We Found the Largest Free Outdoor Music Festival East of the Anacostia

Rasha Jay. Image courtesy: Porchfest DC

Porchfest is a day of mini-concerts held on front porches and lawns.  It’s always a great day of songs and celebrations, as dozens of poets, singers, bands, DJs and other artists — representing a variety of genres — perform for passersby.

This year’s Southeast Porchfest happens to fall in tandem with the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Hillcrest community on Sunday, May 19th, 12 pm – 6pm.  This double festival effect makes Southeast Porchfest the largest free outdoor music festival held East of the Anacostia River!

It kicks off outside of the Francis Gregory Library (3660 Alabama Avenue, SE), goes on to W Street and 32nd Place SE, then on and on until ending up at Gainesville Street SE, all on a ten stop tour.

Porchfest 2018. Image courtesy: Porchfest

“Last year’s Southeast Porchfest ended with the crowd dancing in the streets,” said Porchfest DC organizer, Ayanna Smith. “There is no doubt that this year’s festival will be even bigger and better! We are particularly excited to feature some of the area’s top emerging talent as well as the opportunity to showcase one of the most beautiful communities in Washington, DC.”

The final lineup is here, so bring a lawn chair and walking shoes and get ready to try out some food truck fare at Porchfest, the neighborhood party.

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