WHAT IS PORCHFEST?
PorchFest was founded in Ithaca, NY in September 2007 by neighbors Gretchen Hildreth and Lesley Greene. Over the years the concept of hosting performances on front porches, for an audience who moved from home to home, has grown with communities around the U.S. organizing PorchFests of all sizes. Asbury Park’s passionate connection to music, its beauty and camaraderie, and its beautiful porches make it an ideal town for our own annual PorchFest. 2021 is our 5th annual PorchFest!
This family-friendly, FREE event features musicians from a wide variety of genres. Afternoon entertainment will include dozens of performers on porches throughout the city. Attendees will stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. A Program Guide will be available and a map of porches and performers will be posted here.
This is a FREE event. AP PorchFest is completely coordinated by volunteers who believe in the power of music and understand that engagement builds strong communities. Show your support for local music, the arts, and your community by sponsoring a porch, placing an ad in the event program guide or by simply making a donation.
Asbury Park PorchFest is a 501 (c)(4) non-profit organization.
ASBURY PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1995, the 500 members strong Asbury Park Homeowners Association is a not-for-profit corporation providing resident homeowners with an organized means of gathering together to enhance the quality of life in our City.
We remain politically active, currently taking on the issues that concern us all. From Short Term rentals to Parking, from Bike sharing to Taxes – the APHA is there to the represent home owners interest. We also aim to serve all residents of Asbury Park and so have held food drives, helped clean our parks, and now are bringing you Porchfest.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In this crazy new normal and time of COVID-19, we're committed to hosting another safe and fun music event. We will adhere to all current COVID protocols on the day of PorchFest and will update this page with specifics as we get closer to the event.
Covid rules change all the time. Please check the New Jersey COVID-19 Information hub or call 211.
Is PorchFest walkable?
Yes - Asbury Park is very walkable! You can walk, ride bikes or scooters, and push strollers as you move from one porch to another. While you can bring your WELL-BEHAVED dog, we don't recommend it because you will be responsible for your dog's actions. Some dogs get nervous around crowds and loud music. We wouldn't want a dog bite or fight ruining everyone's day!
What should I bring with me? What should I leave at home?
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!
Eating and drinking?
Attendees are welcome to bring water and we will highlight food vendors near the event as we get closer.
Do the artists get paid?
No – actually we are all volunteers. All planning and participation is done on a volunteer basis. Admission is FREE and open to the entire community. Performers are also free to sell their cd’s and other merchandise at the event. Donations are taken to help Asbury Park Homeowner's Association.
Are you closing the streets during this event?
Currently there are no plans for street closures.
Will there be bathrooms?
PorchFest host homes are not obligated to provide any facilities.
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 Saturday, October 9, 2021.