The beauty of the Greater Bangor area lies in its wide variety of arts, culture and great entertainment experiences that are available throughout the year.
There’s music and dance. If the live full sound of a symphony orchestra is what you crave, take in a performance by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest symphonies in the country, which has brought the joy of live music to people throughout Maine since 1896 and showcases concerts for many tastes and all ages. If you’re visiting Bangor during the holiday season, don’t miss the annual performance of The Nutcracker.
The Symphony performs at the 1,435-seat Collins Center for the Arts (CCA), located on the University of Maine campus. Look no further than the CCA for an exciting mix of world-renowned performing arts events — more than 40 each year! Each season brings Broadway musicals, legendary singers, nationally-known comedians, exciting dance companies, family shows, and theatre. Chamber music concerts take place in the adjacent Minsky Recital Hall. In addition to the live series, the Broadcast series includes a thrilling mix of theatre from London and opera from New York in its NT Live and Met Opera series.
In the summer months you can experience a variety of outdoor music, including the Cool Sounds concert series in Pickering Square, the energetic sounds of the Bangor Band at the bandstand near the Paul Bunyan Park, or one of the many music concerts and festivals on the Bangor Waterfront during the summer including the American Folk Festival. Held during the last weekend of August, the American Folk features music from Cajun to Irish, Quebecois to blues, and this free festival presents more than 20 different groups over three days on numerous stages, and food and craft vendors along Bangor’s waterfront.
There’s drama. Visit the architecturally magnificent and historic Bangor Opera House to take in a show by the Penobscot Theatre Company. The professional company creates highly acclaimed productions ranging from side-splitting comedies & joyous musicals to world premiere theatrical work that keep you thinking long after the curtain has fallen. The Gracie Theatre at Husson University also features a state-of-the-art sound system, premium acoustics, up-to-date lighting equipment and an intimate 500-seat house. You can find a variety of well-known performers, ballet and dance performances, and musical acts from the orchestra to blue and everything in between at the theatre.
And there’s more. Catch a free film on warm Fridays hosted by River City Cinema in Pickering Square. If you want an exciting mix of world-renowned performing arts events, look no further than the Collins Center for the Arts (CCA) at the University of Maine in Orono’s campus, which offers a varied schedule of performances from touring Broadway performances and live simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera to the Vienna Boys Choir. Be sure to stop in and see the Hudson Museum, housed in the CCA, which features thousands of Native American artifacts.