Make Music
New Haven


Make Music New Haven is a part of the international Make Music Day movement which brings free, community-wide, musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide. Every year, the celebration is held on June 21, the summer solstice, in more than 800 communities around the world.   

The event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music held at locations around Greater New Haven. Sidewalks, gardens, parks, front porches, plazas and public spaces throughout the city become stages, and special signature events offer everyone a chance to participate.  

Unlike a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are put on by anyone who wants to perform and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. This do-it-yourself festival is a chance for local artists and venues of all kinds to join forces to make music for and with the community.

Any musician–amateur or professional, young or old–is invited to take part. Likewise, businesses, neighbors, schools, churches, and organizations of all shapes and sizes can sign up to offer their outdoor spaces as concert locations. All of Greater New Haven is included. 

We believe in the power of music! Don’t you? Come celebrate the summer solstice with song!






New Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Oxford, CT

Beginning June 21 14 pianos painted by local artists and placed in public, outdoor spaces in New Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, and Oxford, Connecticut will become the Free Keys CT Piano Trail. The public can play the pianos and participate in sheet music lending “libraries” housed in the piano benches of each instrument. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, a co-producer of the project, will perform chamber music concerts at New Haven piano sites across the course of the summer. Come take in these beautifully painted pianos, Play a few tunes, and join us on A musical journey.


8:00 – 9:00 AM: East Rock Park: 41 Cold Spring St. New Haven, CT

Drummers and drum enthusiasts alike gather for a morning of music at the top of East Rock (Near monument) LED by drum circle leader, Mark Zarrillo. Some instruments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well. All are welcome regardless of experience so come out and drum with us!


10:00 – 11:00 AM: The Well For Women: 495 Blake St. New Haven, CT

The Heart Chant (2001) is a participatory Deep Listening® meditation, an offering of sonic healing for all beings through vocalization and listening. Written by Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, The Heart Chant‘s simple instructions invite any and all to participate in creating community through sound. Come join any time, leave any time, and return as you wish. All are welcome.


11:00 – 4:00 PM | Ely Center of Contemporary Art: 51 Trumbull St. New Haven, CT 

This five-hour program features a line-up of musicians and invites all to participate. There will BE a main stage in the backyard, a Live Jam Stage on the sidewalk, and a poetry tent featuring poet-performers reading their work. There will also be an area for children to make their own music. This is a free family-friendly event. Bring your own instrument and join the fun!


12:00 – 1:00PM | Ely Center of Contemporary Art: 51 Trumbull St. New Haven, CT 

It’s a community jam! Talented musician, Chris DePino will be offering instruction and a bit of harmonica history. He will play a few songs and then lead participants in their own music-making. Join the fun and come learn from the very best! Harmonicas provided!


11:45 – 5:00PM |Best Video: 1842 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT

Best Video/Marrakech are hosting a community based DAY OF MUSIC celebrating diversity and inclusion. There will be over 19 performers entertaining from 11:45AM to 5PM. The cast of performers will include bands, singers, guitar players, and even a WU TANG affiliated speaker! The individuals performing will include individuals with and/or without disabilities. Come support our Performers and celebrate the joy of community and music.


1:00 – 2:00PM | Temple Plaza: 160 Temple St. New Haven, CT

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra kicks off their new free summer chamber music series on Make Music Day with a brass quintet performance featuring Rich Clymer and Ken Tedeschi on trumpet, Brian Nichols on horn, Scott Cranston on trombone, and Adam Crowe on tuba. Selections to include music from West Side Story, Washington Post March, Aida, and more! Stop by for great music and community fun!


2:30 – 3:30 PM | International Festival of Arts & Ideas: New Haven Green: 250 Temple St. New Haven, CT

A cross between a big band and a Klezmer orchestra, the Kapelye plays innovative arrangements of Klezmer and Yiddish music from Romania, Hungary, Bessarabia, and other Eastern European locales. Come Out and Join in the Fun with tHE Largest Klezmer group in Southern New England.


3:30 – 4:30 PM | International Festival of Arts & Ideas: New Haven Green: 250 Temple St. New Haven, CT

Elm City’s own performing songs off of Higher Learning and Elm City Trees. Stop by for great music and fabulous company!


4:30 – 7:30 PM | Temple Plaza: 160 Temple St. New Haven, CT

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will have real orchestral instruments for you to tap, tickle, touch and toot. Celebrate music with us!


Registration for Make Music New Haven 2019 has ended.

PERFORMERS: All Instruments • All Genres • All Levels • All Ages

Create your profile by submitting a description of your act, a photo, and any relevant website/social media links. Browse available venues and when you find one you like, submit a request. For additional tips on matching up with venues check out our Tips for Musicians.

VENUES: Storefronts • Outdoor/Indoor Business spaces • Restaurants • Breweries • Concert Halls •Schools • Churches • Parks • Sidewalks • Front Porches • Museums • …and beyond

Create a profile by submitting your location information, a description of the space, and times you are willing to host music. Browse the musician profiles to request a performance. Note: your venue will not show on the map if you do not have a confirmed performance. So, even if it is an open jam session on your front lawn, please enter that as a performance to help others find you.

Not interested in scheduling your own performance? Not a musician?

We have jam sessions and play-along events that welcome any musician interested in participating. Check back soon for more information about these signature events. Subscribe to email updates to make sure you get the details as soon as they’re announced. 



The Make Music New Haven will work with the City of New Haven to secure necessary permits for registered Make Music New Haven performers. Permits are required for any musician using public property such as sidewalks and city parks. Performances on private property do not require the same permits, but must abide by noise ordinances already in place. If a musical event happens in one of the Greater New Haven suburbs, it is up to the venue and musician to secure appropriate permits for that specific town or city.



Where did the idea come from?
Make Music began in France as Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.

The name Make Music comes from the French Fête (or Faites) de la musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”

Who can participate?
Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, students, professionals, and established artists are all welcome. Make Music New Haven is open to artists of all ages, all levels of ability, and all musical categories.

Is this an annual event?
Yes, Make Music takes place every June 21. (In 2018, it fell on a Thursday; in 2019, it falls on a Friday.)

How can I sign up to play, or host a performance?
You can register on our Matchmaking platform, which allows you to register your own concert or to collaborate on a Make Music event with local musician and venues that fit your tastes.

I want to have a Make Music event, but I do not have a location.
Concerts can take place almost anywhere – porches, storefronts, garages, gardens, parks, or on the sidewalk outside where you live. Chances are, you already know a location you can use on June 21 to bring your neighbors together and make music.

Do musicians get paid to participate?
Make Music New Haven does not pay musicians — nor do musicians pay them. Most musicians perform for free, but artists and venues are welcome to make any financial arrangements they wish, as long as the concerts are free to attend, unticketed, and in spaces that are free and open to the public.

How will my concert be promoted?
All concerts will be promoted through our online listings platform, interactive maps, and smartphone apps for IOS and Android. In addition, all concerts will receive promotional posters and be listed in a printed program book.

Who puts this all together?
Make Music New Haven is organized by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, a non-profit arts organization that promotes, advocates, and fosters opportunities for artists, arts organizations and audiences.


Make Music NHV in the News 

Hartford Courant: Make Music Day to ring in summer with hundreds of live, free concerts on the streets of Connecticut (June 17, 2019)

CT Post: Piano Trail, drum circle, performances highlight Make Music Day in CT (June 13, 2019)

Windham Arts: SAVE THE DATE! Make Music Connecticut Returns on June 21st! (May 24, 2019)

ShoreLine Times: The key to a summer of great music in CT? It just might be you (May 3, 2019)

PR Newswire: Make Music Day 2019 Returns On Friday, June 21 (March 28, 2019)

Arts Paper: New Haven Welcomes “Make Music Day” (June 22, 2018)

New Haven Register: New Haven makes a music video (June 22, 2018)

WTNH Channel 8: Celebrate Make Music Day with your family in New Haven and beyond (June 20, 2018)

Musical Intervention: Videos from the world record attempt

Hartford Courant: Celebrate Make Music Day at CT’s Oldest House (May 30, 2018)

Broadway World: Make Music Day 2018 Announces Updated Schedule (May 23, 2018)

The Day: June 21 is Make Music Day around the world — and now in our region (April 27, 2018)

Billboard: Make Music Day To Return This Summer With More Than 4,500 Events (April 4, 2018)

Live for Live Music: Make Music Day To Host 4,500+ Free Concerts, Events, Lessons Across The U.S. (April 4, 2018)

Rolling Stone: Make Music Day Plots 4,500 Free Events, Concerts Nationwide (April 3, 2018)

PR Newswire: Make Music Day 2018 Returns On Thursday, June 21 (March 28, 2018)

Hartford Courant: Connecticut To Join Global Make Music Day (March 14, 2018)





Make Music New Haven is a program of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advocate and foster opportunities for artists, arts organizations, and audiences. Your generous support helps keep this celebration of music free for everyone. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! 

This event would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors and partners.

               New Haven Art Culture Tourism         Arts Council of Greater New Haven   

CT Office of the Arts     Design Monsters


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