Make Music


What is Make Music Hartford?

Make Music Hartford is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.   

Make Music Hartford will feature musicians of all abilities and music from any genre. Sidewalks, parks, front porches, and public spaces throughout the city will become stages for local musicians to perform and for all to enjoy. Everyone is invited to participate in this international day of music by performing, providing an outdoor space, appreciating, or volunteering. It’s all for the love of music! 

Make Music Hartford is brought to you by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as part of our mission to inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts.


Thank you to everyone who participated in Make Music Hartford 2018. 

We couldn’t have done it without the musicians, venues, partners, volunteers and community members who contributed their time, talent and passion for music and our region! 

Mark your calendars for the next Make Music Day: June 21, 2019



Make Music Hartford Kickoff Concert 

Free Lessons & Workshops

Play Along Events

2018 Listings: Thursday, June 21st



Enjoy photos from the first Make Music Hartford! Check back for more photos later this summer!

Special thanks to the volunteer photographers who helped capture Make Music Hartford in photos and videos: 

  • Andres Calixto
  • Dwight Hatch
  • Ellis Buettger
  • Evan Thomas
  • Haley Comstock
  • Heather Martin
  • Joseph Engberg
  • Matthew Titor
  • Steve Carlsberg


Make Music Hartford Cocktail Trail

June 19, 2018

The Greater Hartford Arts Council/Make Music Hartford has partnered with local restaurants to share the excitement of Make Music Hartford through cocktails! Bartenders and mixologists are finding inspiration in music for their Make Music Hartford signature cocktails…or should we say rocktails! On June 21st you can enjoy music all around the city and stop byContinue Reading »

The Make Music Hartford T-Shirt Design is Here!

May 23, 2018

The Greater Hartford Arts Council issued a call for designs for the Make Music Hartford 2018 T-shirt. We are excited to announce the winning design by Jesse Torres. You’ll see Make Music Hartford staff, volunteers, and some Spotlight Event leaders wearing Jesse’s design on June 21st. We had a chat with Jesse to learn more aboutContinue Reading »

Making Music in Hartford: Chion Wolf

May 9, 2018

Get ready for Hartford’s Kazoo parade. That’s right, we’re going to fill Pratt Street with the sound of 100 kazoos during Make Music Hartford. Chion Wolf, known for your voice on WNPR and her hosting skills for a number of events around Hartford, will be leading the pack. Let’s get to know a little moreContinue Reading »

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Make Music Hartford is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire all people to participate and invest in the arts. Help us make events like Make Music Hartford possible! Click here to make a tax deductible donation!

Thank you to our program partners for helping to make this musical celebration possible in Hartford!

Connecticut Office of the Arts
Blue State Coffee
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Hartford Business Improvement District
Hog River Brewing
Home Depot – West Hartford
Parkville Sounds
Tapeworks, Inc.
Telefunken Elektroakustik
Trinity College Music Department
University of Hartford Hartt School Community Division
Vasu Studio
Yelp Hartford


Make Music Hartford is a part of a Make Music Connecticut, an initiative supported and convened by the Connecticut Office of the Arts



Hartford Courant:Hartford Joins Global Make Music Day with Concerts Around the City” (June 21, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Music to Fill the Streets as Connecticut Joins Global Make Music Day” (June 18, 2018)

USA Today:Where to Celebrate Make Music Day Across the Country” (June 15, 2018)

Patch:Free Concerts Set for Make Music Day in West Hartford” (June 15, 2018)

Billboard Magazine:Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Concerts” (April 4, 2018)

Rolling Stone:‘Make Music Day’ Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide” (April 3, 2018)

National Make Music Day Press Release:Make Music Day 2018 Returns On Thursday, June 21” (March 28, 2018)

Hartford Courant:Connecticut to Join Global Make Music Day” (March 14, 2018)

WILI 95.3 FM, Windham Arts Radio Review: Interview with Aaron Friedman of the Make Music Alliance (February 28, 2018)

Make Music Alliance: “Media Resources



Get in touch with us…

Amanda Roy
Community Programs Manager
Greater Hartford Arts Council