Make Music

About Make Music Waunakee

Make Music Waunakee is a part of the global Make Music Day celebration that happens in over 1,000 international cities on June 21st each year. This free, village-wide, outdoor day of music, will bring musicians and music enthusiasts of all ages and talents together throughout the community to share their love of music with each other. Celebrating it’s first year, Make Music Waunakee is a main event of the 150th year.

Unlike other music festivals, Make Music is free in all ways and open to anyone who wants to participate. Every type of musician — young, old, amateur, or professional, is invited out into the community to share their love of music with friends and neighbors. Events can range from live shows in the park with seasoned musicians playing well loved favorites. It could be a student performing an original song for the first time, maybe at a local coffee shop, or from their front porch. From virtual choir concerts to jam sessions, drum circles to youth programming, every kind of musical happening is welcomed!

Make Music Day isn’t just about the performers, it’s about celebrating every kind of music there is in ways that are accessible for everyone to enjoy. By far, the easiest way to participate is to get out and support your local artists by enjoying their performances and activities on June 21st, whether in-person or virtual!

How Can I Participate?


>>>> REGISTER HERE <<<<<

There is an abundance of ways that everyone in our community can participate in Make Music Day. Whether it’s a freestyle session with friends in a neighborhood park or your band performing in the driveway, let us know where you’ll be making music so that we can spread the word for you. The possibilities are endless, so let your creativity take over! Some of the easiest ways to participate:

  • Local businesses can open their patios or green space as a venue on June 21st and allow our music makers to book performance time using our online matchmaking tool, or even organize their own set of performances and activities to celebrate the day and add them to the schedule.
  • Musicians could organize free socially distanced lessons or submit tutorial videos that can be shared with the community.
  • Performers of all types can sign up at a participating venue, submit links to live or pre-recorded videos for sharing, or even just send us an email letting us know where they will be and what they are doing.
  • Music lovers can make your their own instruments and host a kitchen concert with the kids or take the time to learn about a style of music you haven’t heard before.

Here are a couple of helpful documents for:
Venues || Performers

Make Music Day isn’t just about the performers, it’s about celebrating every kind of music there is in ways that are accessible to everyone. By far, the easiest way to participate is to get out and support your local artists by enjoying their performances and activities on June 21st.

If you are interested in signing up your space or business as a venue, register as a performer, or are just looking for more information on how you can participate, please click here to visit the registration site or contact us at


Full Listing and Interactive Map Coming In June!

Click Here For Venue or Performer Registration

Take a peek at a few of the days events:

“Bash The Trash” Events

Waunakee Village Center

Kids can join staff from the Waunakee Village Center for this free program and create their own instrument with recycled materials and perform around the Village Center. This is a free program, but registration is required.

9:00 AM –  11:00 AM Click for Ages 4-7 registration
1:00 PM –  3:00 PM Click for Ages 8-12 registration

Waunakee Public Library

4:00 pm – Bash The Trash Party – Everyone who has created an instrument whether at home or through one of the workshops at the Village Center is invited to attend and make some noise together!

Window Serenades for Seniors

Show some musical love to the seniors in our community who have been stuck inside for far too long. Sign-up to serenade outside the windows of one of our local senior living facilities. Further information and sign-up to come!

Waunakee Public Library

Head over to the Waunakee Public Library for a day filled with musical fun for kids of all ages!

TBD – Make Some Moves – Join us for a dance party!

1:00 PM – Duke Otherwise – Duke Otherwise is a playful Wordsmith. A spirited performer. A skilled Guitarist and captivating Tap-Dancer. Using his distinct Baritone, he sings his Hilarious and Imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together!

4:00 PM – Bash The Trash Jam Session 

5:15 PM – ZUMBA Workout with Joye Hellenbrand

Waunakee Chamber of Commerce

12:00 PM – Waunastrummers Ukulele Group
1:00 PM – Big Squeezy Accordion Band

Village Park Gazebo

8:00 PM – Finding North Band

Waunakee Manor Senior Living Center

1:30 PM – The Locos Ukulele Group
2:30 PM – Polkalamity

Brightstar Senior Living Center

3:00 PM – Waunastrummers Ukulele Group

Red & White Wine Bar

6:30 PM – The Emmylou’s

**All public health guidelines that are in effect at the time of the event will be followed. Masks and social distancing are encouraged**


The most effective way to support Make Music Waunakee is to get signed up! Whether it’s as a venue, a performer, an instructor or other type of musical participant, this day is all about sharing and enjoying music as a community, both virtually and in-person.

>>>> REGISTER HERE <<<<<

Interested in becoming a sponsor to help us provide an even more exciting Make Music Day experience? Contact for details on sponsorship opportunities and benefits.


Have questions, comments or need help with using the site?

Phone: (608) 850-2182