Thursday, May 18, 2023

Get Out! It's the Adams Morgan Porchfest on Saturday, May 20 from 2-6 PM

by Peggy Robin

The PorchFest movement has been popping up in neighborhoods around DC and in other cities too....but the Adams Morgan PorchFest is the Big Mama of them all, and it's on this Saturday, 2-6pm, with 70+ bands and ten years of history experience behind it. What a great, compact strolling area is Adams Morgan for this event, where you can easily go from porch to porch with stops at cafes and shops along the way.

Here's the deal:

With over 70+ bands, this AdMo PorchFest Spring edition will showcase some of DC’s best musical talent featuring nearly every musical genre, including classic rock, funk, go-go, rap, reggae, blue grass, classical, and pop. Seventeen porches, patios, and stoops will become stages for the day, drawing music-lovers from around the region into the tree-lined streets and small businesses of Adams Morgan.

Event patrons can pick up a music map and wristband at the event headquarters located in the plaza at the corner of Columbia and Adams Mill Roads NW. Event wristbands are FREE and provide attendees with dozens of discounts at various Adams Morgan businesses. After stopping by the event headquarters, guests can stroll through the neighborhood for nonstop musical performances from 2-6pm, enjoy lunch, dinner, or drinks at a neighborhood hangout, and shop for unique gifts at local boutiques.

Each PorchFest location will host up to four 45-minute sets, all of which are free and open for all to enjoy. The main stage will feature various headliners to include Gordon Sterling and The People, Fanfaire, Bryan Lee Music, and The Experience Band. The Experience Band is the first-ever Go-Go headliner at Adams Morgan PorchFest! Go-Go is a music of celebration and participation, as Go-Go truly thrives with a crowd to dance to the groove and respond to the performer’s proclamations. It’s also the official music of DC! 

The full lineup of performers can be found at

2023 Adams Morgan PorchFest Official Schedule
(schedule & lineup is subject to change)

Spring ’23 PorchFest Wristband Discounts
Pick up your wristband at PorchFest HQ (Corner of Columbia Rd. & Adams Mill Rd. in front of Truist Bank). Unless otherwise noted, most discounts are good all day on Saturday, May 20, but please confirm with the business
The "Get Out!" event of the week is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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