Fly Zyah. Credit: Darrow Montgomery / file

Porchfest, one of D.C.’s most distinct music festivals, will put on a Southeast edition on Oct. 3. Porchfest is a free, family-friendly event featuring more than 25 musical acts that perform throughout the neighborhood. Yards, lawns, patios, and (of course porches) will transform into intimate makeshift stages for the day. The festival is coordinated by Porchfest DC, a nonprofit organization whose mission for this edition is to “spotlight both emerging artists and burgeoning communities east of the river.” This year, Porchfest takes on an additional significance because the pandemic forced numerous music venues to close their doors, temporarily and permanently. Many local musicians have not performed in front of a live audience in more than a year. Among the artists will be the amazing vocalists Khadijah Moon and Rue Pratt, gospel go-go bands Body of Evidence and Tru Worshiperz, 10-year-old rap prodigy Fly Zyah, and the legendary Soul Searchers. For maximum enjoyment, remember to bring a lawn chair and comfortable walking shoes, and please bring cash to tip the performers! Oct. 3 at various locations in Southeast. Free; donations encouraged.