PorchFest Coming to Reading in 2019!

What do Arlington, Somerville, Melrose, and Cambridge all have that Reading doesn’t? PorchFest! But thanks to some dedicated local volunteers, that’s all going to change. As part of the Reading 375 Anniversary Celebrations, Reading will be hosting its first ever PorchFest on Saturday, June 8.

PorchFest is an afternoon of live music played outdoors all over town. Take a stroll through Reading on Saturday, June 8, in any neighborhood, and you might hear rock and roll, pop, folk, bluegrass, or acapella singing. PorchFest is open to all residents, all musicians, and is FREE.

Alan Foulds has spearheaded the effort to bring PorchFest to Reading. When asked what gave him the idea, he replied, “I have seen how it brings people together in other towns and cities. Not only do you get to hear a big variety of music, but it makes you walk around in your own community, getting to know people and places right near home. When we began planning for the upcoming 375th anniversary of Reading it seemed a perfect fit.”

All residents are invited to participate and sign-ups are happening now. Local musicians and bands are invited to perform. Any resident with a great porch, front lawn, or driveway is invited to host a musical act at your home for a couple of hours on June 8. For full details and to sign-up to participate, visit reading375.com and click on “PorchFest.”

Mark your calendars, Reading. On June 8 you’re going to want to pop the babies in strollers and get those older kids out for a nice walk through Reading neighborhoods to hear some great music. Grab your spouse, grab your neighbors, and make an afternoon of it. At PorchFest, our town will come together to celebrate music, community, and our town’s 375th anniversary. 

About Reading 375: Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two-week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. Commemorative anniversary t-shirts are available at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/reading375/) and check out our website at reading375.com.

Reading 375 Celebration

Our town turns 375 years old in 2019, and from May 31 – June 15 expect Reading to be buzzing with excitement, energy, and tons of fun events. Reading 375 Steering Committee Chair Phil Rushworth says, “A lot of people have been working really hard over the past year to pull off a massive celebration. We hope everyone comes out to enjoy it.”

Planned Reading 375 Events Include

Friday, May 31 

Opening Ceremonies on the Common

Saturday, June 1

A Concert for Reading featuring the Reading Symphony Orchestra and Reading Community Singers

Friday, June 7  

Tavern at the Tavern Period music and libations at the Parker Tavern

Saturday, June 8  

Our Town, Your Story at the Reading Public Library

PorchFest – Music on porches and yards all across town

Vintage Baseball – 19th-century baseball at Washington Park

Clubhouse at the Tavern – Family friendly baseball refreshments and entertainment at the Parker Tavern

Revelry at the Tavern – An evening of cocktails, music, and entertainment

Wednesday, June 12 

Reading Rotary Taste of Metro North

Saturday, June 15 – Reading Day!

Reading Lions Club Friends and Family Day

Reading 375 Dog Parade

Reading Recreation/YMCA activities

Food Trucks

Reading Community Concert Band sponsored by FORR


In addition to all these events, there are several special activities that will be happening throughout the two-week celebration period, including:

Paint the Town – Town-wide Art Show

If This House Could Talk – Every dwelling has a story. See what makes Reading homes and businesses unique, and tell us what’s special about yours.

Reading Public Library Turns 150

Reading Scavenger Hunt – App-driven game sponsored by the Reading Cooperative Bank

In coordination with the celebration, local historians Ginny and Everett Blodgett have published a new book: Images of America: Reading. A book launch party will be held on May 13 at 7:00 pm at RCTV Studios. 

Select Board Chair Andy Friedmann is looking forward to the celebration. “I applaud the work done by so many local volunteers to create a fantastic two-week celebration of our town. I’m looking forward to the entire community coming together to celebrate.”

All residents are invited to show their Reading pride by sporting a commemorative Reading 375 t-shirt, which are available at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios for $20. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. Proceeds will go to support the celebration.

Reading residents are encouraged to follow Reading 375 on Facebook for updates on events and celebrations. For a full list of events, check out reading375.com.