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Tap your foot at these Boston-area porchfests

Experience free, communal, live music.

Alex McKue and Sam Smith performing on a porch during the Jamaica Plain Porchfest in 2019. Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

The days are getting longer and the weather’s getting warmer, which means it’s officially porchfest season. The first porchfest was held in Ithaca, New York in 2007, and the concept has since expanded to porches in cities and towns across the country, bringing amateur musicians together for an afternoon of free, live music from neighborhood porches and front yards. Somerville hosted its inaugural fest in 2011, the first porchfest in the Boston area. This year, Somerville Porchfest kicks off a season of fests across the city and beyond on May 13. Read on for all of this year’s confirmed porchfests.

Somerville Porchfest

On Saturday, May 13 from noon to 6 p.m., hundreds of musicians perform on porches throughout Somerville. Porches west of Willow Ave will perform from noon to 2 p.m., porches between Willow Ave and Central St will perform from 2 to 4 p.m., and porches east of Central will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.

Newton Porchfest

Newton Porchfest returns to porches, lawns, and driveways throughout Auburndale, Lower Falls, and Waban on Saturday, June 3 from noon to 6 p.m.

Medford Porchfest

Medford Porchfest will take place on Saturday, June 3 from noon to 5 p.m. Signups for both hosts and performers is open through May 21.


Dorchester’s porchfest (called Dorchfest, of course), running for the second year in a row, is happening on Saturday, June 3 and 10 more bands will join the roster this year.

Fenway Porchfest

The 4th annual Fenway Porchfest returns on Saturday, June 10, bringing outdoor music to parks, gardens, and parking lots in this neighborhood with few porches.

Winchester Porchfest

Winchester’s Porchfest brings live music, poetry, dance, and storytelling to the town on Saturday, June 10 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Malden Porchfest

Malden’s Porchfest on Saturday, June 10 includes neighborhood block parties and a city-wide trolley from noon to 7 p.m.

Arlington Porchfest

On Saturday, June 17, Arlington Porchest runs from noon to 6 p.m., with West Zone performances from noon to 4 p.m. and East Zone performances from 2 to 6 p.m.

Dedham Porchfest

Dedham Porchfest is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and a detailed schedule and map will be posted on the event site.

Reading Porchfest

The fifth annual Reading Porchfest is the afternoon of Saturday, June 24. The town will also celebrate Juneteenth that day with speakers, food trucks, games, and a beer garden.

Quincy Porchfest

Quincy hosts its porchfest on Saturday, June 24 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Merrymount, Wollaston Hills, and Squantum neighborhoods.

JP Porchfest

Jamaica Plain’s porchfest is Saturday, August 19 from noon to 6 p.m. Since 2014 the event has brought the JP community together, complete with a designated “community hour” from 3 to 4 p.m.

Milton Porchfest

Milton’s Porchfest, which began in 2017, will bring live music to the town’s Columbine Cliffs neighborhood on Saturday, September 9 from noon to 6 p.m.

Swampscott Porchfest

Porchfest returns to Swampscott on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Melrose Porchfest

Always on the last Saturday of September, Melrose Porchfest this year is the afternoon on September 23.

Hull Porchfest

Hull’s porchfest will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the town’s Kenburma neighborhood.

Roslindale Porchfest

On September 23, Roslindale Porchfest will run from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., with performance time slots at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

West Concord Porchfest

West Concord Village hosts its porchfest on September 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s festival includes an Acoustic Village and a karaoke stage.

Brookline Porchfest

The 8th annual Brookline Porchfest, presented by Arts Brookline and Brookline Music School, returns Saturday, September 30.

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