Community and campus connect for Princeton's first Porchfest

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.

Porchfest, Hot Jupiter at 185 Nassau

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.

Porchfest, audience during Tora Taiko

Princeton Tora Taiko also took the stage at the 185 Nassau St. "porch" as spectators watched from folding chairs and blankets.

Porchfest, Katya Nirschl from Yardley PA, Piano at Hinds Plaza

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.


Porchfest, Payton Croskey ’23 (Blue Hat) and Chioma Ugwonali ’24 (Brown Sweater)

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.

Porchfest, The Shaxe at 102 Witherspoon

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.


Porchfest, audience for The Shaxe at 102 Witherspoon

The Shaxe show attracted a happy springtime crowd at Princeton's inaugural Porchfest.


Porchfest, audience during J. Paris at 185 Nassau

Audience members got into the Porchfest spirit at the University stage along Nassau Street, dancing to J. Paris.