ASBURY PARK PORCHFEST
AP Porchfest is a 501c3 charity that has been putting on a free day of live music in Asbury Park since 2018. In that time, there have been more than 600 performances by an amazing group of local bands ranging from Americana to Rap, from blues to Broadway. And thanks to you, we have raised over $50,000 for local charities. This year we are proud to support Mercy Center and the Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-MP). Mercy Center supplies needed food to more than 3,500 local families, and your donations last year helped the feed more than 2,000 people. AP-MP celebrates the stories of Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue, a former jazz mecca where luminaries such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington once played. Among other efforts, the organization is working to bring the legendary Turf Club back to life.
Sponsor A Porch
Whichever level you choose, you are helping those in need in Asbury Park while contributing to the great music scene in the community.
SILVER, $250-$499: Gets you 1 PorchFest T-shirt, two seats on an assigned porch for the entire day, and a mention in the PorchFest event program.
GOLD, $500-$999: Gets you 2 PorchFest T-shirts, 2 seats on a porch of your choice for the entire day, a 1/2 page ad in the PorchFest event program, a link to your website on the PorchFest webpage, and designated space to hang a 24x26 inch business banner on the porch you choose (sponsor provides banner)
PLATINUM, $1,000-$4,999: Gets you 4 PorchFest T-shirts, 4 seats on a porch of your choice, a link on the
PorchFest website to your webpage, designated space to hang a 24x26 inch business banner on the porch you choose (sponsor provides banner), and a FULL page ad in the PorchFest event program
BLACK, $5,000-$10,000: Gets you 4 PorchFest T-shirts, 4 seats on a porch of your choice, a link on the PorchFest
website to your webpage, designated space to hang a 24x26 inch business banner on EVERY PORCH (sponsor provides banners), and a FULL page ad on the back page of the PorchFest event program
2023 AP Porchfest Proudly Supported By
Special Thank You
...to Puppy Grease, We're Ghosts Now, The Way Out, The Struggle, Ed Seifert, The Make Three, Dark City Strings, Steve Peckman Trio, Surfing for Daisy, Gaia Raga, and the Sam Houseal Band for sharing their sound equipment with their porches for the day.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is PorchFest walkable?
Yes - Asbury Park is very walkable! You can walk, ride bikes or scooters, and push strollers as you move from porch to porch. Please use sidewalks when moving from house to house and enjoy music on lawns and walkways at each location. The APPD has asked that PorchFest participants not stand in the street at participating Porch Fest locations.
What should I bring with me?
Bring your own folding chair, water, and an umbrella just in case we get sprinkles or to block the sun. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes..
What should I leave at home?
- No open containers are permitted at PorchFest. The APPD has informed us they will issue summonses to PorchFest attendees for open containers..
- While you can bring your WELL-BEHAVED dog, we don't recommend it. YOU are responsible for your dog's actions. Some dogs get nervous around crowds and loud music. We wouldn't want a dog bite or fight to ruin everyone's day!.
Will there be bathrooms?
PorchFest host homes are not obligated to provide facilities to participants. Please plan accordingly and patronize local eating and drinking establishments before, during, and after PorchFest..
Eating and drinking?
Attendees are welcome to bring water. We will highlight local food vendors closer to the event. Porches that sponsor food trucks will be noted on Map along with some local eating establishments..
Do the artists get paid?
NO! All PorchFest musicians, administrators, and event day assistants are volunteers. Admission is FREE and open to the entire community. Performers are encouraged to sell their CDs and other merchandise at the event. Donations at individual PorchFest sites benefit the Asbury Park Homeowner's Association..
Are you closing the streets during this event?
Stay tuned for updates on street closures for PorchFest 2023..
Is there a rain date?
Yes, but let's hope we don't need it. Should we be rained out, we will move the fun to Sunday, October 1.
Where did my donations go last year? Glad you asked.
The 6th annual Porchfest took place on September 10th, 2022, with more than 5,000 attendees. Your generous donations helped Mercy Center feed more than 2,500 local food-insecure people, provided seed funding for Interfaith Neighbors’ development of a free pre-K center in the neediest section of Asbury Park, and supported the Asbury Park African-American Music Project, which is revitalizing Asbury Park’s historic jazz scene and working to revive the legendary Turf Club on Springwood Avenue..
- Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) celebrates the storied history of Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park. AP-AMP's mission is to share the music, cultural heritage, and stories of Springwood Avenue through oral histories, research, writing, and programs..
- Interfaith Neighbors assists the less fortunate in meeting life’s necessities and seeks to improve the quality of life in local communities. It offers eight distinct programs: affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, SOAR, Meals on Wheels, rental and mortgage assistance, a business development center, and Kula Cafe and Kula Urban Farm. In addition to funding free meals for AP residents in need, Interfaith helps fund The Launch Center on Springwood Ave. This free resource helps people in Asbury Park with life coaching, career preparation, small business coaching, and much more. Interfaith is also launching an early childhood learning center in the Southwest section of the city, which will provide free care for local children from birth to age 3..
- Mercy Center strives to alleviate generational poverty, by providing services, programs, and education in the Asbury Park area. It seeks to empower people, enrich lives, and educate children, and in addition to its free and extensive food pantry (which serves 3,000 food-insecure families), it offers personal care items, clothing, and temporary assistance with utility bills, a Family Resource Center, and the Sisters Academy of New Jersey, a tuition-free, independent school for girls in grades four through eight..
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