Make Music Day (MMD) is a free worldwide celebration of music always held on June 21 during the summer solstice (longest day of the year). The event encourages and provide opportunities for anyone–amateur or professional–to participate in and enjoy FREE live music at public venues.
This is the one day a year people around the world celebrate the importance of music in our lives through free, open and accessible events across the U.S. and around the world. Entire communities come out to listen, dance, and join in making music.
In the Puget Sound region, MMD events are organized by Issaquah, Port Townsend, Redmond, and Seattle. Each community organizes its own events, and each celebration has a distinct expression. We’ve listed each cities website below, check them out for schedules and other details in a venue near you.
About worldwide Make Music Day and Fete de la Musique
Make Music Day launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique. It is now a worldwide celebration of music during the Summer Solstice, always held on June 21. The festival takes place in hundreds of cities and most countries around the world. It is free and open to the public.
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.
Make Music Day Festivals around Seattle
Issaquah Make Music: Musicians are taking to Front Street in Downtown Issaquah from 4-9pm. There will be several outdoor and indoor stages. At 7:00 p.m. join in the LOUIE LOUIE FLASH MOB! All Instrument Flash Mob on the steps of City Hall located at 130 E Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Bring an instrument or use one of theirs.
Port Townsend Make Music: Begins at 8:00am in downtown Port Townsend and continues at venues all around town until 10:00pm. The scope of this event grows as more people join in. Anyone can host, perform, teach, lead or come to learn, play or listen. Everyone can jump into the fun making spontaneous music, calling together friends, jamming on street corners. Pop-ups may happen at any time anywhere. All events are open to the public and free of charge (donations welcome), all ages, and most are wheelchair/ADA accessible (except as noted).
Seattle Make Music: Events include interactive activities all day in downtown Seattle and neighborhoods throughout the city:
- Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, 11am to 7pm
- Waterfront Hot Spot, under the Seattle Great Wheel, 2-8pm
- Phinney – Greenwood, 3-9pm
- Pike Place to Hard Rock Flash Mob & After Party, 5:30-11pm
- Fremont American Music, 2-6pm
- Near Woodland Park, Ukulele, silly songwriting, and guitar classes, 9am-12:30pm
- Ballard at Pono Ranch, 4-6pm
- Columbia City, 5-7pm
And more events outside Seattle:
- Lynnwood at Roy’s Place Rehearsal Studios, 3-7pm
- Bellevue at Music Works Northwest, 12-6pm
- Bellevue at Northwest Pianos, 10am-3pm
Check their list for more information or updates: http://www.makemusicday.org/seattle/events/
Puget Sound region