New activities this year include random guerilla-style “Careless Whisper” saxophone solos and an Usher-themed Carpool Karaoke at Coolidge Park.
More than 50 local musicians will also perform free concerts at 20 locations on Thursday. Music begins at 10 a.m. and continues through midnight.
All Make Music Chattanooga events are free and open to the public.
Venues include the Public Library, Palace Theater, Niedlov’s, Creative Discovery Museum, Miller Plaza, The Camp House, Coolidge Park and more.
This year, local musicians will perform throughout the day including Behold the Brave, Buddy Shirk, Hara Paper, Katrina Barclay, Ryan Oyer, Somebody Loves Somebody, The Foothills, Tryezz and others.
The day also includes a drum duet competition, on-the-spot drum lessons, ukulele and harmonica workshops.
Make Music Day is every June 21. It was launched in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and is now held in 800 cities in 120 countries. The all-inclusive festival encourages everyone to join in and play music, host performances and enjoy live music on every street, park, rooftop and alleyway.
Similar to Parking Day-where public parking spaces are transformed into mini-parks-Make Music Chattanooga is designed to spread music and good vibes throughout the city.
Taryn Balwinski, the organizer of Make Music Chattanooga and founder of ConcertHopper, first learned about Make Music Day through a similar event in Asheville, North Carolina. She brought it to Chattanooga in 2016.
She said Make Music Day is a great time to shake-off that stage fright and perform in front of others.
“We have people every year that sign-up that just moved into town, they’re just getting their foot in the door,” she said. “We get a lot of musicians who are performing for the first time outside their bedroom, little kids performing. It’s a great networking opportunity.”