On June 21, 2015 San Diego joined over 700 cities worldwide to celebrate Make Music Day with the inaugural Make Music Day San Diego in Balboa Park.
Make Music Day San Diego was proud to partner with The City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation Department and the Friends of Balboa Park to make the 2015 Make Music Day an official event of the Centennial Celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Make Music Day San Diego was part of a summer-long “Music in the Park Series” held in the Plaza de Panama and created to complement the 35-year tradition of the Twilight in the Park Program.
Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is a free celebration of music held annually on June 21st in more than 100 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is completely free and open to the public, and it is open to every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, and of every musical persuasion.
Make Music Day San Diego in Balboa Park included “Mass Appeal” events (massed groups of musicians playing together on a single type of instrument such as ukuleles, banjos, harmonicas or guitars) as well as unique, site-specific musical performances and educational programming like hands-on instrument making workshops.