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About Make Music Madison

Angela Puerta and Carlos Ramos at Lakeview Library Photo – by Ben Zastrow of Laura Zastrow Photography

Make Music Madison is a free, citywide day of music held annually on June 21st, the longest day of the year. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe. Each year, coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops, centers of worship, front porches, parks, and other locations across Madison fill with music for everyone to enjoy!


  • Music “Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.”
  • A celebration of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
  • A buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide fest where anyway to make music can and will happen.
  • Open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

Annually on June 21st

Over 100 locations throughout the City of Madison!

Meri Rose Ekberg, Managing Director
Jamie Kember, Board President
Ashley Massart, Board Treasurer
Kristian Petrov Iliev, Board Secretary
Alex Squitieri, Board Member
Emily Goretski, Board Member
Taeli Shea Turner Reistad, Board Member
Fran Genter, Board Member

+ Volunteers in outreach, matchmaking, publicity, and fundraising. Learn how to join our merry crew!

Learn more about Make Music Madison and listen to our anthem written and produced by 2023 Musician-in-Residence Corey Whitmore, with vocals by Alise Mosley.

A map of the City of Madison showing the water in blue, the parkland in green, and the urban areas in light grey. Over 180 red dots represent venues spread throughout the city.
2022 Make Music Madison Venue Map