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PorchFest 2021 Register Now

PorchFest 2021 Register Now

Sat., October 2, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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PorchFest Somerville is on for Sat., Oct. 2nd.  (Rain Date, Sunday, 3rd.)   

We are moving back to our traditional approach with bands performing on local porches, while guests move through the city.   This event is a decentralized effort among bands, neighborhoods, and community---this is not a festival per se.  The intent is to showcase Somerville's musical talent.  

If you have registered before, you'll remember there is specific directions in the registration process.  

Bands/individuals will perform on Oct 2nd during the time slot assigned to their zone (just like prior events).  Our zones and time periods are:  West of Willow Ave is "west" and will occur b/w 12 to 2  p.m.;  the area between Willow Ave. and Central St is Central zone and will occur b/w 2 to 4 p.m; and the area east of Central St is the East zone and will occur from 4-6 p.m.  Please respect these time zones and duration for the sake of your neighbors and the audience moving across the city to reach you. 

Here is a PorchFest "toolkit" per se, which will hopefully answer questions and provide useful tips on how to go about participating. 

Thanks again for participating.   Registration below. 

Registration and map development will remain open until Sept. 30th--see below.   

See the 2021 PorchFest map/bands performing here   We will be converting over to a more static page on the day of the event.

Below are notes on how to register and other items concerning process to make for a postive experience: 

1.Remember the Council does not 'match make'; in reality you should be performing on a porch of friend or bandmate, who in turn knows the neighbors,etc.   (And realize your posting will not appear if you don't submit a Somerville address!)

2. You should discuss your desire to plany with your neighbors and/or your landlord.  We do not recommend full amplified performances at your home.  You, as the host, are responsible for positive outreach about your desire to perform, not the Arts Council. 

3.  Come back to this site with content to register (have address, description of band, banner image, mp3s, web links)   Please do not register unless you have a location secured and specific address.  If you only wish to promote your Somerville band, go to our Creators page and create a profile.  Porchfest page is only to post if you are performing during the event and have a location. 

4.  The registration process is two parts.  First, you will need to create a username account for any/all access to the site.  If you don't have one, create one at the bottom of our site--i.e. "Login".  But if you registered last year, please use your existing "user name" to log in to our site.   If you've forgotten this or your password, try to retrieve using email address you had for prior years.   Second, once you have a user name, you then go to the bottom of the homepage and "log in", you then should go the main Porchfest page and click this, Register Porchfest here to add your content.   You can also edit your page. Again, you'll need to Login and go to your page, hit the edit tab up top, then save at bottom.  Please add image of your band, if you have a specific time within your zone make that clear. 

5.  Your registration is moderated by the Council, it might take some time to confirm and edit time/zone.   Please do NOT make multiple pages.  Write down your URL that way you can come back to the page (you must login) to change or edit your page. Also, remember your posting/page will NOT appear on the map unless you have an address.   Your posting will appear on this 2021 map.  

6. If you are aware that more than two bands will be performing on your street, we recommend that you apply for a "Public Event (block party)" permit through the City.   Applications should be submitted through the City’s CitizenServe portal at   Council meetings are on Sept. 9th and 23rd, please submit prior to these meetings. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk at  

Special Thanks to Kirk Isreal and Moses Blumenstiel for their combined web work on Porchfest. 

In 2011, the Council created a decentralized music festival--Porchfest.  Perhaps you’ve sat on your porch and overheard a neighbor strumming guitar on another porch?  Porchfest takes this idea and multiplies it. This is not a festival per se but rather a community event where Somervillians share their love of playing and listening to music.  Think of Somerville Open Studios, which is for visual artists, but for music.