Are you gearing up for another year of Grand Porch Party fun tomorrow? Or, maybe it’s your first time attending and you’re not quite sure what to expect. Either way, we’ve got you covered with a quick list of tips and essentials for making the most out of your day!
Bring Your Own (Water) Bottle
Each year, we strive to make the Grand Porch Party as environmentally-friendly as possible. That’s why we encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle or travel mug (refillable at the Children’s Music Garden). You can even go the extra mile and bring your own spoons for ice cream, too!
While we’ll have some printed maps for those who want them, you can download the event map and schedule on your phone so you’ll know exactly when and where your favourite musicians are performing all while reducing paper waste! It’s a win-win!
Stash the Cash
While the Grand Porch Party is completely free to attend, we encourage you to come prepared with cash so you can scoop up some ice cream from Four All, merch from the musicians, one of our Grand Porch Party T’s designed by Jon Johnson or to make a donation to Water Without Borders. We will also be accepting donations to help pay the musicians for their time, talents and effort. If you don’t bring cash, you can still buy our t-shirts as this year we will have Square at the GPP tent.
While some street parking is available, it may be easier – and more sustainable – to take public transit, ride your bicycle, or if you’re in the neighbourhood, simply walk on over! Once you’re here, we urge you to exercise caution on the Euclid, Dawson, Menno & Avondale as they won’t be closed to traffic. Alexandra Avenue will be closed from Dunbar to Euclid, however.
Dress for the Weather
It’s looking like sun this weekend, but can never predict these things! Luckily, the porch party will go on – rain or shine! Come prepared with your sunnies, hats and sun block or suit up in your raincoat, depending on the forecast!
Take a Seat
While some of the neighbour homes may put out a few chairs for those in need, you are more than welcome to bring your own to the event! Although, it’s likely you’ll be to busy wandering or dancing to take a seat!