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Arts & Culture

Maine Performs

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Portland Symphony Orchestra


The arts & entertainment scene in Maine is as vibrant as our pristine wilderness. The inspirational power of our natural surroundings encourages creativity and provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying the arts.

In Maine, the arts are treated as a state treasure: carefully cultivated and encouraged to flourish.

We’re proud of our rich cultural heritage, built on hundreds of years of artists coming to Maine for its restorative powers. For generations, musicians and performers have helped shape Maine into a renowned four-season artistic and cultural destination.

Every day in Maine provides a new opportunity to become a part of our arts community. Attend an outdoor concert, film premiere, or theatrical production in one of our many indoor and outdoor venues. Stop by a local artist’s studio, take home a Maine art original, and enjoy an arts experience that is as authentic as it is groundbreaking.

For dance enthusiasts, Maine offers the traditional New England folk dance of contra, classical ballet performances and new forms of modern dance.

Theater buffs can choose from a wide array of staged performances including musicals that pull out all of the stops, Shakespearean comedy and drama that come to life at Cumston Hall in Monmouth, the mystery of Agatha Christie performed in a city theater, a festival of new plays in Bangor, or Vaudeville-revisited in a renovated rural barn.

Music sounds better in Maine.

Savor a symphony in the mountains or on the coast. Seek inspiration from street performers in Harbor Park. Take a seat in one of Maine’s historic opera houses or lakeside amphitheaters and prepare to be sonically transported. The music of Maine is as diverse as the people who create it, and the options range from pipe-organ church concerts to outdoor festivals to L.L.Bean-sponsored summer in the park events.

After a long day of exploring the great outdoors of Maine, relax and take in our equally vital arts and culture scene.

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