Frequently Asked Questions

What is PorchFest?
The Franklin PorchFest is a community music festival. Musicians play on the front porches and residents enjoy lots of FREE music and local color as they walk and bike around Franklin to music venues.
Where does Franklin PorchFest take place?
The majority of PorchFest performances will take place on porches within Franklin's Cultural District which is concentrated around the Town Common.  Additionally, performances could be held on patios, lawns, driveways or on municipal building properties within the district.
Who performs at PorchFest?
Any band or musical group/solo act can perform. We will tap into local artists around the Franklin area who perform anything from Jazz to Rock music - there will be something for all ages. Interested performers can easily register on this website.  A list of performers and a map showing performance locations and times will be uploaded to the website closer to the date of the event.
How much will it be to attend PorchFest?
The event is totally free, listen to as many bands are you like - there is no cost. The only thing we ask is that you attend as many performances as you can and bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy the performance.
How do I know what bands are performing?
An event map and schedule will be posted to the site once we have the information on the bands performing. Check the site closer to the event date for the most current times and locations.
I would like to do I register?
If you are with a band and would like to perform at Franklin’s PorchFest event, simply complete the registration on this site and submit your request. PorchFest is a free music festival and bands or acts are not compensated for performing.
Will there be bathrooms?
Yes, there will be portable bathrooms setup at the Manor across from the Town Common.
Is there a rain date if the event is canceled?
Yes, in the event the June 1 date is rained out, the Franklin PorchFest will be moved to Sunday, June 2 from 12 – 6pm. In the event of cancellation, we will update the website to reflect this no later than by 6:00 pm the night before the scheduled event date.
Do musicians get paid?
PorchFest is a FREE music festival. Organizers, performers, and porch hosts are not compensated and are freely giving their time and talent. If you would like to support a band, you are welcome to donate at the performance.
Who is organizing the Franklin PorchFest?
Through a generous grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council and Franklin Cultural District and through the hard work of the volunteer PorchFest Resident Committee, we can bring this great event to Franklin.