Porchfests are events where various neighborhoods setup porches and bands for afternoons of music! Audiences can stroll from block to block, taking in the local sounds.

Porchfests got started in Ithaca NY, and they have a List of All Known Porchfests

Here are some in New England:

New England 2024 Porchfests:

May 11 Somerville
May 18 Malden
May 18 Watertown
May 25 Magnolia
June 1 Franklin
June 1 Medford
June 1 Newton
June 1 Dorchester
June 8 West Concord
June 8 Winchester
June 15 Fenway
June 15 Arlington
June 22 Dedham
June 22 Reading
June 29 Quincy
July 14 Shelburne Falls
Aug 10 North Falmouth
Aug 24 Jamaica Plain
Aug 24 Wellfleet
Sep 7 Ashland/Hopkinton
Sep 7 Belmont
Sep 7 Stoneham
Sep 7 Wakefield
Sep 8 Sharon
Sep 14 Hull
Sep 14 Plum Island
Sep 21 Melrose
Sep 21 Milton
Sep 21 Natick
Sep 21 Roslindale
Sep 28 Medway
Sep 28 Lexington
Sep 28 Brookline
Oct 6th Maynard

Waiting for dates for:

-- Sandwich
-- Walpole
-- Woburn
-- Swampscott

Porchfest.info created and runs the websites for nine of these events (Medford, Fenway, JP, Melrose, Newton, Belmont, Dedham, Natick, Ashland/Hopkinton) and has consulted on several others, most notably creating the Somerville main map page. The core websites handle online signup, provide advanced scheduling tools for admins, and host the resulting map and schedule sites in a robust, scalable way to handle the crush of event-day traffic, and include abilities for the generation of print materials.

Feel free to contact me ( kirkjerk at gmail dot com ) if you want your porchfest on this list, or if you'd be interesting in using yourneighborhood.porchfest.info as your site.

Here's a page on collaborating with me on setting up your own porchfest website. .

Thanks to Robert B, Ike A, Jeff W et al for help tracking area Porchfests!

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