, Tacoma Porchfest, and numerous neighborhood celebrations. They’re proud of being all ages and all inclusive, so much so that if you get close enough, a stray trombone may hook your Rainiers hoodie and yank you into the band forever. tacomarama.org

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