PorchFest Map

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 12 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Porchfest 2018 will be on May 12, 2018

Web Registration will open around April 15.

Raindate:  Sunday, May 13

Prior to registration through our web portal, you can start to confirm the following:

1. Determine who will be the band contact and who will register.
2. Secure the match between the Somerville porch and the band; band does not need to be based in town but porch does.   The Council does not do the match making for you.
3.  Be sure to talk to your neighbors about your desire to perform.  Inform them it will only be for the two hour period. 
4. Draft a short description of the band, gather a good jpeg image, and find one mp3 file.
5. Create a user account here and link found at the top right of the website.  Your user account will require approval, it is not automatic and can take a day.   If you have created a user account for a previous year you do NOT need to create a second user account each year.   If you have set up a Porchfest registration in the past you already HAVE a user account. If you have forgotten your user account or password go in a "request lost account"    
6. Once you have a user account (which must be approved by SAC and can take a day)---

7.  Then register:
Please take your time to gather the above and then register/build out your personal Porchfest page here:   http://somervilleartscouncil.org/node/add/porchfest

After you submit, the Council determines the zone/time slot based on porch location.  Once this is done you should see your listing in the 2018 Map and your full listing.   If desired, go back in and edit your content.

Then on Saturday, May 12, 2018 musicians and bands throughout Somerville will celebrate and utilize an underused public venue: The Porch.   Acts—ranging from bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo—will serenade passersby from porches throughout Somerville. 

Parking restrictions will be relaxed in residential areas from 12 to 6 pm.

There are three time slots for the day based on three quadrants of the city; east of Central St. will be 12-2; Central St. to Willow Ave. will be 2-4; west of Willow St. 4-6.  

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.