Make Music


   Thursday, June 21, 2018

Make Music Platteville is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. This year marks Platteville’s third year in the international summer solstice music celebration, we join over 800 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Platteville turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

2018 provides us with our third mid-week event, opening new possibilities for venues and musicians. Parks, coffee shops, restaurants and businesses all over Platteville will be looking for musicians to fill their locations with song.  Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by local musicians. And after 5, the city will explode with music.

Events will happen, rain or shine.  City Park events will move to City Auditorium if needed.

What is Make Music Platteville?                                            

  • Make Music Platteville is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone
  • A way for all of Platteville to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Platteville is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When will Make Music Platteville take place?

Make Music Platteville will take place on the summer solstice, Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Join the music making merriment

Our process is simple and allows you to add details about your venue, or about your performance.

Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Check out musician profiles, then request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!

Questions? Contact us.

Harmonica’s Galore-led by Adam and Kevin at the Rollo Jamison and Mining Museum.

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Mass Appeal

Check back for further events!

rhythM-athon-Join us at the “M” for junkyard percussion and drum circles.  Check back later for details!

Hymn Sing    United Methodist Church.  Open to all who love to sing.  You choose the hymn, we will lead.  

Learn to Play Handbells   United Methodist Church.  Open to all abilities of musicianship

Harmonica’s Galore 

Hohner (Harmonica maker) will donate harmonicas to the first 50 participants!   OR bring your own!

Learn to play from teachers:  Adam Bartels and Kevin Charles.  Teaching session will take place between 3:30 and 5:00pm at the Mining Museum.







Our sponsors benefit from co-marketing with an event that will be a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print and radio advertising, prominent placement on a highly trafficked website and mobile app, and on posters and banners at the venues. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere.


Make Music Platteville 2017 sponsors include:


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Make Music Platteville is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.

What does it cost and where does the money go?  The cost of bringing the  concerts to our venues across Platteville in one day is roughly $1,300.

The work of a small army of volunteers is needed to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system,  and many volunteers to handle the administrative aspects of the nonprofit organization.

Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

Checks can be sent to:
Make Music Platteville
20 South 4th Street
Platteville, WI 53818

Make Music Platteville is affiliated with the Platteville Main Street Program, a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by law.




Check out our press coverage.

Second Annual Festival -June 2017

Music Festivals in Platteville

Summer Music in Platteville




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