West Philly Porchfest is an annual do-it-yourself music festival, featuring musicians of all kinds playing free shows on porches throughout the neighborhood. Created by and for West Philadelphia residents, the festival seeks to represent and celebrate the community’s broad musical and cultural diversity.
To build, deepen and celebrate connections within our culturally diverse community by creating a platform for sharing the joys of live music.
The first Porchfest was held in Ithaca, NY in 2007. Since then, Porchfests have sprung up in over 100 other US and Canadian cities, including San Francisco, Cleveland, Tucson, Montréal and Ottawa.
West Philly Porchfest was started in 2016 by five neighborhood residents. Most of them had recently participated in the Somerville, MA Porchfest and thought it seemed like the perfect fit for West Philly (we have better porches for sure!).
The first annual West Philly Porchfest took place on June 4, 2016 with 75 acts playing shows at over 30 porches. In 2017, the event more than doubled, with over 70 porches hosting more than 150 acts.