Make Music Chattanooga is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. The event came from Make Music Day, or Fêta De La Musique, a worldwide celebration of music. This event was started in France in 1982 and has grown to include over 700 cities in 120 different countries.

All events will be:

  • Free (no tickets, no musicians or audience members are charged)
  • Participatory (open to any musicians at any level who wish to participate)
  • Featuring live music performances
  • For all ages and genres (no restrictions on kinds of music)
  • At multiple venues (not just one concert in one location)
  • In public spaces (that are accessible and welcoming to everyone)
  • On June 21st (the longest day of the year)

Click here for a full schedule of the day’s performers, events and locations: (It will take a minute to load.)

  • Venues include: Aquarium Plaza, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Carmike Majestic Parking Lot, Chattanooga Public Library, Cine-Rama, Coolidge Park, Feed Co Table and Tavern, Granfalloon, Miller Plaza and Riverside Wine and Spirits.
  • The festival will take place from 12pm-10pm


Highlights of the day include:

10 Hours of Music with over 60 performances
Various Locations
Check for a full schedule of the day’s performers and locations. (It will take a minute to load.)

Instrument Petting Zoo - Hosted by Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and Chattanooga Girls Rock 
The Granfalloon
12:00pm - 2:00pm
CSO will introduce you to and let you play classical instruments and CGR will have the rock instruments on hand. Here you can get back to the roots of music and still rock.

Making a Musical Instrument - Hosted by The Chattery
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Adults and kids will have the opportunity to make a musical instrument, learn how to play it and the history behind it. The Chattery promotes learning in the community, so this will be a fun activity with something to learn.

Street Studios - Hosted by Undaground
Studio 1: 1437 Market Street (Across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo)
Studio 2: 149 East MLK Blvd (In front of the Camp House)
Studio 3: 208 Frazier Avenue (Frazier entrance to the Walnut St Bridge)
Walk to up and sing and/or play an instrument at one of our three Street Studios to be included in an original song created from the various samples recorded that day.  

Piano Park hosted by possible by Buddy Shirk from Summitt Pianos
215 East Main Street (in front of Niedlov’s)
Piano players of all ages will be performing in the piano park on Main Street brought to you by Buddy Shirk from Summitt Pianos.

Community Karaoke – anyone can sing!
Miller Plaza
Gig City Productions, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and the River City Company are hosting a community karaoke lunch hour on the stage at Miller Plaza. Anyone can step and sing! Have your song ready and be ready to perform in front of a crowd…who knows, you may get discovered! 

Miller Plaza All-Day Bash and Grand Finale Party featuring the Communicators with Ryan Oyer and Heather Holt
Miller Plaza
Gig City Productions and River City Company have teamed up to bring all-day entertainment to Miller Plaza. Performances include: Stratton Tingle, Jamal Traub, Kindora, Rock Floyd, The Scarlett Love Conspiracy/Resurrection Mary, and a Grand Finale party with the Communicators featuring Ryan Oyer and Heather Holt. Food and alcohol available for purchase. 

Community Performance of Prince's 1999 (Final Performance of the Evening)
Miller Plaza
To honor the memory of Prince we are inviting everyone, all the performers and all the fans who enjoyed Make Music Chattanooga that day to participate in the grand finale. At 10:00pm we will all sing along to 1999 in Miller Plaza. Bonus points for dressing in purple. 

Long-Distance Live Duets
The Chattanooga Public Library and the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT, in cooperation with Big Heavy World, are coming together to celebrate music and technology. Musicians from both cities will perform together over the gigabit network using low latency software (LOLA).
The day will hold:

  • Headline performances from local musicians from both cities.
  • Open Mic Community Duets between the two cities – anyone can play! Bring your instrument.
  • Ukele Community Jam
  • Harmonica Community Jam and Workshop – for all skill levels

To see a complete schedule of the library’s events, visit All activities will take place on the library’s 4th floor on the “Lola Stage.”

Music Merch Mall
Waterhouse Pavilion 
12:00pm - 9:00pm
Make Music Chattanooga performers will be selling their merchandise (shirts, cds, stickers, etc.) to fans. The performers will keep 100% of the money from their sales. This is a great way to support the artists and get cool stuff.

Make Music Chattanooga