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Posted on: June 16, 2023

Free Concerts in Golden Gate Park, UN Plaza, Main Library & Across SF for Make Music Day

Make Music Day

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Music will fill Golden Gate Park and United Nations Plaza, and all over San Francisco on Wednesday, June 21, as San Francisco celebrates Make Music Day with free concerts, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today.  

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world. Launched in 1982 in France as Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. San Francisco’s second annual celebration is a partnership of the City’s Office of Small Business, Rec and Park and Public Library; as well as Illuminate Live, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, NAMM Foundation, and downtown stakeholders.

Pop up concerts will be held in venues all over San Francisco from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Musicians can be matched with venues here.

“From the World’s Fair to the Summer of Love and beyond, San Francisco’s parks and plazas have a storied history of live music,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “We’re excited to host a diverse lineup of musicians in Golden Gate Park and UN Plaza.”

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto outdoor spaces from porches to streets to public squares to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

"I am thrilled that the Fête de la Musique in San Francisco is now a yearly event which is here to stay, said Consul General of France in San Francisco Frederic Jung. “This global celebration of music is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy the power of music. I encourage everyone to join in and experience this celebration of music that gathers 6 million people around the world on June 21st."

To find live Make Music Day performances in San Francisco’s libraries, cafes and other spaces, visit Make Music Day San Francisco.

In San Francisco’s parks and plazas: 

Golden Gate Bandshell 

(Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park)

Noon: Jesse Loren Strickman

1 p.m. Evan Bachman

2 p.m.  Like Planes

3 p.m.  Manos Lindas

4 p.m.  Kevin North Band

5 p.m.  Great American Robber Barons

6 p.m.  Carry Nation

7 p.m.  DJ Greg Cerrone


JFK Promenade Golden Stage 

(JFK Promenade at Nancy Pelosi Drive)

12:30 p.m. Frances Ancheta Becker

1:30 p.m. Ryvo

2:30 p.m. Troubadours Fools

3:30 p.m.  Donovan Plant and The Leafs

Procession down JFK: Bateria Batuci 


JFK Promenade Garden Stage 

(JFK Promenade at 14th Avenue/East Meadow)

Noon Stevie Coupons

1 p.m. Jon & The Baptists

2 p.m. No Country

3 p.m. Swiss

United Nations Plaza

Noon: Jazz Mafia


The San Francisco Public Library is also participating. Performances at the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, include: 

Noon: Purple Glaze  (on the Fulton Street steps)

4 p.m. San Francisco Symphony cellist Amos Yang and bassist Charles Chandler (in the Atrium) 


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