Make Music


Make Music Day Appleton is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 800 cities across 120 countries every year on June 21.  It is designed to celebrate music in all its forms and encourages people to band together to play free public concerts. 

In the U.S., Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation, and coordinated by the Make Music Alliance.  This year, more than 65 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide.


*New this year pInstrument raffle with 3 ways to win!*

Follow the Appleton Downtown Facebook page and comment with your favorite music memory for a chance to win a pInstrument donated by Warwick Music and Heid Music.

Join Porky’s Groove Machine at the Heid Music Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 20 for another chance to win a pInstrument.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 with all proceeds going to Creative Downtown Appleton Inc to continue the Make Music movement year-round with outdoor musical instruments for all.  Raffle will be announced at the beginning of the concert and the winner drawn at the break.  Must be present to win.

On June 21, Make Music Day, post a photo of you enjoying Make Music Day on social media (Facebook and/or Instagram) using #MakeMusicDayAppleton to be entered to win!  Your post must be public in order for entry to be submitted.  Winner will be announced Monday, June 24.

Thanks to Warwick Music and Heid Music for providing the pInstruments!



2019 Schedule of Events (subject to change)  More events being added, check again before June 21!

9:00am The Grove (near Taste of Thai) – Inclusive drum circle with Expressive Therapies

10:30am Houdini Plaza – Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra In Harmony program

11:00am The Grove (near Taste of Thai) – Pick-Up Sticks percussion with Lisa Nett

11:00am Parklet (near Copper Rock) – Hope Rocks with Harbor House

12:00pm The Grove – pBone jam with Porky’s Groove Machine

12:00pm Houdini Plaza – Heart Chant with Leila Pertl

12:30pm Heid Music Mural Lot – Jazz Improv with Noah Harmon

1:30pm The Grove – Ukulele jam with Sam Bader

2:00pm Heid Music Mural Lot – pBone jam with Porky’s Groove Machine

3:00pm The Grove – Samba Drumming with Leila Pertl

3:30pm Heid Music Mural Lot – Harmonica Workshop with Lee Nimmer

3:30pm Harper Hall – Music Theater Showcase free to the public

4:30pm Heid Music Mural Lot – Ukulele jam with Forte & the Pianissimos

3:30-6:00pm Houdini Plaza – Creative Kids

5:00-8:00pm Downtown Appleton – Art on the Town

  • Enjoy musicians busking along College Avenue
  • Chaos Karaoke at Shear Chaos (103 W. College Avenue)

6:00pm Heid Music – New Horizons Band

6:00-8:00pm Houdini Plaza – David Paul Martin

If you or a group are interested in participating please contact Katie at 920-831-4990, ext. 124 or via email


If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact us at or at 920.831.4990. ext. 124.


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