What is Porchfest? Arlington Porchfest is a grassroots community music festival. Musicians play on front porches, and attendees enjoy lots of free music and local color as they walk and bike around the neighborhoods. It’s a great opportunity for local musicians to share their talents with their neighbors, and for residents to discover their neighborhoods anew!

Where does it take place? Arlington Porchfest will take place on the porches of generous hosts, who are sharing their porches and lawns with neighbors and the community! For our second year, Arlington Porchfest is expanding by popular demand to include a zone in Arlington Heights in addition to East Arlington.

Who’s performing? Anyone who wants! Last year we had over 100 local musicians performing everything from Folk to Techno to Polka. We welcome non-musical performers as well.

Who should come? Anyone and everyone! Arlington Porchfest is family-friendly and features a wide variety of music – so there’s sure to be a band or performance that sparks your interest.

Do I need a ticket? No. Attending the event is completely free of charge. Check out one band or twenty! Stay for 20 minutes or all afternoon!

Is there a map or some kind of schedule? Maps and schedules are integrated into this site. A printable map is also available here.

What about eating and drinking? Feel free to bring your own food and beverages. If you need to pick up some snacks, please consider the local businesses spread throughout town! Just remember that each venue is someone’s porch, so please be sure that you are respectful and clean up after yourself.

What about beer and wine? Arlington Porchfest does not have a contained festival area and will not be selling alcohol (or any food and drink). When in public, you are subject to the usual laws regarding alcohol consumption. 

Are dogs allowed? Rules for Fido are the same as they would be at any other time on the street or sidewalk. Please be aware and respectful of any homeowners’ preferences while on their property as different hosts will likely have different preferences when it comes to dogs.

Is there a hashtag? Yes – please use #arlingtonporchfest on twitter, Facebook and Instagram! Tell your friends and thanks for helping to promote the event and the bands!

Where do I park? There is plenty of on-street parking in Arlington. We also encourage walking and biking for those who are able – it’s the best way to soak up as much music as possible!

What about transit? MBTA buses 77, 87, and 350 all serve East Arlington on Saturday. You can also walk (about 25 minutes) from Alewife or Davis T stop. View bus schedules at mbta.com.

Will there be bathrooms? Public restrooms are available at Magnolia Field, Thorndike Field, Spy Pond Park, and Crosby Field, all of which are located in East Arlington. Please note that porch hosts will not provide restrooms.

What do I need to bring? You won’t need much of anything to stroll around town and enjoy the music. However, if you are planning settling in for particular a performance, you might bring chairs, a blanket to sit on, or a picnic lunch. Alternatively, if you are planning a schedule of concert-hopping, you might want to bring your bike.

Do the musicians get paid? Organizers, performers, and porch hosts are all giving freely of their time and talents. If you would like to support a band, you are welcome to make a donation at the performance.

Is there a rain plan? The rain date is 12-6pm Sunday June 4, 2017. 

I've still got questions. Email us at info@arlingtonporchfest.org

Who's organizing this? The Arlington Center of the Arts and a fantastic team of energetic community volunteers.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.


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