Strolling through a city or charming town in Maine is all well and good, but if it’s an art walk, it's so much better. Maine is home and muse to many an artist and monthly art walks are a delightful way to wend your way through a town’s artist community. Artists open their studios to the public, as do many galleries and museums. These free self-guided tours are social events, like a pop-up block party – and are perfect for learning about the culture and spirit of the city. Discover new artists or old favorites across the state, from Presque Isle to Kennebunkport.
Most of Maine’s art walks are in the warmer months, like Bangor’s First Friday art walk from May-October; Rockland's First Friday from May-October; Belfast’s Fourth Friday from May-September; Bath's Third Friday from May-September; and Lewiston/Auburn’s Walk LA is the final Friday of June through October. Second Friday Brunswick runs from June through September and includes art, live music, dance and theatrical performances.
Portland has a very popular year-round Art Walk on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. in venues all over the city, with most along or near Congress Street. And Portland’s METRO is free the first Friday starting at 4 p.m. The Portland Museum of Art is free every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. You can pick up an Artwalk guide and map at 84 Free Street for the month’s venues.
Maine has more than 80 art walks throughout the year so wherever you are, be sure to see if there is an art walk nearby.