5 Reasons We Love Patty Jewett Porchfest

And why you should get to Patty Jewett to join the neighborhood music festival this year.

Colorado Springs has some excellent music festivals, summer concerts and neighborhood gatherings, but when it comes to pure block party, there’s none better than Patty Jewett Porchfest. Since 2017, neighbors far and wide have gathered in the streets of the leafy downtown Patty Jewett neighborhood to celebrate live music, movement and community. Bands play on porches. Food trucks serve local deliciousness. Friends pull up lawn chairs, lay on blankets and dance in driveways and streets.

“We believe we are responsible for creating the community we want to live in,” says Amy Triandiflou, one of the founders and ongoing organizers behind Patty Jewett Porchfest.

That community is a festive, welcoming scene brought together each year by grassroots, community efforts. This year, Patty Jewett Porchfest happens Sunday, Sept. 18, 1-5 p.m. on the 1500 to 1700 blocks of Royer Street. Plus, Good Neighbors Meeting House will be celebrating its 5th birthday with coordinated Porchfest festivities all weekend. Here’s what we love most about this block party with all the details you need to join the fun at Patty Jewett Porchfest.

Friends hang out in the street at Patty Jewett Porchfest
Good friends and good times at Patty Jewett Porchfest. Photo by Stephen Martin, Explore With Media.

1. The Music

Music is the heart and soul of Porchfest. Three bands, three porches — all on Royer Street — and a whole lot of live music from some of the Springs’ favorite local artists. Here is this year’s lineup:

Roma Ransom

1-2 p.m. at 1511 N. Royer St.

Grace Easley and Gordon Lewis are Roma Ransom. It’s easy to get lost in their exotic blend of eclectic bohemian world psych folk.

Ashlee and the Longshot Revival

2:30-3:30 p.m. at 1616 N. Royer St.

Get ready to honky tonk with this country band. Ashlee and the Longshot Revival play a versatile blend from Cash and Dolly to Miranda, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton.

Jeremy Fracknitz Band

4-5 p.m. at 1719 N. Royer St.

Rooted in the Springs and touring nationally, Jeremy Fracknitz mixes folk-rock and jazz stylings to showcase intimate stories of life, love and self-discovery with a style reminiscent of Elvis Costello.

Singer on stage at Patty Jewett Porchfest
Stray Suns perform at Patty Jewett Porchfest 2021. Photo by Stephen Martin, Explore With Media.

2. The Food

You can’t throw any decent party without good food and beverages. Some of the best local food trucks will be on hand to keep everyone well fed. Here’s this year’s lineup of mobile eateries:

Cowgirl Kettle Corn and Lemonade: A variety of sweet and savory kettle corn flavors.

Doki Doki: Japanese pub fare, including curry, katsu and more.

Gold Star Pies: Homemade artisan sweet pies, of course a la mode if you want.

High Grade Foods: Jamaican favorites, from jerk chicken and wings to ackee and salted cod and braised ox tails.

Lucy I’m Home: A long-time local favorite offering the flavors of Cuba.

Makaw’s: A taste of Venezuelan-Caribbean fusion.

Mel’s Mobile Kitchen: Hot dogs, nachos and boiled peanuts, y’all.

Miggy’s Meltdown: Gourmet grilled cheese sammies.

Mondal’s: American comfort food, including burgers, pulled pork and fries.

Rita’s Shave Ice: Fruity frozen treats.

Sapo Guapo Tacos: Family-owned and operated trendy and super-tasty taco truck.

The Wayward Onion: Wood-smoked, plant-based vegan barbecue and Midwestern sides.

Yemi Mobolade enjoys Patty Jewett Porchfest
Yemi Mobolade, owner of Good Neighbors Meeting House, enjoys Patty Jewett Porchfest. Photo by Stephen Martin, Explore With Media.

3. The Side Party at Good Neighbors Meeting House

Located just around the corner from the main Porchfest concerts, Good Neighbors Meeting House will be celebrating its 5th birthday with festivities all weekend long. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m. — Porchfest Tailgate with Craig Walter

Saturday, Sept. 17, 12-2 p.m. — Bike and wagon decorating at playground with Edie Carey

Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Jazz brunch with Wayne Wilkinson

Sunday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. — Post-party with Ryan Flores

Friends applaud the band at Patty Jewett Porchfest
Big smiles at Patty Jewett Porchfest. Photo by Stephen Martin, Explore With Media.

4. The Kids, Dogs and Dancers

We love the exuberance of the pups, the raw excitement of the kids and the abandonment of the intrepid dancers who are the first to start shaking it even if no one else is (except maybe those kids). It’s contagious, especially at Patty Jewett Porchfest. I mean, just look at ‘em.

5. The Neighborhood

The Patty Jewett Golf Course was built in 1898 and deeded to the City in 1919 by its owner Bill Jewett and named for his wife Patty. The neighborhood around it is historic and charming. Home styles are a mix of Victorian, Craftsman, Mission, Midcentury Modern and even recent Modern and Colorado Farmhouse renovations and additions. Compared to the wide parkways and stately historic estates of the neighboring Old North End, Patty Jewett’s homes are modestly sized and its streets more compact.

But the neighborhood’s tucked-away vibe, treelined sidewalks, proximity to downtown and strong sense of community are all reasons why Patty Jewett has been one of the Springs’ hottest neighborhoods in recent years. It’s the kind of place that brings you a great block party like Patty Jewett Porchfest. You can see why people want to live here.

Porchfest Details

Find all the details at @pjnacos and the event page.

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Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.

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