Here’s what you need to know about Porchfest 2017: Dayton’s newest festival


Here’s what you need to know about Porchfest 2017: Dayton’s newest festival

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The inaugural Dayton Porchfest is set for Aug. 26 in Dayton's St. Anne's Hill neighborhood.

If the porch is rocking, pull up a lawn chair and sit a while. 

Organizers are finalizing plans for the first ever Dayton Porchfest, which will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood.  

The festival’s “AfterFest” will be held at Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E 5th St., and features music from Nothing but Treble. 

Peter Benkendorf, an eight-year St. Anne’s resident, said the Dayton Porchfest is patterned after a similar festival in Cleveland, his hometown, that started in 2009. 
That festival has 30 bands perform on 30 porches. 

Music at Dayton’s Porchfest will range from jazz to classical to indie rock to accordion and be played on porches in St. Anne’s. 

“It is a chance to showcase the diversity of the music scene (here) in a very different music venue,” Benkendorf said of the family-friendly event. 

He has talked about the idea for a Dayton porchfest for years. Benkendorf decided to jump on it after Libby Ballengee,’s Music Insider, told him that Aug. 26 is national Play Music on the Porch Day.

This year’s Dayton Porchfest will start off much smaller with 12 bands on 12 porches. 

Four bands will play at times in three time blocks. 

“Next year we are going to do a full-blown, all-day affair,” Benkendorf said of the free event.

A schedule will be released to let attendees know what bands are playing Dayton Porchfest and where. 

Music lovers are expected to bring coolers and lawn chairs. There will be a food truck and food sold at Fifth Street Brewpub. 

Parking will be available on the street and in nearby parking lots. 

There are about two dozen porchfests held throughout the country, included Akron’s PorchRockr set for Aug. 19 in that city’s Highland Square area. 

Porchfest in Ithaca, New York’s Fall Creek and Northside neighborhood, is set for Sept. 24. Started in 2007, that porchfest is thought to be the nation’s oldest. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton Porchfest

WHEN: 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

WHERE: St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, Dayton

COST: Free

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