Porchfest is back! Registrations for performers, volunteers and food vendors are open.

“It’s been three years since the last Porchfest in Ithaca, and we’ve all been through things,” organizers of the annual neighborhood music festival said in announcing that Porchfest would return on Sunday, September 25. “It feels like we need a nice big outdoor community celebration more than ever.”

The Fall Creek Brass Band lighting up a porch during a past Porchfest. 14850 photos in the file.

The annual concert on porches, patios and yards along the streets of Ithaca City’s Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021. As always, Porchfest creates a programming challenge, as organizers schedule dozens of bands trying to ensure musicians playing in multiple acts have plenty of time to move between porches and schedule dozens of porches trying to minimize noise overlap.

Musicians and bands interested in performing must first line up a porch – their own, or that of a friend or neighbor in designated parts of Ithaca’s Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods – and then apply to perform. , providing email addresses for everyone involved and all time slots everyone is available.

Stone Cold Miracle performing at Porchfest. 14850 photos in the file.

“No performances will be permitted on Cayuga, Lincoln, Tompkins or Hancock streets,” they say. “We need to keep these streets open and free of crowds in case emergency vehicles need to pass. If you live on one of these streets, please find a friend’s porch to play somewhere else in the neighborhood.

“It takes a lot of people to keep Porchfest going safely,” organizers said with a call for volunteers. “Most volunteers will be stationed at barricades near street closures, to redirect traffic and escort residents’ vehicles in and out as needed. Others will be stationed in our information tents or cycled around to help deal with the crowds on the street and the excessive volume of performers.

Food sellers are also encouraged to apply, and while there is no application fee, sellers who are approved will be asked to submit a $100 refundable security deposit and a $200 seller fee. $.

Since Porchfest began in Ithaca in 2007, with 20 groups brought together by neighbors Gretchen Hildreth and Lesley Greene after being inspired by an outdoor ukulele game, at least 170 other venues have launched their own Porchfests across the United States and in Canada. Trumansburg Porchfest was earlier this year, and the one happening is Fair Haven Porchfest on Sunday, August 14.

The 14th Annual Ithaca Porchfest will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 25.

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