Check out the Official Porchfest 2017 Event Program

We've also got programs around town at Wegmans, Cyber Cafe West, Cavanaugh's Grocery, The Beef, The Belmar, Leroy Package Store, Chroma Cafe, Galaxy Brewing Co, Strange Brew, Parlor City Pizza, Garland Gallery

100+ bands across 40+ porches!

Official Binghamton Porchfest 2017 Host Map (updated 4:00pm, 2017-08-25)

The West Side if the Fest Side! This is your festival map. These locations will be hosting one or more bands throughout the day.

Check out the official schedule below to see who's playing where and at what time!

Official Binghamton Porchfest 2017 Schedule (updated 4:00pm, 2017-08-25)

See you Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 12-7pm!

Binghamton Porchfest is a completely free celebration of community, music, and togetherness , taking place in Binghamton’s West Side neighborhood for the third year in a row on Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

It is the grassroots collaborative effort of hundreds of individual musicians on dozens of resident host porches throughout the West Side of Binghamton — specifically the area including and directly surrounding the historic Abel Bennett Tract.

Based on a grassroots, decentralized festival model created by residents of Ithaca, NY in 2007—which has since led to over 75 similar independently operated festivals across the US and Canada—Binghamton Porchfest turns stoops into stages, yards into venues, neighbors into promoters, and the West Side into a gigantic celebration of community togetherness. Kind of like a giant block party, but with more blocks, more bands, and less mac salad sitting in the heat.

Dozens of residents offer up the use of their front porches to hundreds of different musicians who perform over the course of seven hours to thousands of attendees who spend their afternoon meandering the neighborhood by foot, bike, fancy glowing hoverboard, or unicycle.

While it’s happening, the neighborhood is welcome to make of it what they will: in past years, we’ve seen people offer lemonade stands, garage sales, impromptu break dance showcases, and magic shows, just to name a few.

Sky’s the limit!

It’s a real hoot. Get involved. Come out and join the party.

We’ll be dancin’ in the streets!

I WANT TO HELP

In theory, most of the work that goes into Binghamton Porchfest happens well before August 27th. Once the bands and hosts are signed up and scheduled, the biggest effort is in praying that the sun will shine. The very structure of the festival ensures that everything running smoothly is an automated, neighborhood wide effort, so there’s really not all that much to worry about the day of. The best thing you can do to help is simply tell everybody you know that the West Side is the Fest Side. That said, there’s a few big tasks that need doing in the days leading up to Porchfest, and a few crucial roles people can play the day of. These include pre-festival street teaming, neighborhood liasons, sign painters, and oddly enough, a kickball coach or two. The more hands on deck the better, so if you’re looking to help out, fill out the form below and let us know in what capacity. We’ll be in touch!

VENDING & TABLING

Are you a nonprofit organization looking to hand out pamphlets or raise funds?

Looking for the perfect time to hold a yard sale? Want to get your kids into the lemonade business? Food truck vendor looking to feed the masses? Come on in and join the party!

Because of the decentralized nature of Binghamton Porchfest, we don’t have a traditional vending setup. Our job is to coordinate a music and host schedule and to get the word out to as many people as possible. If you choose to take advantage of the fact that there’ll be so much foot traffic in the neighborhood, be our guest.

Here’s what you’ve got to do: Find a driveway or privately owned spot within the festival area where you’d like to setup and operate. If it’s your place, all the better. If you prefer, reach out to a friend or neighbor and get permission to use their space. As a rule, you should keep your setup no closer than two feet from the sidewalk- DO NOT SET UP ON SIDEWALK OR IN STREET. YOU MUST REMAIN ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

If you’re selling food, you’re responsible for obtaining any permits that may be required by the City of Binghamton.

If you’re making a profit, we urge you to consider sponsoring the festival- our costs are minimal, but we still need all the help we can get paying for programs, posters, portapotties, insurance, etc. Vendors are encouraged to donate 10% of their profits to a local charity of their choice.

Once you’ve got your location set, contact us and let us know who you are, what you’re selling, and where you’ll be, and we’ll do our best to help get the word out. If you want to be included in the festival program, please make sure you’ve contacted us by August 4th.

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PORCHFEST 10K

We’re very excited to announce that in 2017, our friends at the Empire Road Race Series are starting a new tradition- the Binghamton Porchfest 10K Race! Race time is 8:40am on the morning of August 27th- what a great way to start the day! Runners will be greeted by live bands performing at various Westside locations along the route. Immediately following the race will be a block party on Seminary Ave, near Abel's Pub. So if you’re looking to start the party early and get the blood pumping, we’ll see you at the starting line!

More info at the Porchfest 10K Facebook Event Page

CONTACT

Binghamton Porchfest
c/o Triple Cities Carousel
PO Box 2947
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 422-2043

binghamtonporchfest@gmail.com
To reach Festival Director Chris Bodnarczuk directly: (845) 649-2912

Also check us out on Facebook

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s this Porchfest thing you speak of?

It goes like this: Binghamton Porchfest is a completely free celebration of community, music, and togetherness, taking place in Binghamton’s West Side neighborhood for the third year in a row on Sunday, August 27th, 2017. It is the grassroots collaborative effort of hundreds of individual musicians and dozens of resident hosts of the West Side neighborhood of Binghamton (specifically the area including and directly surrounding the historic Abel Bennett Tract), who get together for seven hours on the last Sunday of every August to boogie down with their neighbors to the sounds of over 100 musical acts, presented on the front porches, stoops, and lawns of select homes and businesses.

Based on a grassroots, decentralized festival model created by residents of Ithaca, NY in 2007—which has since led to over 75 similar independently operated festivals across the US and Canada—Binghamton Porchfest turns stoops into stages, yards into venues, neighbors into promoters, and the West Side into a gigantic celebration of community togetherness. Kind of like a giant block party, but with more blocks, more bands, and less mac salad sitting in the heat.

Dozens of residents offer up the use of their front porches to hundreds of different musicians who perform over the course of seven hours to thousands of attendees who spend their afternoon meandering the neighborhood by foot, bike, fancy glowing hoverboard, or unicycle.

While it’s happening, the neighborhood is welcome to make of it what they will: in past years, we’ve seen people offer lemonade stands, garage sales, impromptu break dance showcases, and magic shows, just to name a few. Sky’s the limit!

It’s a real hoot. Get involved. Come out and join the party. We’ll be dancin’ in the streets!

When’s this all go down?

Binghamton Porchfest takes place each year on the last Sunday of August—in 2017, that’s August 27th—from noon-7pm. (While it is technically a rain or shine event, a worst-case scenario rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 3rd)

Where does it take place?

Binghamton Porchfest takes place at various mostly-residential locations in a portion of the West Side neighborhood of Binghamton. Porches is a bit too particular of a word-- you’ll see music performed on stoops, driveways, front yards… you get the idea. Participating locations lie within (roughly) the borders of Riverside Drive, Beethoven Street, Main Street, and Front Street.

Is this a family friendly event?

It sure is! With so many different musical genres being represented, music lovers of all ages are bound to find something to put a shimmy in their step. Bring the kids, bring the in-laws, bring friendly dogs!

I can bring my dog and dress him up in a tu-tu?

Oh yes, you sure can. Pretty please?

I want to be a part of this!

We want you to be a part of this, too! Here’s the links for hosts, performers, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers. If you’ve got an idea that isn’t covered on the website, feel free to drop us a line at binghamtonporchfest@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER SIGNUP FORM 2017 PERFORMER SIGNUP FORM 2017 HOST SIGNUP FORM

What’s the signup deadline?

Interested hosts and performers should sign up no later than 12:01am on Friday, August 4th. We’d give you more time if we could, but in order to get the festival program printed and distributed ahead of time, we need y’all to get on this, quick! If you miss the deadline, we’re not going to tell you that you can’t play music on your front porch, just that we can’t help out with any promo. Sign up early- we want to tell the world about you!

Do I have to sign up to play? Can’t I just play music on my front porch any ol’ time?

You musician types all want a reason to rebel, don’t you? Well no, technically speaking, you don’t need our permission or any sort of official “okay” to sit and strum an acoustic instrument on your porch, on August 27th or any other day. But we’re putting so much work into scheduling this thing, we sure would like to include you in all the promo. By signing up (by August 4th), you become an official part of this neighborhood effort, which means we can put your name on the posters and in the programs and on the website and all that jazz. Which means people will come to see you play! And if we meet our sponsorship goal, it means you get a special “performers” t-shirt, too! What are you rebelling against, Johnny?

Can I walk to all the porches?

That depends on you. To get from one corner of the participating neighborhood to the other, you’re looking at about .6 miles, total. It’s walkable, but can get tiresome if you’re going back and forth all day- plan accordingly! If you’re in a wheelchair, please keep in mind that while the West Side neighborhood is mostly flat, there are a few small hills to conquer. For what it’s worth, we think the best way to experience Binghamton Porchfest is on a bicycle or unicycle.

If you’re planning on driving around the neighborhood, we’d like to remind you to watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians, and expect it to be a big ol’ pain to keep trying to find parking. Share the streets!

Who’s performing?

Pretty much any live musician that wants to be a part of it. Last year, that meant almost 300 musicians performing in almost 100 different acts of varying genres, including folk, rock, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, brass bands, string quartets, acapella acts, punk, hip-hop, old-time, an African drum and dance ensemble, Vaudeville, reggae, a mentalist, big bands, jazz, Celtic, and world music. If you’re interested in performing, be sure to sign up on the Performers page by August 4th. Full lineup will be posted at Binghamtonporchfest.com during the second week of August.

Are the musicians paid?

Binghamton Porchfest is reliant each year on the combined volunteer efforts of hundreds of musicians, hosts, and neighbors. While we’re firm believers of supporting local musicians, an event of this scope simply wouldn’t be possible without the goodwill of the performers.

That said, we’re on a mission this year to hook every musician up with a special performers-only t-shirt, and we can only make that happen if we meet our sponsorship goal, so if you’re in a position to support, we sure would love to hear from you!

Musicians may opt to put out tip jars during their performance or sell music and merch after their set. If you like what you hear, throw something in the jar or bring a CD home with you.

The best way you can support the local music scene is to be an active participant. Binghamton is full of great music, not just on August 27th but on the other 364 days of the year, too. Get on out to shows as often as you can!

I’m a DJ. Can I perform?

As much as we love all our local DJ friends, Binghamton Porchfest is about bringing live bands to the neighborhood- this isn’t the right venue to showcase your talents (unless of course you’re DJing as part of a band/hip-hop group). We’re not equipped to deal with the added licensing fees, permits, and volume control that allowing DJs would entail- we hope you understand!

I’ve got a dance/theatre/improv/etc. troupe that I’d love to showcase at Porchfest!

We’d absolutely love to have you! Drop us a line at binghamtonporchfest@gmail.com and let us know what you’re thinking- we’ll do our best to coordinate with you and help you find the best place to perform!

I’m a food/craft vendor or non-profit organization and I’d like to set up a booth. Can I?

Interested in vending in some capacity at Binghamton Porchfest? Click this link for more info: Vending/Tabling at Porchfest.

Do I need a ticket?

Nope! Binghamton Porchfest is a completely free event. Attendees are encouraged to tip performers, and we’re more than happy to accept sponsorships or donations to offset festival costs like portapotties, insurance, and program printing. For more info, reach out to binghamtonporchfest@gmail.com.

Where can I find a map or schedule?

We can’t really show you this until after signups close, but check back here the second week of August and we’ll have all that ready to go. Additionally, we’ll be distributing several thousand paper programs to area businesses in the two weeks leading up to August 27th. Programs will also be available the day of Binghamton Porchfest at participating porches.

Will you be closing down streets?

We’ve adopted the ‘share the streets’ concept that many Porchfests around the country employ: road closures will be kept to a minimum so as not to interrupt the flow of traffic. Most porches will be located on open streets. Pedestrians and bicyclists should take care to avoid congesting roads, and drivers should expect a larger than normal amount of people in the street. Drive slow, be safe, and share the streets. At a few locations where large crowd sizes are expected, there may be block closures (we’ll update this section when we know where), but this will be kept at a minimum. Watch out for each other!

Where do I pee?

There will be port-a-potties scattered throughout the festival route, and real live facilities are available at a handful of neighborhood establishments, including Cavanaugh’s Grocery (69 Leroy St.), The Beef (62 Leroy St.), Abel’s Pub (65 Rotary Ave.), The Belmar (95 Main St.), The Bundy Museum (127 Main St.), Cyber Café West (176 Main St.) and Recreation Park (Beethoven St.). Check out the festival map for restroom locations.

Will there be food?

Properly licensed NYS food vendors and non-profits are welcome to set up on private property, with permission of the homeowner, throughout the neighborhood. It’s up to you to find a location and secure any necessary vending permits. For more info and regulations on vending, see the link below. If you’re planning anything, let us know so we can include you on the festival map.

Vending/Tabling at Porchfest

Will there be alcohol?

No alcohol will be served as an official part of Binghamton Porchfest, however if you’re looking to grab a quick brew, some of our participating venues are bars/restaurants that will be serving. If you’re looking for a refresher, think of checking out The Beef (62 Leroy St.), Abel’s Pub (65 Rotary Ave.), The Belmar Pub (95 Main St.) or Cyber Café West (176 Main St.). If you’re planning on bringing a cooler, please keep in mind that alcohol consumption/open containers are always illegal on sidewalks and city streets and open container laws will be enforced. Consumption on private property (porches/yards) is at the discretion of each hosting homeowner. Have fun, but remember that there’s kids around and you’ve got to work on Monday!

Is there a hashtag?

We’re not entirely sure what a hashtag is, but sure: #bingporchfest. Feel free to tag us in your tweetagrams and instabooks!

Who organizes this?

Binghamton Porchfest is organized each year as a gift to the community by the Binghamton region’s free monthly arts and culture magazine, Triple Cities Carousel, and a small group of volunteers. Support is provided by our gracious sponsors and donors, and nothing would be possible without the help of our amazing hosts.

What if it rains?

Shh! Don’t even say that filthy word. It’s not going to rain, and shame on you for bringing it up. But since you asked: theoretically speaking, Binghamton Porchfest is a rain or shine event. Organizers will be keeping a very close eye on the weather report in the days leading up to August 27th. If a bit of inclement weather is an issue, we’ll be prepared to confront it with tarps and canopies and if necessary, a few venue changes. Of course, the safety of our performers and attendees is of the utmost importance, and if we’re in for something really bad, rain date is scheduled tentatively for the following Sunday, September 3rd. Keep an eye on our facebook page for any weather related updates. But seriously, it’s not going to rain. It’s not. Stop worrying your pretty little head off about it. And stop saying that word.

What should I bring?

That’s up to you, but we suggest sunscreen, a folding chair or blanket, a bicycle, a cooler, some cash to tip the musicians with, a camera, some friends, and a healthy dose of wanderlust.

Did we overhear you say something about a giant kickball tournament?

You might have. More on that later!

Will there be t-shirts or other merch available?

Yes! We’re excited to welcome back our friends from Muckles Ink for another year! They’ll be live printing a few t-shirt designs at the event. Be sure to check ‘em out. More info and location will be listed as we get closer to August 27th.

During or after their respective sets, bands may be selling tshirts or CDs of their work stage side. If you like what you hear, take something home with you!