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Second Annual San Rafael PorchFest Coming to Gerstle Park on Sunday, September 22, 2019


SAN RAFAEL, Calif., August 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- After a highly successful first-ever PorchFest in 2018, San Rafael will hold its second Annual San Rafael PorchFest on September 22, 2019. Hosted in one of San Rafael's oldest and most cherished neighborhoods, Gerstle Park, PorchFest is expected to fill the streets with attendees coming to enjoy to dozens of musical acts playing on porches throughout the neighborhood. It will encompass a six-block area west of D St., from San Rafael Ave. down to Ross St. The event will also take over the historic Gerstle Park, which features picnic areas, a playground, and a basketball court, and will serve as an additional stage for the event.

Attendees can fuel up and cool down with gourmet food trucks or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while kids play at Gerstle Park. A New Orleans Marching brass band will open the event, and a diverse set of artists are set to play, including: folk, Americana, Scottish fiddlers, gospel, soul, gypsy jazz, blues, Latin, funk, traditional Argentine tango, and children's music.

The San Rafael PorchFest team encourages people to commute via public transportation. Whistlestop will be providing complimentary shuttle services from downtown San Rafael to the event in Gerstle Park. Attendees can park downtown in the San Rafael C Street Garage (at 3rd St.) and catch the handicap-accessible bus from there. Bicycle riding to PorchFest is encouraged and self parking of bicycles will be available throughout the event.

San Rafael PorchFest is currently on the hunt for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. To learn more about how to get involved, visit or submit contact info at this link.

San Rafael PorchFest would thank the City of San Rafael and our 2019 sponsors, which to-date include: Bank of Marin, BioMarin, Flatiron, Luther Burbank Savings, Pint Size Lounge, Pond Farm Brewing, Prandi Property Management, Redwood Market and Deli, Sandra Luna Real Estate, StateRoom, and Union Bank.

We also want to thank our in-kind contributors, which to-date include: Bananas at Large, The Good Earth, Hammerslag, Meyer Sound, and Whistlestop.

About San Rafael PorchFest
Inspired by the Napa Porchfest, a long-time San Rafael resident, Tom Obletz, spearheaded the movement to bring the event to San Rafael. In mid-2018 he pulled together a crew of like-minded individuals, including the Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA), and San Rafael held its inaugural PorchFest in September 2018. The community was buzzing with excitement and pride and decided to make it an annual event. Today, the GPNA takes the lead on hosting the event, with lots of community involvement from people in Gerstle Park and throughout San Rafael.

Originally conceived in Ithaca, NY, in 2007, PorchFest is a nationwide phenomenon. It's an all-volunteer, family-friendly, free event that brings communities together to celebrate music and creativity. True to the spirit of PorchFest, all performers play at the event for free. There are more than 60 other PorchFests in the U.S. and Canada.

For calendar editors:
What: San Rafael PorchFest, a day of fun, music and community

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 Noon - 5 p.m. PT

Where: Gerstle Park and surrounding neighborhood, San Rafael Ave., San Rafael 94901

Admission: Free

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