In 2007, the first Porchfest was held in Ithaca, NY. In the almost decade since then, 53 other Porchfests have sprung up in other US and Canadian cities such as San Francisco, Cleveland, Tucson, Montréal and Ottawa. 12 brand new Porchfests, including West Philly Porchfest, will be making their debut in 2016 alone!
West Philly Porchfest began when several folks who had participated in the Somerville, MA Porchfest enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to bring Porchfest back to West Philly. Plus, it seemed like the perfect fit for our neighborhood (we have better porches for sure!).
The first annual Porchfest took place on Saturday, June 4th with 75 acts playing shows at over 30 porches. This year's Porchfest will take place Saturday, June 3rd.
Porch registration was open until 5 PM Friday June 2.
Special thanks to Cedar Park Neighbors, Friends of Clark Park, University City Review, The Art Church of West Philadelphia, Paul Robeson House, Dock Street Brewery, Brown Sugar Bakery & Cafe, The Gold Standard Café, Honest Tom’s Taco Shop, Kaffa Crossing, Milk & Honey Market, Satellite Café, WXPN/The Key, West Philly Local, Fireball Printing (posters & postcards), Campus Copy Center (map printing), Kate Otte (poster design and illustration), Malcolm Culleton (map design) and Jeff Frankl (web design).