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Tuesday: Free Concerts in Parks, Plazas for Make Music Day  

June 17, 2022

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Tuesday: Free Concerts in Parks, Plazas for Make Music Day  

Celebration to be held June 21, the 40th anniversary of  Fête de la Musique

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Parks and plazas are taking center stage as San Francisco celebrates Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21 with concerts in Union Square, Golden Gate Park, and Civic Center Plaza, 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 celebration is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Rec and Park, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.  

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. 

In San Francisco’s parks and plazas: 

  • Civic Center Plaza, noon to 1 p.m.:  Honor Brass Band, New Orleans-style second line brass band. 
  • Union Square, 4-6 p.m., Dgiin, danceable American and international styles – from New Orleans swing to French chanson, salsa and cumbia to Roma hot jazz. 
  • Golden Gate Bandshell: 4-7:10 p.m.  Make Music San Francisco 
    • 4 – 4:30 p.m.: Evan Bachmann
    • 4:35 – 5:05 p.m.: Ant
    • 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.: Manos Lindas
    • 5:50 – 6:20 p.m. Sammy Patrick Band
    • 6:30 – 7:10 p.m.: Lorin Rowan

“Live music is the perfect complement to parks and outdoor space—allowing us to unwind, dance and connect with one another,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “We’re thrilled to host a lineup of crowd-pleasing bands in Union Square, Civic Center Plaza, and the historic Golden Gate Bandshell in Golden Gate Park.” 

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 such 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.

“We are very excited to bring Music Day to San Francisco, as ‘la Fête de la Musique’ is such a popular event in France since its first edition back in 1982,” said Consul General of France in San Francisco Frédéric Jung.  “We look forward to bringing together many music lovers to enjoy great concerts for free throughout the day, to celebrate music, the beginning of summer and the pleasure of coming together again.”

For more information, visit Make Music Day San Francisco or email