Celebrate Bristol PorchFest 2021


Courtesy of Boris Apple

This year’s Bristol PorchFest will occur on September 19 from 3 pm to 6 pm. It will include a variety of singer-songwriters and student performers.

Kayla Ivan, Arts & Culture Manager

Come out and support the 2021 Bristol PorchFest on Sept. 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. This free music event will occur on High Street between Walley St. and Byfield St in Bristol and will be presented by Arts In Common — Bristol’s local organization that strives to help promote arts and culture in the community.

At this year’s PorchFest, the first since Sept. 2019, there will be 18 acts performing from nine different porches in town. The performers will range from soloists to small groups playing acoustically or with low amplification; onlookers may bring their own chairs to sit in or can walk by while listening to different types of music.

The event’s singer-songwriters and bands will engage in a range of genres including 80s-style, electronic, jazz, Broadway tunes, Irish music, Portuguese music, Americana folk music and many other inspirations.

MaryKae Wright, the PorchFest co-chair and a member of Arts In Common, said they “have amazing porches and great local musicians — combining the two is the perfect way to bring together friends and neighbors for an afternoon in Bristol.”

With safety as a top priority, the Bristol police will be patrolling intersections on Sunday afternoon, beginning around 2:45 p.m. and ending around 6:15 p.m.

Local eateries in Bristol will also have specials to complement the event, including favorites such as Portside Tavern, Judge Roy Bean, Bar 31 and The Common Pub.

You are also able to tip the performers if you would like; cash and digital tips are appreciated. The rain date for Bristol PorchFest is set for Sunday, Sept. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information about the event, check out their instagram page: @Bristol_PorchFest