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.
Penobscot Theater Company
131 Main Street, Bangor
Box Office: (207)-942- 3333 | Administrative Office: (207)-947- 6618
Hours: Box office M-F, Theater open per event
- America’s Northeastern-most professional theatre company
- Last remaining theatre in downtown Bangor
- Educational and outreach programming is the largest in the state, serving thousands of Maine students in schools with workshops
- Offers post-show discussions, student matinees and summer theatre workshops
American Folk Festival
Hours: Last full weekend in August
- Presents music, dance and other performing arts representing cultural traditions from across America and the world.
- Showcases and markets the Bangor Waterfront and the Greater Bangor Region by attracting thousands of festival-goers each year
- Offers festival-goers the opportunity to purchase authentic, hand-made crafts from regional artisans and made-in- Maine food products
- Enhances the festival experience by offering a variety of regional, ethnic and fair food
14 State Street, Bangor
Hours: Open per event
- A major production in the spring of each year and a social evening featuring Bangor ballet dancers in January
- April 2008, Bangor Ballet made its international debut
- Features both traditional and original choreography
647 Main Street, Bangor
Hours: Seasonal, Tuesday night events
- One of the oldest, continuous community bands in the United States
- Founded in 1859
- Plays each concert free of charge
Bangor Symphony Orchestra
891 Broadway, Bangor
Hours: Open per event
- Open since 1896
- One of the oldest continuously operating orchestras in the U.S
- 70 musicians present classical concerts and pops concerts
Collins Center for the Arts
2 Flagstaff Road, Orono
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Open later per event
- A performing arts center and concert hall located on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono
- Home of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
- Home to the Hudson Museum
Cool Sounds Concert Series
West Market Square, Downtown Bangor
Hours: Seasonal, weekly concerts
- Offers a different entertainer each week
- Hosts 40+ vendors of Maine-made goods, crafts and food
River City Cinemas
Hours: Open per showing
- Holds a free outdoor film festival downtown Bangor during the summer season
- created Cinema to Go, a portable digital theater
- Holds special film programs in a variety of venues, even outdoors
Robinson Ballet Company
107 Union Street, Bangor
Hours: Open per event
- Travels to schools and instructs students in fundamental dance techniques
- Creates, encourages, and provides performance training and opportunity to people interested in performance dance