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 a beer garden and food vendors located around the island during the event. You are required to show legal ID to purchase alcohol and may require cash to make your purchases.  There are a ATMs on the island, but they’re a bit of a hike from the Porch Stomp location.

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. Lines can be long during peak times, so we always recommend arriving early on Governors Island or prepare to wait on line.

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.

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 email our volunteer team at porchstompvolunteer@gmail.com. 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!

Are you a nonprofit / is my gift tax-deductible?

Porch Stomp is fiscally sponsored by Make Music New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are 100% tax deductible.

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 netwroking/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!

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Porch Stomp and Flatfoot Flatbush are a part of Make Music New York, a registered 501(c)(3).