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A portion of Natick Center will be filled with the sounds of music on Saturday, Sept. 14, when the first Natick Center PorchFest takes place.

Set for 2 to 6 p.m., the PorchFest is a grass-roots community festival in which bands and individual musicians play on the front porches and lawns of local homes in the Pond Street area of Natick Center. Attendees can enjoy the music for free, walking or bicycling among the different sites, all of which are offered by participating neighbors.

Intended to be an annual event starting this year, the PorchFest is coordinated by the Natick Center Cultural District and the town, with sponsorship from Avenu at Natick, a new active senior apartment complex in town. The Cultural District is an organization that works to bring greater vitality to the downtown.

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At least 16 musical performances will be featured in at least 10 porch locations in the family-friendly event, with music ranging from folk to techno and polka.

People are welcome to bring their own food and beverages, or can purchase them from local businesses. An event map and schedule — updated as new performers and sites are added — is available at natickporchfest.org.


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.