Festival fills porches and gardens with music, art and food

Posted at 6:27 PM, Aug 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-25 20:27:23-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Porches became stages and gardens became art galleries for a festival that aims to raise money to improve the neighborhood.

Porchfest Salt Lake 2013 was held Saturday, and residents who live on 1200 East and between 200 and 400 South opened up their homes for the event.

The festival featured music, food and art. The festival was free to attend, but event organizers said they are also trying to raise money for the community.

Porch Fest Chairwoman Esther Hunter said they have some specific goals.

“We have a chapel in our area, the Holy Cross Chapel, that actually has leaks in its roof and its losing some of its paintings that are in there, and some of the art that we have there, and we’re trying to help raise money for that and awareness,” Hunter said. “We also have community gardens and community orchards that we’re trying to raise some money for.”

More than 70 local bands participated in the event, and they played on about 35 different porches.