Performer Frequently Asked Questions

What is Porchfest?
Porchfest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes - on porches, patios, driveways, and lawns.
Where in Watertown is Porchfest happening?
It will take place throughout the city.
What kind of groups can perform?
Any and all are welcome! You can play solo or with a group; with instruments or a capella. Any type of music is welcome. We also welcome other types of performances, such as dance or spoken word; use the “other” genre category when signing up.
Do I need to be from Watertown to perform?
Will I be paid?
Porchfest is free! Musicians donate their time. Porch owners donate their porch, lawn, driveway, or patio as a performance space.
How long should I play for?
Sign up slots are anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Some of that time will be used for set up and breakdown.
How loud can I play?
Performances should be acoustic or near acoustic or not excessively amplified. Think stripped down sound and equipment needs. The goal is to be heard to the sidewalk, but not down the street. There will be other bands nearby, (and a few sleeping babies!), so please be respectful.
Should I bring my own water or other refreshments?
Yes, we’ll ask Porch owners to provide water but it won’t be required. See below for more info about what is and isn’t required by porch owners.
Should I bring my own equipment?
Absolutely! Organizers and porch owners will not provide equipment. You’ll need to talk logistics with porch owners before the performance date. The organizers will be sure to put you in touch!
Will I be performing on a porch?
Probably, but any outdoor space can be used, including a porch, patio, stoop, lawn or garage.
How will I know where I’m performing?
Once sign-up is complete, we’ll be contacting you to let you know where you’ll be performing and connect you with the porch owner so logistics for the day can be worked out directly with them.
Who will advertise my performance?
We're being supported by the Watertown Public Arts and Culture Committee and will be promoted through them. We'll also promote through our Facebook page. Providing links to your website and social media pages will help us get the word out. We'll request hosts promote performances to neighbors, friends, and coworkers. Anything you can do to promote your performance is recommended!
What about parking?
Parking may be difficult, depending on the porch location. Arrive early and be prepared to walk. You can drop equipment, but depending on where the porch is located, you may need to park elsewhere.
I have other questions, who do I contact?
Please email us at