For six hours Saturday, porches in Princeton became stages as neighbors hosted live, free entertainment in the inaugural Porchfest, presented by the Arts Council of Princeton with support from Princeton University.
Performers played rotating sets throughout the afternoon in the family-friendly, walkable music festival, which replaced the annual Communiversity event. Springtime crowds strolled among 11 venues, including the Arts Council's home at 102 Witherspoon St., the University's grassy porch-equivalent at 185 Nassau St., and porches around the community.
A selection of photos from the day’s activities is below.
Hot Jupiter was among the many groups performing for Porchfest at 185 Nassau St., the University's popular open-air venue. Among others on the lineup was the Princeton University Band, booked as the day's opener.
Princeton Tora Taiko also took the stage at the 185 Nassau St. "porch" as spectators watched from folding chairs and blankets.
Katya Nirschl from Yardley, Pennsylvania, took a turn at an upright piano installed at Hinds Plaza, part of the Arts Council's monthlong Princeton Piano Project.
Chioma Ugwonali ’24 (left) and Payton Croskey ’23 took a break to enjoy the entertainment at Princeton's first Porchfest, hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton with support from Princeton University.
A crowd gathered for a set by the Shaxe outside the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon St., home to the Arts Council of Princeton.
The Shaxe show attracted a happy springtime crowd at Princeton's inaugural Porchfest.
Audience members got into the Porchfest spirit at the University stage along Nassau Street, dancing to J. Paris.