Natick PorchFest is coming to your neighborhood!Sep 02, 2021 11:24AM ● By Chuck Tashjian
The Natick Center Cultural District is looking for people to host musicians on their Porches, for Neighborhood Coordinators and Musicians to help plan for PorchFest, to be held on Saturday, September 25th, 2 PM - 6 PM.
Please email [email protected] to sign up!
Check out the street list below to see which neighborhoods have been selected:
• Area #1: Washington St., Walnut St., Harvard St., Franklin St., Florence St., David Drive.
• Area #2: Grant St., Wilson St., Sheridan St., Sherman St., Avon St., Garfield St., Chester St., Morse St.
• Area #3: Pond St., Maple St., Plain St., Park St., Western Ave., Floral Ave., Waban St.
Generously sponsored by Music Go Round Boston, located on Rte. 9 in Natick.
What is PorchFest? Natick PorchFest is a grassroots community music festival happening on Saturday - September 25, 2021 from 2pm-6pm. Musicians play on front porches, and attendees enjoy lots of free music and local color as they walk and bike around the neighborhoods. It’s a great opportunity for local musicians to share their talents with their neighbors, and for residents to discover their neighborhoods anew!
Where does it take place? Natick PorchFest will take place on the porches of generous hosts, who are sharing their porches and lawns with neighbors and the community around Pond Street in Natick Center!
Who’s performing? Anyone who wants! We’ll have lots of acts, from home grown to nationally recognized, performing everything from Folk to Techno to Polka. We welcome nonmusical performers as well. Check out our listings ahead of time to plan your route or start at your favorite performer and wander from there.
Who should come? Anyone and everyone! Natick PorchFest is family-friendly and features a wide variety of music so there’s sure to be a band or performance that sparks your interest.
Do I need a ticket? No. Attending the event is completely FREE of charge. Check out one band or twenty! Stay for 20 minutes or all afternoon!
Is there a map or schedule? An event map and schedule will be available on www.natickporchfest.org as we lead up to September 25th. Check our listings for the most up-to-date information, as new bands and porches are joining each day.
What about eating and drinking? Feel free to bring your own food and beverages. If you need to pick up some snacks, please consider the local businesses spread throughout town! Just remember that each venue is someone’s porch, so please be sure that you are respectful and clean up after yourself.
What about beer and wine? Natick PorchFest does not have a contained festival area and will not be selling alcohol (or any food and drink). When in public, you are subject to the usual laws regarding alcohol consumption.
Are dogs allowed? Rules for FIDO are the same as they would be at any other time on the street or sidewalk. Please be aware and respectful of any homeowners’ preferences while on their property as different hosts will likely have different preferences when it comes to dogs.
Where do I park? There is plenty of on-street parking in Natick Center and in the surrounding areas listed. We also encourage walking and biking for those who are able – it’s the best way to soak up as much music as possible!
Will there be bathrooms? No. Please note that porch hosts will not provide restrooms.
What do I need to bring? You won’t need much of anything to stroll around town and enjoy the music. However, if you are planning to settle in for particular a performance, you might bring chairs, a blanket to sit on, or a picnic lunch. Alternatively, if you are planning a schedule of concert hopping, you might want to bring your bike.
Do the musicians get paid? Organizers, performers, and porch hosts are all giving freely of their time and talents. If you would like to support a band, you are welcome to make a donation at the performance.
Who’s organizing this? Natick Center Cultural District, the Natick Community & Economic Development Department and a fantastic team of energetic community volunteers.
I’ve still got questions. Email us at www.natickporchfest.org
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Natick Center Cultural District – home to more than 200 working artists, The Center For Arts in Natick, the Morse Institute Library, The Walnut Hill School for the Arts, many independently owned businesses and cultural organizations, and an active Parks and Recreation Department, all contributing to a busy year-round schedule of arts and cultural events. Visitors to Natick Center can expect an intimate, friendly experience and the rich heritage of a classic New England town, while celebrating a vibrant, contemporary fusion of art, culture and business. Against the backdrop of the quintessential New England town center, a passionate group of committed individuals and organizations work, through businesses and studios, to create a dynamic and diverse community. We work in partnership with the Town of Natick and committed members to cultivate a lively and diverse downtown neighborhood by enhancing the cultural, economic, and social life of our community. Visit www.natickcenter.org to learn more.