The Porcupine Freedom Festival is the flagship annual event of the Free State Project.
Free State Project
Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire, where they will work together to create a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. PorcFest is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase New Hampshire’s offerings and for you to reunite with old friends and make plenty of new ones. Whether you’ve lived in New Hampshire for years or are visiting for the first time, we hope you’ll choose to join us for PorcFest XIV.
Principles of PorcFest
- Inspire: Demonstrate the value of the FSP through rhetoric and reality.
- Educate: Expand our understanding of the philosophy of liberty and how to manifest it in our lives.
- Rights: Respect personal and property rights. Clean up after yourselves and each other. Exercise proper firearms etiquette.
- Inclusion: Interact courteously with fellow attendees, vendors, and
volunteers. We welcome and respect people with different backgrounds and philosophies.
- Participate: Don’t just attend – volunteer, vend, promote, share your project or passion.
- Community: Uphold and share the values that make us great. Cooperate and collaborate. Contribute to and take advantage of our amazing resources.
- Celebrate: Express your excitement at having found your tribe.
First-timer Tips & FAQ
For more in depth info on what to expect, and how to prepare for your first PorcFest — visit the first-timers page.
The earliest seeds of PorcFest were sown in 2003, when an event by the name of “Escape to New Hampshire” was held. It wasn’t organized by the Free State Project, but is often referred to as “PorcFest Zero.”
In 2004, after New Hampshire had been chosen as the destination for the Free State Project, Tim Condon proposed and organized the First Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival. It was held at Roger’s Campground, and ran for three days with around 300 participants. The first festival, although small, set the foundation for many activities that are now traditional at PorcFest, such as hiking, campfires, panels, barbecues, and dance parties.
In the years since, PorcFest has seen many changes. The schedule has grown to a full week, the venue was moved to Gunstock Mountain Resort and then back to Roger’s Campground, and big-name speakers have begun traveling from all over the world to northern New Hampshire. The one thing that has stayed constant is the goal to form and nurture a tight-knit community of current and prospective porcupines. Those who visit one year for a day often return the following year for the full week. Many even bring a friend or their families. And quite a few have decided to make the move after their first visit. It’s the best way to keep the fun, freedom, and activism going after PorcFest is over.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation, want an opportunity to get to know like-minded people, or are thinking about making the move, we urge you to join us in Lancaster NH this June! You won’t regret it.