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What steps is Governors Island taking to ensure safety with regards to COVID-19? 

Safety protocol set in place by Governors Island include: 


  • Capacity on Governors Island ferries will be limited during the 2020 season to allow for social distancing. A new ticket reservation system is in place to manage capacity on ferries. Visitors are required to reserve tickets in advance and must depart on their selected return ferry. Tickets are available now with more becoming available on a daily rolling basis. HERE is the link to purchase tickets.  

  • Limiting the time visitors can spend on the island to 5 hours (this is enforced via ferry tickets)

  • Requiring visitors to wear face coverings while boarding and riding the ferry and while on the Island 

  • Reminding visitors to stay 6 feet apart when queuing on the ferry, while riding the ferry, and while visiting the Island

  • Increased cleaning procedures and schedules in all restrooms, aboard ferries, and in high-touch, high-traffic areas across the Island

  • Enhanced health and safety protocols at all food and drink vending locations

  • Installing hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout the Island

How much does it cost to attend?

Porch Stomp is 100% FREE to attend and 100% volunteer-run. However, the Governors Island ferry may, depending on your age and the times you ride, cost you around $3/person, roundtrip.

I play an instrument. Will there be opportunities to play at Porch Stomp?

You bet’cha! A number of our porch stomp stages will be open jams.  Can’t find the one that’s right for you? Bring your strings anyway!  There will be ton of folks looking to meet up and play- make friends and strum on!

What if I can’t dance that well?

Don’t worry, neither can we.

What if it rains?

We are a rain or shine event.

Can I volunteer to help before or during the event?

YES! We’d love to have you participate. Please fill out this form and email our volunteer team at And thank you! We’re a small, growing organization of volunteers, so anything you may want to contribute - we want to know about it!

Can I make a donation? I know Porch Stomp is 100% free and 100% volunteer-run.

Please do! You can make a quick, non-tax-deductible donation to Porch Stomp on Venmo at @Porch-Stomp and on PayPal at If you want your donation to be tax-deductible, you can donate HERE through our fiscal sponsor, Make Music New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Be sure to message that the donation is for Porch Stomp. 

What other events does Porch Stomp do?

Porch Stomp presents a myriad of programing year round with the goal of enhancing the folk community across New York City, including Flatfoot Flatbush (a part of the MMNY Winter Solstice Celebration) and our numerous networking/performance events at our home in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn called the Haylaught.  Join our mailing list to learn more about exciting opportunities on the rise!

How do I sign up for your mailing list?

We thought you’d never ask!  Go to and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up to receive updates about our festival and programming!

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