Carmel PorchFest

Carmel PorchFest is a free, family-friendly community event where a variety of musical acts perform live on neighborhood porches. Food and beverage vendors are available. The featured musical acts range from acoustic to electric, solo to ensemble covering multiple different musical genres. 

The first PorchFest was held in Ithaca, New York in 2007 and has grown every year since.  It began as a grass roots opportunity to bring the community together and showcase local musical talent in a casual setting. Since it’s beginnings in Ithaca, PorchFest has expanded to cities all across the United States, with Carmel joining the ranks in 2014. 


When is Carmel PorchFest?

Carmel PorchFest is scheduled for Sunday, September 15th from Noon – 6 pm, 2024. (no rain date)

Where will Carmel PorchFest take place?

On 1st Ave NW and 2nd Ave NW between 1st Street NW and 6th Street NW in Old Town Carmel. This area is between Range Line Road and the Monon Trail and north of Main Street and South of 136th Street/Smokey Row Road.

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Will streets be closed in my neighborhood?

The Carmel PorchFest area will be open to foot traffic only. No on-street parking will be allowed from 6 pm Saturday, September 14th until 7 pm Sunday, September 15th, 2024.

What kind of musicians will be playing?

There will be a wide variety of musical styles at Carmel PorchFest for your listening pleasure! A range of performers are expected, from string quartets to garage bands, and acoustic folk groups to maybe even a brass ensemble or two. 

How should I prepare?

You can stroll through the venue, bring a folding chair or blanket to sit down and enjoy your favorite bands. Feel free to bring food and beverage, or enjoy our on-site options.


We need a strong team of Volunteers to make our events successful.  If you are interested in being a part of the team, visit the link below. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you closer to the event with further details.  There is a free t-shirt involved

Carmel PorchFest Volunteer

Late Night on Main Volunteer


The Sophia Square parking garage is steps away from Carmel PorchFest, located at 31 1st Ave NW.

– Public Parking is available at:

Bike racks are also available at the main entrance to Carmel PorchFest. 

Can I bring pets?

Pets can attend, but must be on a leash.