Make Music
La Crosse


Make Music La Crosse is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music to be held annually on the summer and winter solstice, June 21 and December 21.
Make Music La Crosse is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe.

Sign up online to play music where you are or to match with a venue looking for a performer.


This is an open invitation for musicians of all abilites, ages, and instruments to share their music with others where you are or at a location looking for live music on June 21, 2023

Interested in performing or hosting a performance during Make Music La Crosse 2023? Click below to sign up as a Performer or a Venue!

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Who else is taking part?

Over 15 artists, including:

Boyle & Johnson  --  Bribe  --  Dan Burger Songwriters Corner  --  David Schipper  --  Eddie Kim  --  Jim Knutson  --  Karaoke in the Courtyard  --  La Crosse Concert Band  --  Luke Thering  --  Old-Time Music Group  --  Ryan Rosenberg  --  Sana Illahe  --  Sweetgrass  --  Under Paris Skies  --  Vicki Riness

Over 9 venues, including:

Bluff View Park  --  Children's Museum of La Crosse  --  Kane St. Community Garden  --  La Crosse Bandshell  --  Leithold Music  --  People's Food Co-op  --  Pump House Regional Arts Center  --  Weber Center for the Performing Arts  --  Weigent Park

2023 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st


Upcoming Events

Make Music La Crosse 2023 – Wednesday, June 21!

For more information on the venue or performers visit the listing section and select ‘Artists’ or ‘Locations’ to see the profiles. The event list will continue to be updated as performers are signed up and assigned.

Leithold Music
Piano Available to play outside – All Day
– Vickie Riness – 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
– Jim Knutson – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Weber Center
– Boyle & Johnson – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
– Ryan Rosenberg – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
– Under Paris Skies – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
– Bribe – 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

People’s Food Co-op 
– Old-Time Music Group – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Bluff View Park
– Dan Burger Songwriters Corner – 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Children’s Museum of La Crosse
– Luke Thering – 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
– Sana Illahe – 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
– Eddie Kim – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Pump House
– Karaoke – Dominique Luecke and Friends 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

La Crosse Bandshell
– La Crosse Concert Band – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Kane St. Community Garden
– David Schipper – 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Weigent Park
– Sweet Grass – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Past Events

Make Music Winter 2022

The Children’s Museum of La Crosse will be hosted a FREE Harmonica Workshop on the winter solstice, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 at 11:00 am.
Free for Children’s Museum members; included with $8/person Museum admission for non-members. Adult required.

Check out more information for this event on the Facebook page –>

Make Music Winter 2021

Make Music Winter 2021 took place on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in a new, indoor, performing arts storefront stage window called ‘4th Street Stage’ located in the former Doerflinger Building, on 4th Street between Duluth Trading Co. and The Root Note.

Performances were 30 minutes/performer with a 15-minute teardown/set up between each musical act.

December 21, 2021 Participants:

  • OPEN at 10:00-10:30 am
  • Chauncey at 10:45-11:15 am
  • Hammered Dulcimer & Flute Music at 11:30-12:00 pm
  • Driftless Dulcimers at 12:15-12:45 pm
  • Peter J. Kish at 1:00 -1:30 pm
  • Tri-State Accordion Club at 1:45-2:15 pm
  • WRST at 2:30-3:00 pm
  • James Grant at 3:15-3:45 pm
  • Alex Toast at 4:00-4:30 pm
  • CC Herling at 4:45-5:15 pm
  • Aether Quartet at 5:30-6:00 pm
  • Dublin’s Daughters at 6:15-6:45 pm

The PFC String Band played at the People’s Food Co-op from 3:00-4:30 pm

Pictures of the 4th Street Stage location (while it was under construction)

The Inaugural Make Music Day La Crosse

The Inaugural Make Music Day La Crosse was held on Monday, June 21st, 2021.
A variety of locations across La Crosse were filled with song for everyone to enjoy!

June 21, 2021 Participants:

  • The Mural at the Pump House:
    • Old Town Dulcimers 10:30-12 pm,
    • Craig McClelland  12-12:30 pm,
    • James Grant 12:30-1:30 pm,
    • One More Onion 3:00-4:00 pm,
    • The Lavender Project 4:00-5:00 pm,
    • Boyle and Johnson 5:30-6:00 pm,
    • Michael Zernia 6:00-7:00 pm,
    • Fly Casual 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Leithold Music had a piano available for playing in front of their store, anybody was welcome to stop by and play a tune!  Pictures and video were posted to the Make Music La Crosse Facebook Event Here
  • Downtown Main Street Inc.:
    • Melody and Harmony 12:30-1:30 pm,
    • DJ Jeremy Light 4:00-5:00 pm
  • 23rd and Pine Street, La Crosse, WI:
    • The Last Men 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Hamilton Elementary/SOTA I hosted a SOLS: Solar on La Crosse Schools event on Monday, June 21st. The band 3 Dads was performing, along with student musicians Izzy, Rowan, Soren, and Andre from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Bluff View Park:
    • Peter J. Kish 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Riverside International Friendship Gardens:
    • Dublin’s Daughters 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Larson’s General pop in and play
  • 305 S. 29th St. La Crosse, WI:
    • Guy Herling 7:00-8:00 pm


We are grateful for every musician and location who participated in the first ever Make Music La Crosse on June 21, 2021.  Together, we created a joyful, global celebration of music and community.

Thank you to AARP Wisconsin for your sponsorship of Make Music La Crosse. Brought to you by the Pump House Regional Arts Center and generous donators like you!






Get in touch with us at, call the Pump House Regional Arts Center at 1-608-785-1434, or visit us in person at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse, WI.