An Update on Arlington Porchfest

In the spirit of the much-loved community event, Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is excited to present Arlington Porchfest Stage on the front steps of Arlington’s Town Hall as part its annual Arlington Open Studios event on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The Porchfest Stage will feature free public performances by local Arlington Porchfest musicians throughout the day. A call with details will go out to previously participating music artists later this summer. Musical acts will be selected by a committee composed of previous Porchfest hosts and volunteers.

Also, ACA is thrilled to announce the return of a full-scale Arlington Porchfest on Saturday, June 18, 2022. A call to music artists, Porch Hosts, and volunteers will go out early in the new year.

Because of the pandemic, ACA was not able to present a Porchfest event this past spring, and other organizational obligations precluded sufficient planning for a large-scale event in the fall. After careful consideration, we decided it would be best to fully embrace commitments already made and look forward to an all-out Porchfest event in its regular time slot during spring 2022.

“Things may look a little different this year, but you can be sure that ACA is working thoughtfully to create unique occasions for community-building through the arts,” said Executive Director Tom Formicola.

ACA is proud to present a return to community celebration with its Arlington Open Studios 2021 event on Saturday, November 13. This year’s event will feature an impressive footprint — occupying one full block in the heart of Arlington’s Cultural District. In addition to Porchfest Stage, Open Studios will showcase the work of local artists at three locations, including ACA, Town Hall, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist. Also, Robbins Library will host a Books & Art Sale as part of the day-long event.

For those members of the Arlington Porchfest community who will miss an event in their neighborhoods this year, ACA will soon be posting a DIY Porchfest Guide so that die-hard Porch Hosts and musicians might coordinate some more intimate events of their own for the enjoyment of friends and neighbors this summer and fall as suits their schedules.

Those interested in learning more about Porchfest Stage, DIY Porchfest Kits, and Arlington Porchfest 2022, please check be here regularly, or visit

Missing Arlington Porchfest?

So are we!  Although our hopes are high as the world is slowly opening up again, it’s clear that the near future is too uncertain for us to present the “good old Porchfest” we all know and love this June.   As we think of what we can do to encourage our community of performers and their audiences, we are guided by our recent survey of past Porchfest participants, which showed a strong preference for an event that features music and art in live, covid-safe settings, as opposed to any virtual substitute.
What would a scaled-down, covid-safe, live, “in-the-spirit-of-Porchfest” event look like? We are working with town officials to explore our options for an afternoon of music that will be workable within state and local requirements.  We are early in these discussions, so it’s too soon to know “if, when, where, and how”.
So stay tuned!

Dirty Water Brass Band Celebrates 10 years!

Because we are not able to perform live right now due to Covid-19, we put together this 10 year retrospective of our band, for you. We hope you enjoy it and we plan to be out performing live shows as soon as possible. Enjoy and we hope to see you soon !!