Make Music Portland

Free concerts every year on the summer solstice.

Play-along events

More kid-friendly, free, play-along events than ever before

Scroll on to see what play-along events are in store for Make Music Portland 2018. (All events take place on June 21.)

Instrument-Building Garden


For kids of all ages, come make your own instruments using arts and crafts materials
Post Office Park (Exchange and Middle streets) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Shower Singing


Belt it out! One of our dreams for many years has been to bring a claw-foot tub and shower to one of Portland’s most popular public spaces, close the curtain (and set up a sound system around it), and let people sing out their favorite tunes like it’s their morning routine.
Lobsterman Park (Middle and Temple streets) from 12 to 1 p.m.

Community Participation Zimbabwean Marimba Music with Instruction


Here’s a unique opportunity. Learn to play a real Zimbabwean song on marimba, also referred to as “giant wooden xylophones”. No experience or skill is needed, just curiosity. Musician and teacher, Jacob Wolff, will be offering to teach folks to make some basic music on a drop in basis, arrive early stay late, have fun making music, from 1 – 3. (This will be most appropriate for adults and older children.)

There will also be breaks to allow time for children of all ages to explore the instruments freestyle. (And for adults to explore the fine offerings on tap.)
Rising Tide Brewing Company (103 Fox St, Portland) from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ukulele Jam


It’s ukulele time! We’ll be providing song book donated by Kala Brand Music. Our jam session will be led by the FLUKES, the Falmouth Library Ukulele Society. Bring your ukulele and jam out or come to listen.
Post Office Park (Exchange and Middle streets) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Harmonica Jam & Lessons

Learn from the best, or hone your skills. Or just bring your harmonica and jam out with us!

  • Hohner will be DONATING 75-100 free harmonicas to be given out
  • We’ll have harmonica teachers on-hand for quick, impromptu lessons

Post Office Park (Exchange and Middle streets) from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Bucket Drumming Circle


We’ll provide the buckets and the tempo, you bring the energy and the rhythm…
Lobsterman Park (Middle and Temple streets) from 7 to 8 p.m.