2024porchfestUPDATED June 11: This coming weekend, hundreds of household porches througout Arlington are to be transformed into temporary stages for this year’s annual Porchfest: Saturday, June 15, from noon to 6 p.m. This family-friendly event is free to attend; the performers also are donating their time, organizers note.

Several communities around the country participate during the warmer parts of the year in this event, which brings residents to their neighbors' front yards, lawns and stoops to enjoy live music. Municipalities across the state participate in the festival season, including Somerville, on May 11, and performances are expected to play elsewhere until the fall. 

Earlier in the spring, residents could sign up to perform in the festival or to host others. The Arlington Center for the arts' Porchfest website says that more than 100 locations in Arlington have registered to host musicians this Saturday.

Attendees can expect a wide range of genres to be played throughout the day, with 91 Americana acts, 85 pop performances, 81 singer-songwriter shows and more.

In addition, festivalgoers can expect to see artwork and some exhibitions from resident artists displayed on their porches. A list of households showcasing artwork is viewable here >>

The festival takes place outdoors so that residents can stroll through town to enjoy the music and sights. The rain date is Sunday, June 16. "If we use the rain date, we will announce that no later than 8 a.m. Saturday morning, June 15 (on this site as well as via social media and emails to all registered participants)," the FAQs say.

View a searchable map of the expected acts playing throughout town, including show times and genres, here >> Learn more details and frequently asked questions here >>

The event is a free, family-friendly event from the Arlington Center for the Arts, in support of live arts and local vibrancy.

As in past years, the town, via its Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, plans to host an additional concert at the conclusion of the event -- Garage Band," slated for 6 p.m. More details are here >>

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This news announcement was published Monday, June 10, 2024, based on information from the Arlington Porchfest website. It was updated June 11 to correct the sponsor of this event as well as the number of registered porches.