Porchfest and Rock n Run 5k
Celebrating community through music on the porches of Virginia Highland.
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.
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
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
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!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
This is a free event for all ages, supported by our amazing community sponsors!
|The Torres-Rosen Family||The Kaney Family|
The Schwarz Menagerie
|The Sinclair Brown Family||Ryan Gerrity||The Mehl Family|
|Katie Voelpel/Brett Johnson||The Almassy Family||The Koehler Family|
|Chris & Joy Lybeer Clan||Molly and Rob Long||The Watkins Family|
|The Bledsoe Family||The Hicks||The Moriartys|
|The Menninger-Hacker Family||The McDaid Family|
The Bane Family
|The Reed Family||The Shannon’s|
Chris Heisel and Erica Endicott
|The Howard Family||The Brown Family|
The Babaliaros Family
|The Reiners||The Anton Family||The Morris Family|
|The Shields Family||The Willner Family|
Drewry St. Olson’s
|The Becks||The Detwiler Family|
Doug and Katie Miller Family
|Dylan & Benny Gnatt||The Woodwards|
Hannibal & Ashley Heredia
|The Rebillot Family||The Asher Family||Harward Family|
|The Cummings Family||Elika, Todd, Sawyer, & Miles Hyde||Lena Entrekin|
The DelMedico Family
|The McDaid Family||The Canavans|
|The Shaughnessy Family||The Thomas Family||The Hart Family|
|Press and Grind|
|Moes and Joes|
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
We are all set on performers this year, but check back next year! Hope to see you there!
Are dogs allowed
Will you be publishing a map or list with the address of the porch each of the bands is playing at? Thanks!
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!
Good evening. Are the bands and food trucks only for the 5k participants or open to the public? Thanks
Hi! This is a free event open to the public, pet and kid friendly! Hope to see you there. 🙂
Wonderful! My son’s band is playing so just wanted to be sure before I showed up. Thanks so much!
When will tshirts be available?
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.
Will there be road closures for this event in the neighborhood?
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.”
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?
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!
Hi! For those of us planning to walk around and enjoy the bands, are there limitations in terms of alcoholic beverages (open container laws)?
Hi! Great question! All general laws will still be applicable as we are not shutting down any streets. Please use your best judgement!
Hello. Is there a lost and found from the festival? We are missing a backpack.
Unfortunately, we did not find one or have one turned in. So sorry!
Really enjoyed the food & the music! Bravo. Would like to see Porchfest extended to include St. Charles homes.
Thank you for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed!
How much is a Supporting Sponsor sponsorship?
Hi! Thank you for reaching out! This year the Supporting Sponsorships were $1,500.