The concept of porchfest began back in 2007 in Ithaca, New York, and on the heels of its success, porchfests began spreading to over a hundred cities across the United States and Canada.
Here in Brunswick, Georgia, an enthusiastic group of Historic Old Town neighbors got together in 2018 and decided to try creating our own version of porchfest. We knew the inviting front porches of our historic homes would be the perfect backdrop to showcase the diverse talent of our performing arts community. We also knew our neighborhood would embrace the idea of turning their porches into stages for a day. We culled together each of our talents and spent months organizing and promoting the inaugural event and managed to sign up 28 porches and performances, with everyone involved graciously donating their time. Our organizing committee took a risk investing our own money, hoping the inaugural Brunswick PorchFest would be a success. On the day of the big event, the weather took a turn, pouring rain all day. But the people showed, they stayed, and they danced in the rain. It was so much fun on a rainy day that we felt it was definitely worth doing again, so our annual Brunswick PorchFest was born!
In our second year, we doubled our number of porches and performances to 50 and opened up the event to sponsors. The outpouring of support from our local businesses was yet another highlight of our community’s goodwill as it ensured this DIY music festival would continue to be sustained as it evolves and grows.
Brunswick PorchFest 2021 was magical once again with perfect weather and great music! We’re already looking forward to next year to spend another Sunday afternoon with you, strolling down our tree-lined streets, enjoying the talented performances we will have lined up for you on November 13th, 2022!