Porchfest Benicia!

Photos by Michael Van Auken

What is Porchfest?

In broadest terms, Porchfest is an annual music festival. Porchfests are held across the United States and in Canada on front porches, storefronts and driveways. Porchfest began in Ithaca, New York, in 2007, and brought musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community. There are now over 125 Porchfests across the country.

Porchfest music festivals began as a means for neighbors and local community members to highlight their music on front porches with the idea of promoting the community, music and, ultimately, their town.

This year, Benicia is joining the Porchfest ranks.

Why? Benicia is a hub for artists, and we have a wealth of stellar musicians. We also just so happen to have some pretty great porches. Porchfest Benicia will involve vintage homes, as well as businesses and restaurants on First Street. It will be a celebration of just a few of the assets that make Benicia special. And what better way to communicate what Benicia is about than through music?

The music is diverse and will range from country to rock, pop, reggae, blues, jazz, Latin, R&B, folk and many others. The lineup of musicians to take the “stage” on porches and First Street venues will range from local favorites to talent beyond Benicia borders.

Live music will be played from 1-5pm on September 21st from the beautiful porches of between eight and ten vintage homes, in addition to eight First Street locations. Adding to the festivities, local shops will have Porchfest specials and restaurants will have special “To Go” boxes for guests so that festival goers can nosh as they cruise from one porch to another.

Benicia Magazine is proud to be bringing the inaugural Porchfest Benicia to the community.

We are taking great care to communicate with the residents, shops and restaurants so that everyone may benefit from this wonderful day. Off-site parking lots will be available with shuttles to the event. And to add depth and interest to the ride, the story of Benicia will be told by docents from the Museum of History Benicia while guests are en route. A trolly will take visitors up and down First Street with stories about our vintage homes. Maps and schedules will be circulated and surrounding communities will be invited to partake.

Porchfest Benicia is a free event and is open to all. For those who want more out of the experience, VIP tickets will be offered. Stay tuned for more information about Porchfest Benicia as the event draws nearer. For now, save the date, September 21st, and invite family and friends to experience this festival of community, music, and of course, porches with you!

Porchfest artist playing guitar