Make Music Winter Will be Back on December 21 Throughout New York City

Make Music Winter is back this holiday season, showcasing free music parades across NYC. The celebration will take place on December 21, 2021 starting at 9AM and running through 8PM. 

Make Music Winter 2021

This free, annual, outdoor music-making celebration Make Music Winter features participatory parades representing a variety of cultures and genres. These mobile outdoor events are both joyous and safe, a testament to the vitality and resolve of NYC’s music makers.

All the parades celebrating throughout the day will be also celebrating the winter solstice and longest night of the year, December 21st. The parades will showcase professionals, amateurs, and the curious and all are welcomed and encouraged to share their love of music and transform the cityscape by joining one or more of the programs listed below. The parades will feature an array of folk, world music, and pop gatherings, classical/new music events.The performances will include  Bach to Beatles: Winter Solstice Waltz, Standing Still/Tilted Axes, Mutant Toy Parade, Bell by Bell, Pilgrimage, and The Mobile Hallelujah. 

Here for your reference are some of this season’s highlights in chronological order bellow: 

9 – 11 am – “Bach to Beatles: Winter Solstice Waltz” at The Oculus in the Financial District.  

10:45 am – 11:15 am – “Standing Still” presented by Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars at Herald Square and the surrounding neighborhood. As the sun “stands still” above at precisely 10:59am EST, the music parade will mark the occasion by the ringing of a bell and a special performative minute to the surprise of all onlookers. Interested participants are requested to send an email to by December 15th to receive further information on how to register; you must register ahead of time to perform with this program.

4 – 7:30 pm – “Flatfoot Flatbush” along North Flatbush Avenue between Park Place and Dean Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 

5 – 6 pm – “Bronx Samba” at Bronx Stadium Gardens, E 161 St. between Gerard & Walton in Concourse, Bronx. Presented with the 161st Street Business Improvement District.

5:15 – 5:45 pm – “Mutant Toy Parade” at Uptown Grand Central in East Harlem.

5:30 – 7:30 pm – “Harlem Solstice Jam” at Uptown Grand Central and all along E 125 Street shopfronts in East Harlem.

5:30 – 7:30 pm – HONK NYC’s fourth annual Winter Solstice procession is a collective release through music and dance after two years of COVID-19. 

6 – 7 pm – “Bell by Bell” at Elizabeth Street Garden at Elizabeth St. between Prince St. & Spring St. in Soho.

6 – 7 pm – “Melrose Parranda” starting at the Bronx Music Hall, 428 E 163rd Street at the corner of Washington Avenue in Melrose, the Bronx. 

6 – 8 pm – “The Mobile Hallelujah” at seven outdoor midtown Manhattan locations including the main branch of the New York Public Library, One Vanderbilt, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.

6:30 – 8 pm – “Queens Solstice Soiree” at Travers Park in Jackson Heights, Queens. Presented in partnership with Queensboro Dance Festival.

6:30 – 7:30 pm – “Tambor Tuesday Street Jam” from Astor Place Plaza to club Drom in the East Village. Presented in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.

For more information on Make Music Winter 2021 visit their website.

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