MAKE MUSIC DAY returns to downtown Appleton with interactive music events in June

Make Music Day returns to Downtown Appleton on Friday, June 21. For the seventh year, community members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds have the opportunity to “join the band” by participating in free, interactive music workshops as part of Make Music Appelton.

As part of this global celebration of music over the past seven years, Make Music Appleton is curated by the Appleton location of Heid Music, along with numerous collaborators including Appleton Area School District, Appleton Downtown, Inc., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Lawrence University and Mile van Muziek/Willems Marketing & Events.

Make Music Day (Fête de la Musique) is an international celebration held on the longest day of the year, coordinated by the Make Music Alliance and presented by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants). People of all ages and abilities around the world participate in music-making opportunities in more than 2,000 cities in 120 countries, including 154 cities in the United States. By 2024, people across the country will participate in more than 5,000 live and free music-making workshops and events.

On Friday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at Houdini Plaza, Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford will proclaim the day as Make Music Day in Appleton, inviting all community members to participate in the day’s hands-on music events. Immediately after the proclamation, attendees are invited to participate in an interactive mariachi workshop led by LUMÉ.

“At Heid Music, we are thrilled to be part of Make Music Day, a celebration that embodies the spirit of community through music,” said Heid Music’s president DeDe Heid. “This event is a testament to the power of collaboration and the belief that music is for everyone. We believe in the unifying power of music to bring people together and its profound benefits for mental and physical health. Make Music Day offers a joyful platform for positive expression, fostering connections and spreading happiness in our community.”

This year’s schedule includes several participation events for all ages and abilities on Friday, June 21. A selection of workshops and events for Make Music Appleton can be found below. All events are subject to change and substitution. For more information about the full schedule of activities for Make Music Day in Appleton, visit

  • 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    • Family music with Mrs. Karli
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    • Introduction to Bluegrass Jamming
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    • In Harmony Workshop – Including music making with expressive therapies
      • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – Kimberly-Clark Theater
  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Woodwinds, brass, orchestral petting zoo
  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    • Open microphone
      • Heid Music – Guitar area
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Exploring the music of Trinidad – Steel Drum/Jumbie Jam Fun
  • 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
    • Dragon Legacy Workshop with the Northeast Wisconsin Chinese Association
      • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – Kimberly-Clark Theater
  • 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
    • Flower pot music workshop
  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
    • IndUS from Fox Valley Workshop
      • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – Kimberly-Clark Theater
  • 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

“We are so proud to be one of the local organizations bringing our community together for another year of Make Music Appleton,” said Maria Van Laanen, president and CEO of Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. “Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy the various music workshops taking place at the Center and Downtown Appleton. Regardless of age, background and ability, music connects us through its own, universal language. Celebrate the diversity of the Fox Valley region at Make Music Appleton through diverse musical styles representative of our community and beyond.”

All events will take place rain or shine. In the event of rain or other weather conditions, events will be moved to an indoor location. For more information about the full schedule of activities for Make Music Day in Appleton, visit


Make Music Day is held annually on June 21 to mark the summer solstice and is part of the international Fête de la Musique that takes place in more than 2,000 cities in 120 countries. The all-day musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms and encourages people to collaborate and perform in free public concerts. This year, more than 150 U.S. cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin are hosting Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music-making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit


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