Welcome the summer solstice with 1,000+ free events during Make Music Day

June 19, 2019

Image of Mozart’s Requiem being played at the National September 11 Memorial during Make Music Day 2018

During the summer solstice this Friday, New Yorkers will enjoy 15 hours, 5 minutes and 38 seconds of daylight. While there are many ways of celebrating the year’s longest day, you can’t go wrong by filling it with music. This year, Make Music Day returns to the city on June 21, featuring over 1,000 free outdoor concerts, music lessons, and jam sessions in public spaces across the five boroughs.

Highlights of the festive event include a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in the Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell, a ten-piece ensemble led by Grammy-nominated recording artist Bobby Sanabria at the New York Botanical Garden, and a musical parade of canoes floating up and down the Gowanus Canal while performing Eric Whitacre’s “Water House.”

There will also be a block party celebrating immigrant culture in Astor Place, choral performances at the recently restored Harlem Fire Watchtower, and a day-long celebration of LGBTQ performers at the Stonewall National Monument in Christopher Street Park. In short, there’s really something for everyone. Check out all the events here.

The daylong musical free-for-all on the summer solstice is the flagship event of Make Music Day, which is being held in more than 80 U.S. cities and 120 countries.

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