Make Music
San Jose

Akoma Arts Drum Circle
Akoma Arts


Join in the fun of making music and drop-in at one of the free, participatory Make Music San Jose events. These programs are open to all ages and skill levels. No experience necessary, but show up wanting to have fun!


Awesome Orchestra Meet-Up
Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez
1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113
When: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
What: Join the Awesöme Orchestra Collective on an “orchestral adventure”. This free, open, and diversely programmed session is an opportunity for musicians of all abilities to come together and play an orchestral repertoire in a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment. Due to the popularity of the Awesöme Orchestra events, folks MUST sign up on the Awesöme Orchestra website to participate as a musician. Repertoire for this event will be announced when sign-ups begin on June 4th. Sign up to get on the mailing list for notifications at

The participation of the Awesöme Orchestra Collective in Make Music San Jose is made possible by the San Jose Downtown Association with support from the Knight Foundation.


Harmonica Lessons with Ned Kraft
Where: San Pedro Square Market
87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
When: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
What: Grab your co-workers and get out of the office for free harmonica lessons at San Pedro Square Market.  Local blues and rock artist Ned Kraft will give beginner harmonica tips and lead you in a harmonica jam. Hohner Harmonicas will provide free harmonicas to the first 75 participants.


Make Music with Viva Parks Neighborhoods
Where: Meadowfair Park 
Barberry Lane Corda Drive, San Jose, CA 95122
When: 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm (movie begins at 8:30 pm)
What: Come out with the kids and enjoy an interactive evening of music, games, and an outdoor film screening with the San Jose Jazz Boom Box and the San Jose Public Library Maker(Space) Ship. This event is part of the San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services summer series Viva Parks Neighborhoods and made possible with the support from the Office of San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas.


Make Music at the Mall
Where: Eastridge Center
2200 Eastridge Loop #2062, San Jose, CA 95122
When: noon to 7:00 pm
What: Explore a variety of fun, free music-related activities taking place at Eastridge Center throughout the day including a Summer Runway Show hosted by Crystal Rosas of Wild 94.9, band tee screen-printing with HellaTees, instrument making crafts for kids, hip hop yoga, and, of course, musical performances by local acts. Follow @EastridgeCenter on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with the events!


Do you have a participatory event that you would like to add?

We are looking for groups and musicians interested in organizing music-related meet-ups, providing free music lessons, or other fun participatory programs.  

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