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The Central Neighborhood Association is hosting a free afternoon event showcasing local musicians and talent performances played out on front porches throughout the neighborhood.

Join in the camaraderie

as the community strolls from house to house!


1-5pm Sunday September 17, 2023
Rain or Shine
Scan the QR code at any venue
for schedule and map info


Porches throughout the Central Neighborhood



I don't get it...a Porch festival??

While we love porches and they certainly play a role in this event, we are not merely celebrating porches. Homeowners throughout the neighborhood have generously offered their porches as temporary stages for our local performers. Think of the neighborhood as the festival grounds and the various participating porches as different stages, each with a different lineup. This is a music festival in a community setting.

How do I find the right porch?

We will have a schedule posted on this website, as well as an interactive map to help you navigate the neighborhood during the event!

Why is it free? What's the catch?

No catch! The homeowners donate their porches, the organizers donate their time and energy, and the musicians donate their talents, all so we can have a lovely, music-filled afternoon of entertainment and camaraderie in the neighborhood!

Will the streets be closed off?

Nope, traffic will flow through the neighborhood as usual. We ask, however, that you take public transit or walk or bike to the neighborhood if possible to prevent a surplus of parked vehicles. If you do need to arrive in a car, please try to carpool and aim to park in a nearby city parking deck.

How will I get around?

By confining the event to a single neighborhood, it is extremely walkable! Bring your wagons to tote around the little ones, and mosey from one stage to the next throughout the afternoon. Bikes are a great way to zip from one stage to the next as well!

Will there be concessions?

This year we have plans to reach out to some food trucks to be available during our PorchFest hours in case your tummies are growling.  We will update with names and locations once we have confirmed.

The Central Grade School PTO will have a variety of drinks and snacks available for a donation at 7th and Wadsworth.

Of course, as always, you can just pack some snacks and picnic on the lawns!   Locations will be marked on the map.

So I did a good job staying hydrated, but now...

Say no more! There will be restrooms available at The FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Redeemer Presbyterian Church @ 9th and Wadsworth
Crooked Tree Arts Center @ 322 Sixth Street
Friends Meeting House @ 206 S. Oak

Line Up




Last year's map


Want to offer your porch?
Registration is OPEN !!! 

Want to perform?
Registration is OPEN !!!  
Want to attend?

Just Show Up!



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