Make Music


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

Unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called¬†F√™te De La Musique. (In French, the name means both ‚Äúfestival of music‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmake music!‚ÄĚ)¬†

Make Music Charlotte wants to keep the spirit of Fête De La Musique alive by celebrating Make Music Day on June 21. Anyone and everyone are invited to find a way to celebrate and make music! We invite YOU to celebrate Make Music Day with us!  


There’s always room in the band! Join us in Uptown Charlotte to celebrate Make Music Day with the following activities.


12:00-1:00pm Bechtler Museum outside at Firebird 

Join an interactive rhythm experience as you refuel during the summer day. Drums and various percussion instruments will be available to explore various rhythms and enjoy a groove with fellow neighbors and visitors of Uptown! No prior musical experience is necessary as we celebrate Make Music Day with Piedmont Music Therapy! 

4:00pm-5:00pm Wells Fargo Plaza

Listen & learn from harmonicist, Kenny Shore. Free harmonicas will be passed out onsite, first come, first served.

5:00-7:00pm Disc Plaza at Trade and Tryon 

Drum to the beat of your heart with DRUMSTRONG. Find a seat in the drum circle, grab an instrument onsite, and contribute to the rhythm. Make music with us for 2 minutes or 2 hours! No prior experience is needed, and instruments will be provided onsite.  

4:00-8:30pm Victoria Yards 209 E 7th Street 

Learn to play, singalong, or sing your own song. Tosco Music will host a guitar/ukulele class, sing-alongs & play-alongs, and an open mic. Bring your guitar to strum along or use your voice to sing!  

4:00-5:00pm          Beginner Guitar and Ukulele Class 

5:00-5:30pm          Beatles, Pop, and Country Sing-alongs/Play-alongs 

5:30-6:00pm          Open Mic 

6:30-8:00pm          Jazz Jam Session

After the Open Mic, stick around for a group jam session! Bring your own instrument, or voice, and play with local musicians. Food Trucks and chairs will be onsite.  


We invite all musicians of all kinds to celebrate Make Music Day with us! Whether you are a choir, guitarist, glee club, rapper, violinist, jazz band, or anyone that makes music ‚Äď we invite you to perform with us. Contact us at¬†¬†to discuss in-person performances. ¬†


Checkout some of our favorite Make Music Day Charlotte memories from 2021.


Make Music Day is for everyone!

¬†You may not know how to play an instrument or only sing in the shower¬†‚Äď but that can‚Äôt stop you from joining in on the festivities. Join a music class, attend a performance, and clap along. ¬†


UPTOWN June 21, 2022 

8:00am-10:00am The Market at 7th Street

Order a coffee at The Market and listen to Americana Music by Robert Webster.

11:00am-1:00pm The Market at 7th Street

Grab lunch at The Market and hear local artist, Noel Burke, play the guitar. 

11:00am-1:00pm Overstreet Mall by Walgreens

Find Phillip Howe on the keys at Overstreet Mall between Walgreens and Starbucks.

11:00am-2:00pm Founders Hall

Eat your lunch while listening to classical music by local pianists on a Steinway Piano.

12:00pm-1:00pm Bechtler Museum outside at Firebird 

Interactive rhythm experience with drums and various percussion instruments lead by Piedmont Music Therapy.

4:00pm-5:00pm 4th and Tryon St Intersection

Listen & learn from harmonicist, Kenny Shore. Free harmonicas will be passed out onsite, first come, first served.

5:00pm-7:00pm Disc Plaza at Trade and Tryon 

Drum to the beat of your heart with DRUMSTRONG’s annual drum circle.

4:00pm-8:30pm Victoria Yards (209 E 7th Street)

Learn to play, singalong, or sing your own song with Tosco Music. 

4-5pm                 Beginner Guitar and Ukulele Class 

5-5:30pm           Beatles, Pop, and Country Sing-alongs/Play-alongs 

5:30-6pm           Open Mic 

6:00-8:30pm    Jazz Jam Session


SOUTH END June 21, 2022 

11:00am-1:00pm The Rail Yard South End Lobby (1414 S Tryon)

Hear Alex PGSV on the keys under the Rhino Market butterfly mural. 

5:00pm-7:00pm The Wedge Park near Flower Child (1537 Camden Rd)

Walk the South End Rail Trial and find The El Lambet Trio playing your favorite jazz tunes.

5:00pm-7:00pm Atherton Mill (EDENS)

Take a seat at Atherton Mill’s outdoor patio and hear Queen City Suzuki Violin: Ensemble Neveu, a group of young, passionate violinists.

7:00pm-9:00pm Design Center

Take a stroll through South End to the Design Center and listen to Harvey Cummings.

2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st


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If you are interested in performing or have any questions regarding Make Music Day Charlotte, please email