JP Porchfest returns July 11

The Jamaica Plain Porchfest music and arts event returns for its second year on July 11 with nearly 130 bands playing outside local homes—and a bevy of other activities, too.

Co-producer Mindy Fried, in a press release, calls the event “a block party on steroids,” adding, “There is so much talent and creativity in this neighborhood, and Porchfest is an opportunity to revel in the arts, break down racial and cultural divides, and have a fantastic time.”

The Porchfest features 128 bands playing on 72 porches, lawns and similar residential environs. That’s twice as many bands as last year’s inaugural Porchfest, which was inspired by a Somerville version.

In addition, there will be a dance party at the Loring-Greenough House in Monument Square, “circus artists” at the Eliot School on Eliot Street, and theater performances at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sumner Hill.

Spoken-word performances will be held at the Egleston Community Orchard on Boylston Street, and storytelling near the Green Street T Station.

Particularly adventurous concert-goers can brave the “Politician Porch” featuring City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley singing.

JP’s Bikes Not Bombs will provide bike tours of the event. And pedicabs will be available to give attendees, including those with mobility issues, a lift from porch to porch.

Co-producer Marie Ghitman said in a press release that diversity and inclusiveness are important to the event, so the organizers reached out to community organizations all over the neighborhood for involvement.

“We believe in the power of the arts as a community-builder, and Porchfest is a powerful vehicle to bring people together,” she said.

The Porchfest is free and runs noon to 6 p.m. For a full list and map of venues, see

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