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Sounds of live concert music will once again be heard as Porchfest returns to celebrate the arts and community.

This is the second annual Princeton Porchfest organized by the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) that gives residents and visitors the chance to take in musical performances from bands and musicians straight from the front porches of Princeton homes and properties.

The free shows performed during what the Arts Council calls a “walkable music festival” are set for April 29 from 12-6 p.m. Porchfest will culminate April ARTS, a months-long celebration of art, music and the Princeton community.

“Last year’s Porchfest was an astounding success. Part of our strategy last year was come for lunch, listen to the music, stay for dinner,” said Adam Welch, executive director of the ACP. “Our premise behind Porchfest was an opportunity for us to encourage people to come to town, utilize the businesses, shop local, and eat local.”

With counters at each of the 11 porches at the inaugural Porchfest in 2022, the Arts Council calculated that more than 1,500 people had attended Porchfest.

“We thought Porchfest would be welcomed here in Princeton and turns out it was,” Welch said.

This year, Porchfest organizers decided on 18 porches that will be utilized for Porchfest. The ACP has already met with Princeton officials and the Princeton Police Department to go over the map to ensure safety.

With an increase in porch applications, it had become more difficult to map out and create a proximity of porches that flowed for people seeking to view performances at more than one location.

“The reason why it was more difficult is because we had so many more porches in various places. Some are repeat porches, but there are so many new ones,” Welch said. “It is a balance and is not something we take lightly. When looking at the map there are obvious outliers, homes or places that are not close to other porch locations.”

The Arts Council wanted to have at least three porches that were in close proximity that could be easy enough to walk between, but not close enough to hear.

“A block away would not be sufficient, but if it is on the back street a block away that would be sufficient. Safety also comes into play, especially roads that are busy such as Route 206,” Welch said, noting they based their porch selections to close proximities of one another and making sure the porches vibe with one another.

The Arts Council selected the 18 porches out of more than 40 applicants who applied.

Those locations – 102 Witherspoon, Maclean House (PU), Palmer Square, 120 John St., 225 Birch Ave., 77 Leigh Ave, 254 Witherspoon St., 150 Jefferson Road, 178 Moore St., 17 Jefferson Rd., 71 Wiggins, 11 Willow St., 19 Chestnut St., 45 Linden Lane, 19 Linden Lane, 30 Murray Place, 51 Aiken Avenue, and 49 Markham Rd.

“This is an opportunity for neighbors to sit in each other’s yards, talk and reach out over the communication hurdles that social media and other stuff has conveniently helped us to forget,” Welch said, adding society has somewhat lost the simple “reach across the yard and say hello to the people in our community.”

Welch added that he is excited for porch performances that include locations such as On the Green in Palmer Square, the President’s House at Princeton University [MacLean House] on Nassau Street, on Birch Avenue and Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design firm on Witherspoon Street.

For the day, 108 bands applied to perform for Porchfest.

“The total number of bands we accepted was 87,” Welch said. All the other porches are 12-5 p.m. and the last performers are here at the Arts Council from 5-6 p.m. At Arts Council we started a little late last year at 5:15 p.m. to allow people to get here from the other porches for one last final show here.”

Each of the 18 porches will have five bands with scheduled performances at each location.

“We are such a musical community. There are so many bands in town,” he said. “There is a need for music and a desire for music.”

The bands will each have a 45-minute set with a 15-minute break between sets.

“Last year there were 40-minute sets with a 20-minute break,” Welch said, noting they learned they set the break time for too long. “Twenty minutes was almost too much time to wait around so we narrowed it down to 15 minutes.”

Welch said Porchfest certainly fills a need in the community. It is evident from the increases in people, who applied to offer up their front porches and the musicians who sought to perform on the porches.

“What we knew from conversations we had with people regarding Communiversity, people wanted to have cultural experiences, artistic experiences, and be able to offer something someone does not have to commit to,” he said.

“We knew [Porchfest] started in Ithaca, New York in 2007 and many towns have taken on this model, so we knew there was an appetite just from how popular it is around the country.”

For more information about Princeton Porchfest, visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

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FAQs

How much does it cost to go to Porchfest? ›

Porchfest is a free event.

Where to park for Porchfest in Jacksonville? ›

This year's Porchfest takes place in an area bounded by Cottage Avenue and North Main, West 8th and Perry streets. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. Free parking is available at Bethel Church at 215 Bethel Baptist St., the Florida Department of Health office at 1214 N. Pearl St., and the FSCJ Downtown Campus at 101 W.

Is Porchfest rain or shine? ›

Porchfest DC host homes are not obligated to provide any facilities. Is there a rain date? No, we're rain or shine.

Where to park for porchfest in Virginia highlands? ›

Parking can be found outside the festival area, along the residential streets. Entrance is John Howell Park at Virginia Ave/Barnett St.

How does a porch fest work? ›

The afternoon consists of porch performances at private homes by individual bands and musicians performing various types of music. The organizing committee manages the basic logistics, coordinates performances and promotes the day.

Where did Porchfest originate? ›

Started in Ithaca, New York, in 2007, porchfest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community. Porchfest music festivals began as a means for neighbors and local community members to highlight their music on front porches.

What time is parking free downtown Jacksonville? ›

How much does it cost to park at a meter? Meters starting cost is $2 for 60 minutes and differs depending on a street by street basis. Parking fees are enforced weekdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. PARKING IS FREE ON WEEKENDS AND AFTER 6 P.M.

Is it free to park at Jacksonville Beach? ›

Jacksonville Beach Parking

Monday - Thursday are free. Parking fees are only charged Friday - Sunday, or during holidays and festivals. Free street parking spots can be found outside of the major parking lots. Time restrictions may apply.

Where is PorchFest in Jacksonville? ›

PorchFest is a free, family-friendly event held in Historic Springfield, a community just north of downtown Jacksonville, Florida on November 4th, 2023.

What is Wellfleet Porchfest? ›

Free open-air music festival taking place on the porches in the Historic and Cultural District of Wellfleet.

Is the Atlanta Jazz Festival free? ›

The AJF is produced by the City of Atlanta – Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. It is FREE and open to the public. The AJF is funded through the support of corporate sponsorships as well as Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

What is porchfest in Fresno? ›

The Tower Porchfest is a grassroots community music event in Fresno, California where front porches become stages, yards become venues, and radical generosity and good will rule the day. The mission of Tower Porchfest is to build community through music and art.

When did Porchfest start in Somerville? ›

It's become an annual and anticipated tradition in many communities ever since. Somerville has been holding its own porchfest since 2011. “We were one of the first cities to bring it here to Massachusetts,” said Gregory Jenkins, executive director for the Somerville Arts Council.

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