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“Make Music San José” 2023 Free Outdoor Summer Music Festival

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*No ticket required

San Jose (various location) | San Jose, CA

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Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique taking place in more than 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people, from professionals to amateur musicians, to band together and play in free public concerts. The City of San José’s Office of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs (OEDCA) has led the local edition, Make Music San José, since 2017.

Here in San José, more than 50 musicians will perform and take part in play-along events in 28 participating venues throughout the city, featuring an eclectic mix of musical genres, age groups and professional musicians. Performances will take place all day, from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2023 from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m., you’ll get to enjoy free performances throughout the city.

Participating Venues (As of June 2, 2023)

  • Arena Green Park: Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Instrumental
  • Camden Community Center: Americana, Bluegrass, Kids, Folk
  • Children’s Discovery Museum and Discovery Meadow: World, Blues
  • East San José Carnegie Library: Folk
  • Eastridge Center: All genres * HUB SPOT
  • Empire 7 Studios: Ska, Latin, R&B, Hip Hop
  • Evergreen Branch Library: Blues, Folk, Kids
  • Institute of Contemporary Art San José: Hip Hop, Reggae, Experimental
  • San José City Hall Plaza and Sonic Runway: Indian, Pop, World * Hub Spot with musicians, food trucks, and Culture Night Market Vendors
  • San José Mineta Airport: Latin, Pop
  • San Pedro Square Market: Blues, R&B, Reggae
  • School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza: Latin, World, Pop * HUB Spot
  • Seven Trees Branch Library and Community Center: Jazz, Rock
  • SoFa Market: Funk, Jazz, Pop
  • St. Francis Episcopal Church: Choral, Folk, World
  • Tully Community Branch Library: Classical, Indian, Experimental

Participating Musicians (as of June 2, 2023)

  • Simantinee Roy
  • Velmalicious
  • rabhi Vijay
  • Mike Mendoza
  • Douglas Forman
  • Andre Thierry
  • Hotel Serenity
  • The Eternity Band
  • Superlative chamber group
  • Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
  • SAM0
  • MiFaSol Band
  • Shayla the Artist
  • Stevie Dale
  • Velmalicious
  • Rosemarie Austin
  • Surabhi Vijay
  • Melinda Kausek
  • James Ramirez
  • The Hello Hello’s
  • Oceana Conner
  • The Eternity Band
  • One Way Music
  • The New Hope Band
  • Bad Beginning
  • ay-Along: Music & Movement with Marsha
  • Resounding Achord Productions
  • Vivace Youth Chorus
  • M’sippi Slide
  • None Too Soon
  • Marcus Rodriguez
  • Savaiah
  • Thrown Out Bones
  • Sax-O-Phun
  • Ionic Bond
  • Super Soul Bros
  • La Maldita Cruda
  • Irene Diaz
  • Free Group Guitar Lesson
  • San Jose Saxophone Choir
  • Daniel Dragonstaff
  • Yonex Jones
  • Sharat Lin – Dance of Peace

More performances to be confirmed soon.

Check the Make Music San Jose website for list of venues and performers

Times vary depending on the venue. Updates will be made every couple of weeks.

The festival is a program of the City of San José Office of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE*
*No ticket required
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Block Party, In Person, Kids & Families, Live Music, Outdoors, Solstice, Sponsored
Address: San Jose, CA

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