Featuring 100 Local Bands, 20+ Locations, and a Road Closure Along 18th Street NW
WASHINGTON, DC, October 12, 2023 — Due to forecasted weather conditions and the safety of staff, porch hosts, bands, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees, the Adams Morgan Partnership BID has rescheduled Adams Morgan Fall PorchFest (originally scheduled for this Saturday, October 14). Steady rain, wind gusts, and general unpredictable conditions do not make for a great outdoor event. It is never an easy decision, but after weighing all of the factors and the data at hand, it’s the best decision for all involved.
The new event date will be Saturday, November 4 from 2-6pm. The Adams Morgan Pedestrian Zone (road closure on 18th Street NW between Columbia and Kalorama Roads NW) will also take place this day. The Adams Morgan Partnership BID is working to reschedule porch host locations, bands, and main stage performances and will update the performance lineup on AdMoPorchFest.com in the coming days.
With approximately 100 bands, Adams Morgan Fall PorchFest will showcase some of DC’s best local musical talent featuring nearly every musical genre, including classic rock, funk, go-go, rap, reggae, blue grass, classical, and pop. More than 20 porches, business patios, parks, and the closed 18th Street will become stages for the day, drawing music-lovers from around the region into the tree-lined streets and small businesses of Adams Morgan. And for the first time during PorchFest, 18th Street NW (between Columbia and Kalorama Roads NW) will be closed to vehicular traffic creating additional safe space for people, performances, and fun! This road closure is part of an ongoing initiative, the Adams Morgan Pedestrian Zone funded by the DC Office of Planning’s Streets for People grant program.
Event patrons can pick up a music map and wristband at two different event headquarters locations. The first location is in the plaza in front of Truist Bank at the corner of Columbia and Adams Mill Roads NW. The second location is in front of 2424 18th Street NW inside the road closure. Event wristbands are FREE and provide attendees with dozens of discounts at various Adams Morgan businesses. After picking up a wristband and event map, 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. Due to overwhelming success over the last few years, there will be TWO main stages this year – the Plaza Main Stage (in front of Truist Bank) and the Aetna Main Stage (in Hoffman Alley next to Van Leeuwen Ice Cream). The full lineup of performers can be found at AdMoPorchFest.com. Please note that the lineup in subject to change as there may be event rescheduling conflicts.
The Adams Morgan Partnership BID is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with staffing Fall PorchFest. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, Adams Morgan swag, and complimentary food and beverages the day of the event. Click here to sign up.
Adams Morgan PorchFest is brought to you by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID. This event is generously sponsored by Aetna, a health care company that is working to build a healthier world and is contributing to all of the fun, healthy ways to move throughout the pedestrian zone. Aetna is committed to providing individuals, employers, health care professionals and producers with innovative benefits, products and services. Additional supporting Fall PorchFest sponsors include Events DC, Washington Spirit, Tattoo Paradise, Up N Smoke, Colonial Parking, Gifted Curators, Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC, and Catoctin Creek. Other event partners include DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Squared, and Pipkin Creative.
For performance locations, neighborhood discounts, and more event details, visit AdMoPorchFest.com. Be sure to tag your fun event photos on social media using #AdMoPorchFest and @admobid!
About the Adams Morgan Partnership BID
The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for businesses, commercial property owners, residents, visitors, and employees in the District of Columbia’s most vibrant and eclectic neighborhood. The Partnership provides daily street cleaning, fun neighborhood events, and creative marketing and economic development initiatives. Adams Morgan is world-renowned for its fantastic restaurants and nightlife, colorful retail stores and historic, tree-lined residential streets. The American Planning Association named Adams Morgan one of the top 10 neighborhoods in America.
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