Make Music
Auburn CA


Each year, over 1,000 cities around the world throw citywide music celebrations on June 21.

It all started 41 years ago in France.

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances on summer solstice, June 21. This year marks Auburn’s second year as part of this worldwide celebration!

2023 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st



Who else is taking part?

Over 17 artists, including:

Auburn String Jams Garden JAM  --  Bahena  --  Band of Goats  --  Capitol Pops Chamber Groups  --  Celtic Ramblers   --  Crossing Autumn   --  Diana Blais- DB Music/Blaze Mama  --  Interactive Hit Music Generator  --  Kirsten Price  --  Max  --  Oh, hi!  --  Old Soles  --  Open Jam Session  --  Out to lunch  --  Rich Lawson Music  --  Rumi Shimada Trio  --  Travis Sheffield

Over 6 venues, including:

Art Park  --  Central Square Plaza  --  Clock Tower / Horseshoe   --  East Placer Park  --  Starbucks at SaveMart shopping Center  --  The Armed Forces Paviion & Garden JAM, Auburn CA


Painted piano at the Art Park      



Become a volunteer!

Make Music Day is free for the city of Auburn, so we rely on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. That means we need your help on June 21st! If you’re available on this day and would like to help, please each out to us. Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:

  • Tell passersby about Make Music Auburn and answer any questions.
  • Take photos of the event and post to social media.
  • Assist performers with setup and breakdown between artists.
  • Help run sound.

If you would like to be a volunteer at Make Music Auburn, please email us at


Get in touch with us at



Where did the idea come from?

Make Music Auburn is inspired by France’s “Fête de la Musique,” a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. In North America, over eighty June 21st celebrations are listed on the Make Music Day website.

Can I participate in Make Music Day?

Yes, everyone can participate in Make Music Day. Performers of all ages, experience, and musical tastes are all welcome.

Sign up today by clicking on the Participate button.

I want to perform – now what?

Go to the landing page of this website and click PARTICIPATE.

Create a profile. Here’s a tutorial video to walk you though the simple process:

                              How to Create a Performer Profile

You’ll be able to request a slot at a published location. If there aren’t very many available when you first sign up, check back. We all know Auburn is about deciding last minute. Venues may reach out to request you perform. You can approve or decline.

Auburn CA Admin will have final approval on pairings of venue and performer, just to ensure no one performance interferes with the audio of another one nearby.

The venue will reach out to you directly to communicate details. You can also email them and introduce yourself!

JUNE 14, 2023 is the last day to sign up.

Do the performers get paid?

Make Music Day is not a paying gig, but tips are allowed! The ethos of the festival is to celebrate the  talents of  musicians of all levels and to activate outdoor spaces.

A sign with your VenMo or PayPal info can be displayed during the performance, and venues may provide tip jars. (Though you are always welcome to bring your OWN self-styled tip jar for cash tips).

I have a location to offer. Now what?

Go to the PARTICIPATE button on the landing page of this site.

Fill out a complete profile for your location. 

Here’s a tutorial video to walk you through the process:

                              How to Create a Venue Profile

As performers begin to sign up, you can request to be matched with them and vice versa. Once you’re matched, the Auburn CA Admin reviews to make sure that all is well.

When the Admin approves the pairing, you (the venue) will communicate with your confirmed performers to give them whatever details you have. Email if you have any specific questions about this!

JUNE 14, 2023 is the last day to sign up.

Can I register multiple locations or performers to participate in Make Music Auburn?

Absolutely! You are welcome to create multiple Performer profiles if you are playing in more than one ensemble – create a profile for each one. If you are a venue that would like to host concerts in more than one location, then you can create multiple Venue profiles. Just be certain to create a separate profile for each location, so that each one can be officially matched in our database.

How do I see who is playing?

Visit the “Listings” tab on the main page menu. When you click, you’ll see an interactive map showing locations and scheduled performers. You can view by map, or filter by venue or performer. You can also click on the headings for Artists or Locations to see the various artists or locations have been matched. As new venues and artists sign up, this page will update relatively in real-time.

How do I explain this concept most accurately?

First off, thanks for being so excited that you want to help promote. To keep things simple, you might describe Make Music Auburn in this way:

Make Music Auburn is a local, volunteer-run extension of an International DIY Music Festival. Through a match-making portal, both locations wanting to host and performers (of any skill level/genre/age group) wanting to do their thing for an audience can create a profile.

Venues can request particular performers, musicians can request particular venues…and when the City Admin blesses the union, it’s “go time.”

There are 3 rules to Make Music Day:

  1. Always June 21.
  2. Always Free to the Public.
  3. Always MUSIC!

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