West Philly Porchfest Brings Music and Cheer to the Neighborhood Again

The barrier to entry is low to attend the West Philly Porchfest – a free festival held each year, where everyone is welcome to entertain or play. Just grab a microphone, a friend, maybe a musical instrument, and walk out your front door.

The weather was favorable for the crowds that filled the sidewalks of West Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. They were there to listen to a diverse collection of local musicians perform from their porch stages: genres ranged from punk, ska, bluegrass and rap to electronic, jazz, rock, folk and R&B. Performances also included poetry and comedy.

Jackson Pine performed folk songs on St. Bernard Street for the West Philly Porchfest on June 4, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

For many residents, like Abby Cox and Sarah Dwyer, the day wasn’t just about music, but about socializing and socializing with neighbors – the event marks an unofficial start to summer in the city .

“[It’s the] beginning of summer, everyone went out. It’s nice to see everyone,” said Dwyer, who has lived in West Philly for five years.

“It’s definitely the place to see people you don’t know well enough to make plans, but you’ll probably meet,” Cox said. “So just a nice place to see everyone in the neighborhood.”

West Philly residents Abby Cox (left) and Sarah Dwyer (right) enjoy Porchfest on June 4, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)