Make Music


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On June 21, the Summer Solstice,

McMinnville will be joining more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries,

for the global celebration of Make Music Day.


And you are invited to the party!


Make Music McMinnville is a musical celebration creating community events that are open to anyone; players, singers, listeners, beginners looking to be inspired, people who are willing to share their inspiration with the world.  Every place, performer, and person of every stripe has a part to play in Make Music McMinnville.

While it is an international event, the communities involved have a localized focus, with music-related activities taking place in multiple locations in the community. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music McMinnville is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

The ultimate goal is celebrating our community through music, in a way that is accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike. All of it is free and open to the public.

Why participate in Make Music McMinnville? 

Make Music Day brings joy, inspires creativity, and transforms communities. It celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of ability. Make Music Day events turn sidewalks and streets into impromptu stages; let amateur musicians share their passion and gain confidence; and give established artists in all genres a chance to perform for new audiences.

You, too, can participate in Make Music McMinnville.  Sign up by June 19th to host music activities or to perform.



Host Music Events

Do you manage a community space, church, storefront, restaurant, or business with space to showcase a performance? Perhaps you have a fabulous farm, a welcoming front porch, or a generous garden. If this is you, you’re invited to host, on June 21st, in celebration of global Make Music Day’s 40th year!

If you think you have a good spot for some free, live, music sign up your space, by June 14th, to allow artists to choose to play at your venue, however, if you hope to have music outdoors, sign up by May 15th to allow us time to include you in our event permit to the City.  Please note that your involvement is contingent upon City approval.  With our matchmaking software, performers can request to play in your space, or you can search the artist listings to make your own match. Don’t forget to invite your friends, family, and patrons!

It’s easy to sign up to host music activities, and once you’re an official venue, you can choose your own performers, or we can match performers to you.

Please note: All events associated with Make Music McMinnville must be free and open to the public.

Click here to sign up to be a venue.

A saxophonist plays in a public space with people around.Hosting a line-up of performers is not the only way to organize music activities for Make Music McMinnville.  Other ideas include:

  • Invite your customers or community groups to participate in a public, hands-on, music-making event at your business or at a local park.
  • Host an outdoor drum circle.
  • Teach first-time musicians how to play the ukulele or harmonica, virtually or in person.
  • Host an outdoor guitar strum–along for customers and community members.
  • Invite musicians to meet up outside a local nursing home and play “window serenades” to those inside.
  • Host a day of outdoor concerts/showcases/open mics for the lesson-taking students in your community.

Contact us for more information about hosting your event.


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Calling for musicians of ALL ages, skill levels and genres!

Want to perform in this year’s Make Music McMinnville?  Register you or your band by June 19th here and add a bio, pictures, description and anything else you might want on your profile. You can browse the available venues and request to play at them. The venue will accept your request.




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Performer FAQs:

Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, students, professionals, and established artists are all welcome. MMM is open to artists of all ages, all levels of ability, individuals and groups, and all musical categories.

Where do the musicians play?

A variety of locations are possible for the performances. Some sites might be sidewalks, alleys, plazas, schools, courtyards, in front of restaurants or businesses, and parks.

Who will provide a stage, power, piano, etc. for my performance?

Make Music McMinnville is not a typical music festival. MMM is about people getting together in their neighborhoods in a do-it-yourself fashion, putting together their own musical events. Our organizers set up the framework for performances — the rest is up to you! Artists and venues collaborate to produce the events, arrange for electricity, and provide whatever equipment is needed. McMinnville is your stage. Performances generally take place at the same level as the audience.  And everyone can take part. From professionals to amateurs, from the classical to metal, you are welcome to share your music with our community during Make Music McMinnville.

What if I signed up but need to back out?

We are counting on you to perform. If you do need to cancel, it is your responsibility to find another performer to take your spot. Please let the location and us know about all program changes as soon as possible.

Will musicians be paid to perform, or will venues charge a fee to host a performance?

Make Music Day was designed to be a free music event, therefore the performers are not compensated. The venue sites must also host performances without a fee to either the performers or Make Music McMinnville. Make Music Day events around the world invite everyone from the community to either perform, host or attend musical performances and celebrate the first day of summer. The design of a free musical event for everyone is the spirit of Make Music Day throughout the 800 plus cities worldwide that participate.

Can musicians sell their CDs and merch, or ask for donations?

Musicians are allowed to sell their band or individual musician merchandise and CDs during their Make Music McMinnville performance. Musicians can also promote any future performances.  Performers may discreetly solicit donations during their performance.



Catch free, live performances and music activities throughout the day at the following locations:

Atticus Hotel Courtyard

The Bitter Monk

City Park

Gallery Theater Courtyard

Mac Market


McMenamins Paragon Room

McMinnville Public Library Plaza


View the schedule of events


Many thanks to our sponsors!

Make Music McMinnville is a brand new event, and we would not have been able to get this project going if it weren’t for the generosity of our sponsors.

Thank you, Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, Oregon Stationers, Knights of Pythias McMinnville Chapter, and Donna Mallory.

Arts Alliance of Yamhill County             

A little boy holds a harmonica while a man shows him how to play it.

Are you interested in volunteering?

We are a small team and are just getting started.  We could use a few more folks to round out our planning team.  And as we get closer to Make Music Day, we will need help before and during the event.



We are looking for more sponsors!

Make Music McMinnville’s inaugural year is going to be a blast!  Help us to make this event the best it can be by becoming a sponsor or partner.  Any donations, either in-kind or monetary, can help us to offer more musical experiences.  Contact us to share your ideas about how to get involved, or to make a donation.


We’d love to hear from you!  Get in touch with us:





People play musical instruments as they walk down a residential street.