Salem joins the international Make Music Day celebration with Make Music Salem on Monday, June 21, 2021, from 10am-11pm. 

Make Music Salem is a one-day event where free, live performances and opportunities to make music take place outdoors throughout Salem on the longest day of the year. 

Musical festivities in Salem are part of a global celebration of music making in over 1,000 cities worldwide inspired by Fête de la Musique, which began in France in 1982. Salem’s celebration is one of over a 100 cities in the U.S. taking place and the only city in Oregon to participate.

After virtual performances in 2020, Salem’s organizers are looking forward to hosting in-person performances in 2021, the sixth consecutive year for Make Music Salem. Mark Green, Make Music Salem committee member, indicates participant registration this year is on track to have more than 100 musical performances and more than 20 host venues. Locations include downtown, North and South Salem, the Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill), as well as park and neighborhood performances. 

The day also includes special music events for anyone to participate including bucket drumming, harmonica give-away and play-along, and a silent auction to close out the festivities.

Make Music Day Salem invites everyone from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument, individuals to large bands, all ages, and all musical genres to join in this global music celebration.

Any musical participants, host venue locations, stage sponsors/donors, and volunteers can click the ‘Get Involved’ link at: makemusicsalem.org.