By Evie Carrick
June 21, 2019
Darial Sneed/Courtesy of Make Music

Dabble in the banjo? Like to sing in the shower? Tonight may be your night.

In cities around the world, people are taking to the streets to celebrate music — and you don’t have to be a professional musician to perform. Thanks to a tradition that started in France in 1982, every year on June 21 — the summer solstice and longest day of the year — music of every kind is celebrated during the Fête de la Musique (or Make Music Day).

Every kind of musician — amateaur and professional, young and old, punk rocker and classic flautist — will take to the streets to share their music with friends, family, and strangers in a free, public worldwide event.

While the French pave the way by pouring into the streets to dance, drink, and sing along, over 1,000 cities in 120 countries around the world are preparing to launch festivities of their own. Here are some of our favorites in major U.S. cities near you. A complete list of U.S. events can be found here.

Los Angeles

You’ll find a full evening of free live music — from jazz to Americana — at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. To get prepped, first swing by Las Palmas Gardens in the Hollywood core for some early afternoon music from Chelsea Snow.

New York City

Not one to be left out of any international celebration, New Yorkers will hit the streets tonight. Hip hop is set to dominate the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park while Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue is expected to be lined with musicians.

Chicago

The celebration continues in Chicago with a classical music set at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and music for kids and hip hop at the nearby Maggie Daley Park.

Boston

Most of Boston’s celebrations will happen in the downtown area, with listed events occurring at Franklin Steps and the Macy’s Art Market, among others.

Seattle

The party starts early in Seattle with live music commencing as early as 10:30 a.m. Music lovers will want to head to the event’s primary locations — Pier 58 and Westlake Park — early.

Nashville

Not one to miss out on anything music related, the streets of Nashville will be crowded with set events happening at the Nashville Farmers' Market and WeGo Central Plaza, among others.

Miami

The warm Miami weather lends itself to street music, and the city is taking advantage with live music on the sidewalks, beaches, and parks around the city. At Lummus Park you’ll find everything from ukulele workshops to swing music.

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