Even though it is pretty much unknown in the US, Fete de la Musique (started in France in 1982) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year on the day of the Summer Solstice. It brings all kinds of musics to all kind of people in the streets and town centers of many cities for Free. The Festival now has spread as far as Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) where they staged it on June 17 this year,
Sidney and many other cities. According to MusiQualite it has been adopted by 120 countries and some 250 cities. In Europe, London stages a major event. Bruxelles (Belgium) extended the festivities to 5 days (Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25). Buenos Aires (Argentina) is staging its first Fete de la Musique this year. Citivox seems to offer the most detailed program for festivities in France.
Alas, in the US, I could only find happenings in Miami at the Gussman Theater (courtesy of the French Consulate) and Kalamazoo, this event from Fontana Chamber Arts should not really qualify as they charge for it when the spirit of this Festival is for music to be Free that day.
Maybe I should look into sponsoring an event here in my hometown of Montclair, New Jersey, next year.
I hope you live in or near a place staging concerts, in that case have a blast.
Happy Summer 06!