This iconic musical event, initiated in France over 40 years ago, has become an international celebration of music. Initiated by Jack Lang, former Minister of Culture in France, Fête de la Musique features free concerts highlighting the diversity of musical genres and is supported in France by SACEM, media, and local authorities. Held on June 21, the summer solstice, it symbolizes the meeting of art and summer.

In the United States, Fête de la Musique, also known as Make Music Day, is now celebrated in more than a hundred cities, attracting a growing audience, from metropolises to small towns. Here is our selection:

FRENCH AFRO PARTY at Le Petit Paris
To the sound of DJ Mai Azarov, come celebrate Fête de la Musique during the last French Afro Party before summer. Special offer: special cocktails from 7 PM to 11 PM for $7, shots for $5, and a bottle for $250. To take advantage of this offer, simply show the Instagram post of Mai Azarov.

Address: 515 Broadway Street – San Francisco
Free entry, from 9 PM to 2 AM

BARRIO MANOUCHE at Bissap Baobab
Double celebration of the summer solstice and Fête de la Musique, with an acoustic musical performance by Barrio Manouche & Banda Sin Nombre (Gypsy Jazz, flamenco guitar, Latin rhythms).

Address: 2243 Mission Street – San Francisco
Entry $10 with a drink, click here

DJ UMAMI presented by 836M at Golden Gate Park from 5 PM to 7 PM
DJ Umami was born, raised, and is based in the Bay Area. She is currently a resident DJ for the San Francisco Giants and was a Golden State Warriors DJ from 2012 to 2021. The unmistakable flavor and fervor she brings to any dancefloor, celebration, or occasion, is how she splashed onto the local scene in San Francisco in 2008.

Address: Golden Gate Park Bandshell (between the de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences)
Free entry, info here

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SAN FRANCISCO: “GARDEN PARTY”
No less than 7 music groups at the Alliance Française to celebrate Fête de la Musique with the charm of European street festivals with live performances, buffets inspired by European and international cuisine, and a selection of wines. Drink tickets to be won for the best outfits on the theme Garden Party & Music.

Address: Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco
Free entry, more info here

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BERKELEY
“À la bonne franquette” conversation evening about the history of Fête de la Musique followed by a piano recital by member Kadie Kelly, pianist and composer.

Address: Alliance Française de Berkeley
Entry $5, free for members – info here

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