Porchfest, a free afternoon of live music performed from the residential porches, stoops and yards of the Abel Bennett Historic Tract, returns to Binghamton’s West Side from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 27).

Binghamton Porchfest 2023 will feature 162 local and regional bands performing at 63 host locations, showcasing folk music alongside hip-hop, worship music next door to heavy metal, high schoolers covering Lou Reed, retirees singing Beyonce, classical, jazz, opera, country and punk.

Food vendors and restroom locations will dot the neighborhood, and a free shuttle will traverse the perimeter of the roughly quarter square mile festival footprint, defined by the rough borders of Riverside Drive, Chestnut Street, Recreation Park and Beethoven Street.

Most roads will be closed to traffic, with free golf cart shuttles providing rides where traffic is prohibited. Lourdes Hospital is offering free parking in their back lot at the end of Lourdes Road.

Cans collected during the festival will benefit fundraising efforts for the Danielle House.

Like the many other Porchfests operating independently throughout the country, Binghamton Porchfest is modeled after a DIY community festival hosted by the residents of Ithaca since 2007. This year will be Binghamton’s eighth festival.

More information – including schedule, band bios and a map – is available at binghamtonporchfest.com.