Make Music Day

“A day with family, food, and music is an easy sell. You can’t get any better than that.” - Thad Tegtmeyer, Sweetwater Store and Academy of Music and Technology Manager

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21, the summer solstice. It is the world’s largest annual music event. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.


June 21, 2021

2021 Event Highlights

After the isolation and stress of the last year, we can’t wait to get back together and make music again… and we are not alone! A record 90+ U.S. cities have announced they are celebrating Make Music Day on a large scale in 2021, from Houston to Gig Harbor and everything in between. Find a celebration near you!

  • #MySongIsYourSong: Sign up to learn and perform a song by another artist, and hear one of your original songs covered in return! Register by May 31.
  • Global Folk Challenge: Share a folk song from your country, and learn and perform a different folk song submitted by another participating musician. Sign up by May 14. 
  • Young Composers Contest: A composition contest for composers aged 13-21. Sign up by May 31.

Learn More

To find out more about Make Music Day or to organize an event, please visit or contact Aaron Friedman.

Make Music Winter Returns on December 21

Make Music Winter is a free, outdoor celebration with exuberant and participatory musical parades, performances and events in dozens of US cities on Monday, December 21. 

Since 2011, people of all ages, musical abilities, and backgrounds have met up for Make Music Winter to promenade through public spaces and play music for bells, electric guitars, percussion, and more. It’s a joyful way to ring in the winter solstice and celebrate the end of a long, wearying year.

All Make Music Winter events are free and open to the public. Learn more at Make Music Winter is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance.

Join the conversation: #MakeMusicWinter