PORCH FEST IN PORT AUSTIN
Now entering its fourth year, and already firmly established as a “must attend” musical event in the Thumb, Porch Fest returns to Port Austin on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Once again, porches and sites throughout the city will come alive with the sound of music during a four- hour period between 1:00-5:00 PM.
The first official Porch Fest is credited to Ithaca, New York, which hosted its first event of this type in 2007. Variations have sprung up in other locales throughout the United States and Canada since. We are proud to say that our Port Austin event in 2016 was the first ever in Michigan, and now other cities and communities have come up with their own variations.
On June 22, music lovers, visitors and residents alike, will be able to stroll casually from venue to venue, following well-prepared maps which conveniently provide the time(s) each entertainer is performing, the type of music each performs, and the location of each site. These maps will be available on this website and in the monthly Port Austin News a week or so before the actual event, with hard copies available the week of and on June 22 itself.
In 2018, we introduced a bus service which was available to transport listeners to sites a bit removed from others and also to assist those with limited mobility, and it proved to be a welcome addition. In addition, we lined up many of our entertainers to perform that evening at various local pubs and restaurants, thereby extending an already fun-filled day into a great evening out on the town.
Present elsewhere on this website are photos from past Porch Fests, showing off our entertainers, our porches, the crowds, and our beautiful little town. Beginning in April 2019, a listing and photos of this year’s performers will be introduced under the heading “2019 Lineup – Musicians.”
Portions of this site, portaustinmusic.com, will be updated periodically between now and June. Please check it and our Facebook page, as well as the Port Austin Chamber of Commerce website (portaustinarea.com), on a regular basis to keep abreast of updates. Finally, if you are a musician or are aware of musical acts which you think might like to participate, please alert them to the participate page on our website. For now, think Porch Fest in Port Austin, June 22, 2019. Thanks for your interest!