Where are these Front Porches?
The designated area approved by the City of Ferndale is West of Woodward Avenue and south of Nine Mile – beginning from Troy Street to no further south than Marshall and no further west than Pinecrest Street. And then north of Nine Mile no further than Maplehurst. For a full schedule and porch addresses, click HERE.
Or download a printable version (with map) HERE.
How do I find the porches?
We’re trying to make it easy, so we created a handy dandy map with everything on it. 58 acts is also a lot to fit on a map, so the information is kind of tiny, but you can get a really good overview. Plus - color coded!! Every event listed on the schedule page also has a link to Google Maps so you can plan your route from porch to porch.
How did you find all the porches?
Residents volunteered to be a “host” porch. They are providing their time and access to power for performers if needed. We couldn’t do this without them, so please be respectful of your hosts and keep their property clean. Also, please don’t walk anywhere you shouldn’t be (like in their home) and thank them for their hospitality.
If you would like to offer up your porch for next year, please go to the CONTACT page and send us a note.
Are the musicians paid?
The only way they get paid is by you showing them your love for their music. The spirit of a porchfest is to provide a grass-roots, community event. Musicians give freely of their time, talents and resources as a gift to the neighborhood, attendees and each other. Please show them your appreciation for playing The Front Porch.
Where do I park?
Parking is as normal throughout Ferndale. Please obey any parking requirements and restrictions. We encourage you to park as far off-site as possible and take a walk to the designated area. Or don't worry about parking at all and use our official ride share sponsor, LYFT to pick you up and take you home. They will dump you out right in the middle of the action.
Will the streets be closed?
The short answer is no. We’re committed to the sharing of public space and making the effort to accommodate one another. That being said, some of our porches were so popular that there was no choice but for Ferndale Police to close the streets. We expect this to happen again in the Breckenridge/Livernois area and near Withington & Livernois. All closures are at the discretion of the Ferndale Police, so let's relax and make it work. It’s the neighborly thing to do. People still have places to go.
I've gotta go to the bathroom!!!
Please be respectful of the merchants and businesses in downtown Ferndale. They are not obligated to allow attendees to use their restrooms. If you want to patronize their place of business and show them a little love, they would probably be much more likely to hand over the bathroom key. Everybody wins.
There will be porta-johns on the median of Livernois north of 9 Mile near W. Breckenridge.
Please use the crosswalk when doing the pee-pee dance to the porta-johns.
Still have questions?
That's OK - we've got answers. Head to the CONTACT page and shoot us a message. We'll get back to you.