I’ve never been to Porch Stomp or Governors Island. What can I expect?
Have you ever had an enjoyable day in the park? Expect that, except with live music around every corner.
Will there be food and drink available?
There will be no sale of food or beverage within Nolan Park in 2020. However, there are food trucks throughout the Island, within a 15 minute walk.
Can I bring food and/or alcohol?
Food = SURE! Alcohol = NO. See the Governors Island website for details on their strictly-enforced policies.
How do I get there?
You have to take a short and fun ferry ride from one of two specific Governors Island ferry locations in Manhattan or Brooklyn. 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. Unfortunately, visitor time slots on the Island are limited to 5 hours this year.
Is Porch Stomp a family-friendly event?
Yes, most definitely. Especially if you or your family members kids like to dance!
Can I bring pets?
No. See the Governors Island website for details on their strictly-enforced policies.
What steps is Porch Stomp taking to ensure safety with regards to COVID-19?
Here are the steps that we are taking to make sure that our festival happens safely:
Reducing the number of stages and performers by 75% (as compared to Porch Stomp 2019)
Locating the stages as far apart as possible, and siting some stages outside of Nolan Park, to ensure that there will not be a confluence of people in any specific area
Requiring stage curators to enforce a 50 person capacity at each stage, including artists
Putting red flags into the grass as markers to audience members as to where to sit/ stand
Requiring all festival goers and audience members to wear masks, even when performing
Hiring a security team to ensure that festival-goers are wearing masks and social distancing as they enter the park. Security will also walk around the stage areas, and can back up stage curators on social distancing enforcement as needed
Volunteers will enforce mask wearing and social distancing throughout the festival, and stage curators will enforce mask wearing, social distancing, and capacity at their respective stages
No sale of food or beverage within Nolan Park
No sale of merch (merch can be pre-ordered and picked up at the festival)
Encouraging anyone within the Porch Stomp community who is of compromised health NOT to attend
Festival-goers who have to be asked repeatedly to comply with protocol will be asked to leave the festival, and may be excluded from future Porch Stomp programming.
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?
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!