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Welcome

A free volunteer run music festival in Quincy Massachusetts

June 24, 2017

What is PorchFest Quincy?

PorchFests are FREE annual music events held across the United States and in Canada on front porches. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, PorchFest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community.

In 2016, Walter Hubley and Ian Cain started PorchFest Quincy with a crew of amazing volunteers and created a wonderful day of music and fun. The same team is excited to bring PorchFest Quincy back again in 2017! Last year we had 70 bands at 43 porch locations and an estimated 6,000 people attended.

PorchFest music festivals began as a means for neighbors and local community members to highlight their music on front porches.  Bands, singers, and instrumentalists participate in the festival for no other reason than to showcase their talents and engage the community. Music is diverse and can range from country to pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B, and many others. Musicians voluntarily take to the "stage" on porches at their designated times and perform for the public.

A porch makes a great stage, but a front yard or driveway will work just fine.  We will make it work if you want to be a part of the fun!

Big Ol' Dirty Bucket, from PorchFest 2016.

When is PorchFest Quincy?

Saturday, June 24th from 1PM to 8PM.  

The schedule will be released a few days before the event because there are always changes as the event nears and we wouldn't want you walking around Quincy with the wrong information. A few weeks before the event we should be able to publish what neighborhoods will be performing at what times.

Where is PorchFest Quincy?

PorchFest Quincy will be held in Wollaston Hill, Beachwood Knoll/Beach Street, Squantum, and Merrymount neighborhoods.

Victoria and Wally Hubley, from PorchFest 2016.

We are expanding PorchFest based upon the amount of interest shown from other neighborhoods. It is very important to us that bands have a good audience, so we are looking to find groups of porches together (but not too close). This way, the bands have a lot of people enjoying the music and porches are within an easy walking distance from each other. Put simply, if there are enough volunteer porches in a neighborhood, and we have enough performers to put on them, we are happy to include the neighborhood in our festival.

Please join our mailing list to stay up to date. Keep informed about new performers, scheudle updates, and other announcments.  We will try not to email you too often and will not sell or provide our email list to anyone else.

How Can I Support PorchFest Quincy?

Support Porchfest Quincy

Although we are a 100% volunteer led and run, we need support for marketing efforts so we can make each year's event even better!  You can donate using the link below, PorchFest Quincy is a non-profit 501c3 organization so all donations are 100% tax deductable.

To donate by mail, make checks payable to "PorchFest Quincy" and send it to: PorchFest Quincy C/O: Walter Hubley, 44 Marion St, Quincy, MA 02170

Boston Bluegrass Kids Jam, from PorchFest Quincy 2016.

The Peasants, Black Coffee & Cigarettes from PorchFest Quincy 2016

Sign-Up!

Note: If you are performing at your own porch please complete both forms, it is the only way to keep this all organized. Sorry.

PorchFest Quincy Schedule

The performance schedule will be published on June 21st. Here is our timeline until then:

Now - May 31st - Registration for porch and band volunteers

June 1st - 10th - Porch hosts and bands are introduced via email. Contact information is exchanged so they can make arrangements.

June 11th - 17th - Neighborhood schedule is announced and any late changes are made.

June 18th - 20th - Yard signs are installed at each porch location.

June 21st - Performance Schedule is published to website.

June 24th -  PorchFest!

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PorchFest Quincy 2017 Performers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you keep me updated about PorchFest Quincy?

Please join our mailing list to stay up to date. Keep informed about new performers, scheudle updates, and other announcments.  We will try not to email you too often and will not sell or provide our email list to anyone else.

Can bands from outside of Quincy perform at PorchFest Quincy?

Absolutely! Bands from all over performed at PorchFest Quincy last year and we encourage everyone to join us.

Sounds great! Do I need to buy a ticket to PorchFest Quincy?

No, PorchFest is free.  Simply go to this website a few days before the event to learn about performance locations and times.  We encourage you to walk and use public transportation as parking may be limited.

Eating and drinking?

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages. Just remember that each venue is someone's home, so please be sure to clean up after yourself.

In 2016 we offered food trucks at some locations. We will be doing that again this year so stay tuned.

Beer and Wine?  

Porchfest does not have an officially contained festival area. The entire event takes place in individually owned yards and the public streets in between.  When in public, you are subject to the usual laws regarding alcohol consumption.

Are dogs allowed?

Different homeowners will likely have different preferences when it comes to dogs on their priority. So please be aware of and sensitive to that.  On the streets, the rules are the same as they'd be any other time.

Is there a hashtag?  Social Media?

#porchfestquincy    Please post your photos and videos!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PorchFestQuincy

Twitter:  @PorchFestQuincy  

Will there be bathrooms?

We are arranging for a few Porta-Potties.  PorchFest locations are neighbors homes, and they will not provide any facilities.

Is there a rain date?

There is no rain date.  We are from New England.

Are you closing the streets during this festival?

No.  If you must drive near the PorchFest performance locations, please use caution and drive slowly. Any neighborhood who would like to apply for a permit to close streets during PorchFest can, of course, do so on their own.

Thank you to our sponsors!

 


To learn more about sponsorship, please contact info@porchfestquincy.org.