Make Music


What is “Make Music DeForest”?

The Village of DeForest will celebrate Make Music Day for the first time on June 21st, 2024. Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the FĂȘte de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music DeForest is performed by anyone and enjoyed by everyone!  Unlike other music festivals, Make Music Events are FREE in all ways and open to anyone who wants to participate. Every type of musician is encouraged and invited to share their love of music with friends, neighbors and the community.

It all started 40 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, storefronts 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 FĂȘte De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The FĂȘte has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over.

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All styles, ages, and experience levels are invited to perform!


Whether you have a garden, sidewalk, patio, front porch, or another space in mind, we’d love to have you host!

If you are interested in performing or would like to host music at your location, please register at Have additional questions email Stacey Harmon at or call Village Hall 608-846-6751. 


How can I help?

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, making a donation to support the DeForest arts community or volunteering your time and talent, email Stacey Harmon,

We look forward to bringing this celebration to the community and involving as many community members as possible. Thank you to all those who make this day of live music possible!


Interested in getting involved?

We are looking for music makers, volunteers and venues to participate in making Make Music DeForest a success!

If you are interested in getting involved with Make Music DeForest get in touch with Stacey Harmon at or call Village Hall 608-846-6751.