Prepare to party Porchfest style

Here’s what you need to know about community Porchfests and how to participate.

A DJ playing for a crowd at JP Porchfest.

Porchfest is a day for the community to celebrate local musicians, bands, and DJs.

Photo by @joetagz_dj

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If you’ve never heard of or attended a Porchfest, settle in — we’re breaking down the beats and details for these musical community celebrations.

What is a Porchfest?

These community-focused events take place in various neighborhoods and connect residents with the arts in their own backyard, literally. The day-long festival will take over and coordinate live performances on any available space (think: porch, yard, or stoop). The goal is to build neighborhood goodwill and civic engagement + support the local arts community.

How can I get involved?

If you live in a community that’s planning a Porchfest or own a neighborhood storefront, share your space to host local talent. Community organizers have sign-up opportunities to pair local musicians, bands, and performers to open spaces for afternoons of free music. All types of musicians and levels of talent are welcome to reach out and sign up. Neighbors can then stroll from block to block and enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood.

Pro tips: Remember to party responsibly, stay out of the streets and keep to the sidewalks + be respectful of your neighbors’ spaces. Most importantly, have fun.

Ready to party?

Save the date for these Saturday celebrations:
Somerville Porchfest — May 13
Dorchfest — June 3
Fenway Porchfest — June 10
Jamaica Plain Porchfest — Aug. 19
Roslindale Porchfest — Sept. 23
Brookline Porchfest — Sept. 30

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