What Is Porchfest?

Porchfests are annual music festivals held on front porches in small towns and large cities across the nation, bringing musicians and neighbors together to build community spirit.

June 20, 2020


What is Porchfest? 

Porchfest is a free music festival that is taking place on the front porches of neighborhoods in small towns and large cities across the nation, and it’s coming to Grants Pass again this summer!  

Porchfest is a revival of a tradition from the past, when time moved a little more slowly and folks gathered on their porches to visit with neighbors, family, and friends, brought out the guitar or fiddle, and made music together.    

This family-friendly, free, community-building event, the first in Oregon, and our fourth year of holding the event in Grants Pass, will feature local musicians performing a variety of music genres on the front porches of historic Grants Pass homes. Porchfest occurs in the NW Washington Boulevard area of town, with the participating streets closed down to vehicle traffic.  

Is Porchfest really free? 

Yes – thanks to your donations, the generosity of our sponsors, and dedicated volunteers, we are able to present this event at no cost to our guests.  To help keep this event free, please consider donating, sponsoring, helping or purchasing items at the festival. 

Also, you can choose to tip the performers to show your appreciation of their generosity. 

Besides the music, what else is there? 

In Lawnridge Park, there will be artists and crafter booths; vendors with delicious food will be located throughout the event. Of course, there is a raffle with many donated prizes from Grants Pass companies. 

What should I bring with me? What should I leave at home? 

We advise you to bring folding chairs and blankets for seating in Lawnridge Park and in front of porches. 

Most of our vendors accept both cash and credit cards, so bring one or both for food and merchandise purchases. 

Is Porchfest walkable?  And is it pet and child friendly? 

Yes – our route is only a few blocks long, and the streets where bands are performing are closed to make this event especially pedestrian, child and pet friendly. Friendly, well-behaved dogs on leashes are more than welcome.   

We love kids and kids love Porchfest – all of our music is family friendly, and Lawnridge Park has plenty of room for a little running around.  

Is Porchfest accessible for those with disabilities? 

There is limited handicapped parking in the Bethany Presbyterian Church at NW 5th Street entrance and NW Hawthorne Ave next to Lawnridge Park. 

Is there a schedule or map available? 

Schedules and maps are provided to visitors on Porchfest day at the festival, on our Facebook page and Website as we get closer to the event. 

If the streets are closed, where do I park? 

Normal street parking outside of the event area is available to all. This is a very popular event, please consider carpooling, walking or biking to the event. 

What vendors will be there for food? 

There will be various food vendors throughout the event 

Who organizes this event? 

The organizational effort is led by Rogue Gateway Rotary, a non-profit board of directors and our amazing volunteers. Please consider helping us. We’d love to have you on our team. Contact us at the following email: porchfestgrantspass@gmail.com      

Can I purchase alcoholic beverages? Is alcohol allowed?   

No. Alcohol is not allowed and it will not be sold by any vendor. 

What about restroom facilities? 

Restroom facilities are located near Lawnridge Park and on 4th Street. 

Do you have a lost and found? 

Yes, at the event information booth 

Why do you have sponsors? 

Porchfest Grants Pass is an annual charitable event, with excess proceeds benefitting youth programs in Josephine County.  Porchfest Grants Pass 2019 was a fantastic success, attracting around 2,500 attendees and benefitting youth programs in our community through donations to Family Solutions and CASA of Josephine County.   

How is my donation used? 

Porchfest Grants Pass 2020 will be even bigger, with the addition of more musicians, vendors, porch hosts, and sponsors!  This year we have chosen Family Solutions (https://familysolutionsoregon.org/), CASA (https://jococasa.org/), and Exchange for Change to support; plus, youth programs supported by the Rogue Gateway Rotary Club.   

Do the musicians get paid? 

No one does. Organizers, performers, porch hosts, and others all participate as volunteers and all give freely of their time, talents, resources, and hospitality as a gift to the neighborhood, the community, and to each other. Musicians are free to put out a tip jar or sell their music.  

Are you going to have a raffle this year? 

Yes, there will be a raffle.  Students will be available throughout the venues so that tickets can be purchased.  Tickets may then be placed in the drawing boxes located in front of each raffle item where the baskets will be displayed.  

If I want to make a donation, is it tax deductible? 

Yes, your donation is tax-deductible. 

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