Porchfest 2018: Gem of a festival in North Florida

Cain't Never Could band at Porchfest 18

The first time I went to Porchfest in the Springfield community of Jacksonville (FL), I was in awe of everyone coming together to share music and admiration for the unique homes. Porchfest is a free event. People can stroll the wide streets and hear music on porches throughout the neighborhood. Food trucks, kids’ activities, and a big mix of musical styles await those who come out for the 2018 festival. 

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

There’s a musical group to satisfy just about any taste. You can see the lineup at the Porchfest website where there’s also a link to the porches where people will play. You can also shop for unique gifts for the approaching holidays—there’s even a list of vendors and food trucks on the website. I have personal experience with products from Maddy D’s—you won’t be disappointed if you try what they’re selling.

Rebecca (Day) and sister Jennifer, The Crazy Daysies, (sponsored by Iberia Bank) will play Porchfest from 12-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1416 Silver Street. Rebecca and Jennifer are my daughters.

I’ve heard tunes from Cain’t Never Could (sponsored by Traditions Realty), and you should check out this talented group who will play at 1217 Laura Street from 2-3 p.m

Popular Florida folk musician Al Poindexter and Springfield Open Mic (sponsored by Roux Art and the Polkeys) will play at 1446 Silver Street from 1-2:30 p.m.

To see all the porches and who will be making music on them, check out the page on the website.

I haven’t heard all the bands who are playing, but I have attended every Porchfest and I’ve enjoyed every musical act I’ve heard there.

When we’ve attended, parking was easy and crowds were friendly. It’s a great family event, and it looks like the weather is going to be fantastic. Hat tip to the organizers and to the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization organization for this annual gem of a festival in North Florida.

(Kay B. Day/Nov. 2, 2018)

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