Porchfest and Rock n Run 5k

Celebrating community through music on the porches of Virginia Highland.

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Thanks to everyone for making our inaugural Porchfest a hit! We can't wait until next year to continue the tradition. Check out the video recap from this year.

We’re excited to host our inaugural Porchfest and Rock n Run 5k! We’ll start the day out with a Rock n Roll themed-virtual 5k run. Then, you can walk the neighborhood and hear bands playing from a number of porches. We’ll have food trucks stationed at different locations to savor your taste buds throughout the day.

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    May 8th 2021 from 12 to 6 pm


    Virginia Highland Porchfest is an all day showcase of what Virginia-Highland neighborhood and the greater City of Atlanta has to offer. This spread out event will take place over 5 tree-lined streets in the historic, Virginia-Highland neighborhood. 


    Bands will play simultaneously for 1-hour slots of music on different porches or “stages.” New bands will start on porches at various times throughout the day. Float around to find your favorite blend of music genre and porch stage! 


    Along Barnett Street we will have Food Truck Way at each point where it intersects Virginia Avenue, Virginia Circle, Adair Avenue, Highland View, and Drewry Street. On Food Truck Way, you’ll find 12 of Atlanta’s top food trucks hosted by neighbors. 


    Please wear a mask and social distance. If a crowd is starting to form, or if you see a volunteer waving a red flag, please keep walking and find another band!

    Map and Schedule

    Click here to download our graphic version of the Porchfest map and schedule to either print out or save to your phone. Or, use our integrative Google map and schedule below to help you navigate Porchfest.

    We will also be handing out maps the day of at the information booths located at John Howell Park and Drewry St NE.

    Click on the map legend to see a full list of the band schedule, food trucks, and vendor alley. This legend populates in the full-screen version of the map that pops up when you hit the frame icon at the top-right corner of the map. Pins for porches and band locations are color coated to correspond to the time they play. Click on an individual pin to get the band name, website, and music genre. Save the entire map by hitting the “favorite” button which is a star at the top right corner of the map. You can also save the graphic below directly to your phone! And most importantly, enjoy Porchfest! 

    Explore A Variety of Local Music

    Grub from the Best Food Trucks in Town

    Food trucks at Porchfest include Hero's Doughnuts, Hot Dog Peet's, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Pho Cue, Mocha Pops, Azucar Cuban, Westside Creamery, The Grub Truck, The Slutty Vegan, Your Pie Pizza, Bankhead Seafood, The Pickle Truck, Meatballerz, and The Queso Truck

    Get Your Steps While Supporting the Neighborhood

    Join us at John Howell Park from 9 am to 11 am to pick up your runner swag bag, grab a Hero doughnut, and jam to some tunes from Knock Music House!

    Sign up for Rock n Run 5k

    Follow the link to fill out our sign up form and participate in our Rock n Run 5k!

    Shop Local on Vendor Alley

    An array of local artisans will be selling goods on Vendor Alley, located on De Leon St NE and Virginia Cir NE. Stock up on art, drinks, jewelry, and more while supporting your nearby community!

    Get Involved with Porchfest!

    Would you like to volunteer your porch, or do you have a band that would like to perform? Want to get involved and help-out at the event? Click the corresponding box below to fill out a sign up form and get active in the neighborhood!
    Sign-ups for bands and porches have officially closed, but we are still looking for volunteers!

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

    This is a free event for all ages, supported by our amazing community sponsors! 

    Presenting Sponsor                       

    Supporting Sponsors 

    The Brockway Group Real Estate                                   
    Share the Magic Foundation, Inc.                                     
    Farm Burger                                                                             
    Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio                               
    Taco Mac                                                                                       
    Simpson Organization                             
    Rosewood Roses

    Family Sponsors

    The Torres-Rosen FamilyThe Kaney Family
    The Schwarz Menagerie
    The Sinclair Brown FamilyRyan GerrityThe Mehl Family
    Katie Voelpel/Brett JohnsonThe Almassy Family The Koehler Family
    Chris & Joy Lybeer ClanMolly and Rob LongThe Watkins Family
    The Bledsoe FamilyThe HicksThe Moriartys
    The Menninger-Hacker FamilyThe McDaid Family
    The Bane Family
    The Reed FamilyThe Shannon’s
    Chris Heisel and Erica Endicott
    The Howard FamilyThe Brown Family
    The Babaliaros Family
    The ReinersThe Anton Family The Morris Family
    The Shields FamilyThe Willner Family
    Drewry St. Olson’s
    The BecksThe Detwiler Family
    Doug and Katie Miller Family
    Dylan & Benny GnattThe Woodwards
    Hannibal & Ashley Heredia
    The Rebillot FamilyThe Asher FamilyHarward Family
    The Cummings FamilyElika, Todd, Sawyer, & Miles HydeLena Entrekin

    The DelMedico Family

    The McDaid FamilyThe Canavans
    The Shaughnessy FamilyThe Thomas FamilyThe Hart Family

     In Kind

    Highland Yoga
    Doc Cheys
    Press and Grind
    Moes and Joes
    Taquito Express
    Pink Barre

    If you did not sign up to be a sponsor in time for this year’s Porchfest, but you still want to contribute, consider making a donation to the Virginia Highland District Association. 

    Logistics and COVID-19 Safety



    Find us in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, east of Downtown Atlanta, near the intersections of Virginia Avenue and Barnett Street. Porches will be spread throughout the neighborhood from Virginia Ave NE to Drewry St NE, between N. Highland Ave NE and Ponce de Leon PL NE.

    Parking and Transportation

    Consider walking, biking, or taking a Lyft or Uber. There is very limited street parking.

    Food and Drinks

    At the end of the virtual 5k, Hero’s Doughnuts will be stationed at John Howell Park. Along with our Food Truck Way off of Barnett Street, feel free to bring snacks and drinks or support local businesses like Moe’s & Joe’s and Atkins Park Tavern


    We will have portable toilets located between De Leon St NE and John Howell Park. Additionally, feel free to patronize a local business and use their restroom.

    COVID-19 Precautions 

    For your safety and the safety of others, please wear your mask, social distance. Porches will be monitored to prevent crowds from forming.


    The streets will remain open for traffic, so please stay out of the street. Please abide by local laws. Do not enter any homes of those hosting bands on their porches.


    About the Virginia Highland District Association

    We support our neighborhood by funding neighborhood beautification, supporting local businesses, and hosting events. Learn more on our website or donate to our cause.

    If you have any questions, email us here!

    The event is finished.


    May 08 2021


    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Virginia Ave to Drewry St, and Ponce de Leon PL to N Highland Ave


    Virginia Ave to Drewry St, and Ponce de Leon PL to N Highland Ave

    27 Responses

    1. We signed up for our porch to be used. (959 Todd Rd NE). Can you confirm if we are accepted or not. We would sure like to know and hope that we are in.

      1. Hi Marsha! Thank you for reaching out! We’ve got you on the list and will be in touch soon. Thank you for volunteering your porch, we are so excited!

    2. Hello,
      We just found out about this event and my son would love to perform. Is there any way that he can be added as a performer?


    3. Will you be publishing a map or list with the address of the porch each of the bands is playing at? Thanks!

      1. Yes! The map and schedule are just about finished and will be published to the website, as well as an interactive google map for day of navigating. It will also be published along Barnett St. Thank you!

      1. Hi Emily! T-shirts will be available for porch pick up the Thursday before Porchfest and be able to be picked up at the Main Information Booth at Barnett St. and John Howell Park throughout the day.

      1. Hi Aaron! There will be no formal road closures for VaHi Porchfest; however, traffic will be highly discouraged on Barnett St. from Virginia Ave to. Drewry St. for “Food Truck Way.”

    4. Hi. I am running the 5k that morning. I don’t live in the Highlands, but really want to run one of the routes you suggested. Will the 5k routes be marked that morning?
      Thank you!

      1. Hi! We will have one route marked by yards signs! Recommended running time is 8-11am, starting at Barnett St. & Virginia Ave., so you can enjoy our Rock n Run party at the finish line with games, doughnuts, and music by Knock Music House’s DJ Truck. Thank you for your support!

    5. Hi! For those of us planning to walk around and enjoy the bands, are there limitations in terms of alcoholic beverages (open container laws)?

      1. Hi! Great question! All general laws will still be applicable as we are not shutting down any streets. Please use your best judgement!

    6. Really enjoyed the food & the music! Bravo. Would like to see Porchfest extended to include St. Charles homes.

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