Host 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.
As a porch owner, what is required of me before, during, and after PorchFest?
Here’s the list of Porch Host requirements:
  • Designate an outdoor area on your private property that can accommodate musicians and guests. Porches are great, but any outdoor space will work.
  • Communicate with the performer(s) to arrange for logistics. (Find out when the band will be arriving, find out about their electrical needs, etc.)
  • Help welcome the band upon arrival; be a gracious host to festival attendees
  • Allow musicians access to (only) your porch during their set-up, performance and breakdown times
  • Ensure your porch (driveway, yard) has available space for a band, and is free of clutter that could create a hazard
  • Provide seating, if you have it, for attendees (lawn chairs, blankets, etc.)
  • Help welcome the band upon arrival; be a host to the band and to festival attendees
  • Promote the event in the weeks leading up to May 18th to family, coworkers, and friends,
  • Communicate with neighbors regarding the performance to boost attendance and to avoid complaints about noise
  • This is an all-ages, alcohol-free event. Your help is appreciated in keeping the event viable and safe for everyone.
  • Note that you must be home during the time that musicians are performing on your property.
How long will the band be performing on my porch?
Performers will be selecting to play for 30 minutes, 1 hour, 90 minutes, or 2 hours. You may have a single performance or a combination of those performance lengths that fit within the 12-5pm event time.
Do I need to own my property to sign up as a porch owner?
Yes, private property only please for liability reasons.
Do I have to find performers to play on my porch?
No, performers will be assigned to your porch. (If you know anyone that you want to perform on your porch, please include their name and contact in the Notes area of the registrations. Ask that they request you when they register)
I’m a performer! Can I play on my own porch?
That would be awesome! Just make sure to indicate that when you register.
How will I know who will be playing on my porch?
Once sign-up is complete, we’ll be contacting you to let you know who will be performing on your porch, and connect you with them directly so logistics for the day can be worked out.
Do I have to provide water, refreshments, food?
Water would be great, but we’re asking musicians to bring their own. Any other provisions you provide is up to you!
Do I provide parking for the performer?
No, but it would help if you arrange with the band where they can park temporarily to drop off equipment.
How will folks know that my porch is hosting music on May 18th?
Information will be shared on the website, social media, emails, and flyers. We're counting on you to promote the event as well.
Can I decorate? Can my kids set up a lemonade stand?
Absolutely! Anything you want to set to make your porch a fun place to be, is welcome. We just ask that you don’t block the sidewalks.
I have other questions, whom do I contact?
Please email us at