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Frequently asked questions about Porchfest

What is Porchfest?
Porchfest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes - on porches, patios, driveways, and lawns.
Where in Malden is Porchfest happening?
It will take place throughout the city.
What kind of groups can perform?
Any and all are welcome! You can play solo or with a group; with instruments or a capella. Any type of music is welcome. We also welcome other types of performances, such as dance or spoken word; use the “other” genre category when signing up.
Do I need to be from Malden to perform?
Will I be paid?
Porchfest is free! Musicians donate their time. Porch owners donate their porch, lawn, driveway, or patio as a performance space.
How long can I play for?
The schedule is hourly and includes time for set up and break down - so in a one hour slot, you’d perform no more than 45 minutes.
How will I know where I’m performing?
If you’d like to perform on a specific porch (your own or a friend’s), please make sure your friend’s porch is signed up and that person selects you from the performer picker page. Hosts will pick performers from that list - first come, first served. Any bands that aren’t selected during that process will be assigned to a porch by Friday, April 5, if porch space is still available.
Should I bring my own equipment?
Yes. Organizers and porch owners will not provide equipment. Porch owners will provide electrical outlets. You’ll need to talk logistics with porch owners before the performance date. We will email you with contact information for your porch owner once a porch assignment has been made.
What about parking?
Parking may be difficult, depending on the porch location. Arrive early and be prepared to walk. You can drop equipment at your porch, but depending on where the porch is located, you may need to park elsewhere.
What if it rains?
We’ve planned a rain date: Sunday, May 19. We will notify you by email if we need to move to the rain date.
How will people know about my performance?
The Malden Porchfest committee will be getting the word out through social media and our website. We’ll ask porch owners to promote performances on their porch to neighbors, friends, and coworkers. You should do the same. Anything you can do to promote your performance is recommended!
What’s the fine print?
We hope you have a great time at Porchfest. By agreeing to perform, host, volunteer and/or attend Porchfest you also agree to participate at your own risk (not that we are anticipating any issues). You agree to hold performers, hosts, volunteers, and/or organizers free of any claim for damages in the event of accident, injury, or disappointment.
Whom should I contact with other questions?
Please email the Malden Porchfest committee at
Thanks to Newton Porchfest for their awesome FAQ for musicians, which we have modeled this page on.