Make Music


Make Music Day was launched by the French Ministry of Culture in 1982. France held the new celebration, called Fête De La Musique, on the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. The ministry encouraged everyone to go outside and Make Music. Professional artists and curious bystanders alike joined the in the celebration. The free musical performances continued from morning to night at locations throughout the city – parks, gardens, street corners, rooftops, restaurants, shops – wherever music could be enjoyed. The holiday quickly inspired millions. More than 40 years later, Make Music Day has expanded into more than a thousand cities in 120 countries worldwide!

This year, Fresno joins the celebration by launching its very first Make Music Day on Wednesday, June 21! Make Music Fresno invites everyone to participate no matter their musical skill. There will be free musical performances at locations throughout the city. There will also be instrumental demonstrations for those new to music and opportunities to participate in group performance events. This inaugural Make Music Day is an opportunity to highlight the uniquely beautiful scope and diversity of musical talent, culture, passion, and expression found here in Fresno. It is a chance to bring the community together in a celebration of music.


Roomful of Pianos: A multi-piano performance with accomplished pianists playing a multi-arrangement piece together in one location.

Flowerpot Music: Written by celebrated composer Elliot Cole, flower pot music is a uniquely beautiful musical experience. Bring a flower pot and we will provide the “music” and the mallets.

Panyard Jumbie Jam: Try out a steel drum… we’ll provide the drum and the music… you provide the fun.


If you are a performer and would like to participate, go to our to participate page to register. When you register, you may include information about the type of music you play, whether you need electricity at your venue, etc. Our location generator will help you connect with a venue near you! OR Visit our participate page to host performers at your outdoor venue and connect with artists. We welcome everything – from outdoor stages to storefronts. You will be able to choose the time frame, the genre of music you would like to host, and which amenities you have available for performers.

And if you decide not to register, just get outside somewhere and play on June 21!

Let’s Make Music Fresno!


Welcome to Fresno’s inaugural Make Music Day!

To participate in Make Music Day as either a performer or a host, visit our Music Matchmaking Site to create your profile. There you will be able to select details such as genre preference, time frame, and electrical needs. Venues – Please only register a venue if you are the venue’s representative. We need to secure permits for public spaces. Performers – after your performer profile has been set up, you can search for participating venues and send them requests to play. We are currently in the process of gathering additional venues so, if you register as a performer and do not immediately find a match, we will connect you with a venue as soon as one becomes available that would like to host your genre. There is NO registration fee required. If you have any questions, watch this quick video about how to register as a performer or venue.

After you register, the matchmaking between performers and venues will begin!

Thank you for helping to make Make Music Day Fresno a success!


If you are a musician looking to offer specialized help during one of our Make Music Day events, we would love to hear from you! If you have never picked up an instrument in your life, but you know a good opportunity to serve when you see it, we’d love to hear from you too! Please e-mail us at and type VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Thank you!


We Need You!

Make Music Fresno is a small group of volunteers. We work out of our home and donate time and resources to keep costs low, but we still need donations to help us secure signage and permit fees.

Make Music Fresno is sponsored by the Make Music Alliance. If you would like to support Make Music Day Fresno, simply make a PayPal donation to the Make Music Alliance HERE. Please type “Fresno” in the Special Instructions.

OR Send a Check

Make Music Alliance

Please write “Fresno” in the Memo
415 Summit Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
(646) 657-9709

The Make Music Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

If you would like to become a corporate sponsor of Make Music Day Fresno, please contact us! We would LOVE to add your logo to our upcoming Sponsors page.

Every little bit helps, so THANK YOU for your donation!

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