Free State Project's PorcFest -- Porcupine Freedom Festival -- Lancaster, NH

It’s been a little over a month and a half since I moved from Los Angeles to New Hampshire for the Free State Project and I’m really excited to be attending my first “PorcFest” in June! And while I’ve certainly been keeping busy with getting settled and checking out the incredible scenery, I have been trying to get involved as a volunteer and activist, helping to spread the message of liberty! One of the first tasks I signed up for? Helping to write the PorcFest press release! Here she is; hope to see you there! I can’t wait!

PorcFest XII comes to New Hampshire!

LANCASTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival—affectionately known as “PorcFest”—is a weeklong celebration of freedom and community, organized by volunteers from the Free State Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is successfully moving 20,000 liberty-minded participants to New Hampshire to create a decentralized society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property.

PorcFest returns to the privately-owned Roger’s Campground in Lancaster, NH from June 21-28, where an expected 2,000 attendees will enjoy a one-of-a-kind camping event, filled with activities for families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Campfires, panel discussions, presentations, movies, live talk shows, dancing, singing, music, food, parties, a newbie shoot for those new to firearms, and all around liberty-loving good times will be found at the most electrifying freedom event of the year.

“New Hampshire is the future of liberty,” says Carla Gericke, president of the Free State Project. “We know the liberty message is growing, and PorcFest attendees get bragging rights to say they were at ground zero. Coming to PorcFest is like being in on the early floor of something like Burning Man, which even Grover Norquist attended last year.”

Featured speakers at PorcFest XII include:

  • Lenore Skenazy, the celebrated (and oft-maligned) author/writer/activist behind and the book Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) who can be seen on the reality TV show “World’s Worst Mom”; and
  • Philip M. Stinson, former Dover, NH police officer-turned-associate professor of Criminal Justice with Bowling Green State University, who manages the largest-known database of police misconduct in the country; and
  • Russ Baker, American investigative journalist who founded the non-profit website WhoWhatWhy. He is the author of Family of Secrets about the Bush dynasty, which Gore Vidal called “one of the most important books of the past ten years.”
  • Other topics of discussion throughout the week will focus on a wide variety of issues, such as: homeschooling/school choice, police militarization, community support, national surveillance, Bitcoin/cryptocurrency, agorism, food freedom, nonviolent protesting and civil disobedience, political activism, medical marijuana, jury nullification, and more.

“The best part about PorcFest is that there’s something for everyone, which sounds like a cliche, but it really is true,” Gericke continues. “There are aspects of learning, networking, and of course relaxing, but ultimately, PorcFest is about building a healthy community of like-minded people who are passionate about freedom… and who are actually willing to do something about it.”

PorcFest is family-friendly and open to anyone looking to celebrate freedom and individual liberties, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Free State Project. Information on tickets, lodging, etc. can be found at


What others are saying about PorcFest:

  • “I had no idea, but now that I do, I wish I had started coming years ago.” —Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets”
  • “It’s like Woodstock for rational people.” —Roderick T. Long, Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University


About the Free State Project

The Free State Project is a movement to get 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire, where they will work to create a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property. The Free State Project attracts participants from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and nationalities who agree with the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else. The Free State Project is a 501(c)(3) entity; donations are tax-deductible. Find out more at

About New Hampshire

Consistently ranked among the safest and most beautiful places to live in the U.S., New Hampshire also has some of the lowest tax burdens and has a robust citizen legislature that provides the most representation per capita in the nation. For these reasons and countless others, New Hampshire was selected as the destination for the Free State Project in 2003.

About the Porcupine

The porcupine is an animal that has become synonymous with libertarians and the liberty movement as a whole. Porcupines are peaceful creatures that become defensive when subjected to aggression; their sharp quills are used in self-defense only as a last resort.