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Walking down Main Street of just about any town in Maine, you will hear music coming from coffee shops and bars, churches and performance halls. Music has been a part of Maine’s culture since settlers landed on the east coast, bringing with them their musical heritage. There is something about the state’s natural beauty that brings out creativity in everyone. Today, Maine’s music embraces traditions of the past with classical, folk, klezmer, and jazz alongside today’s rock, country and indie music. The state has some of the country’s best blues and bluegrass music festivals – tribute indeed to our love of all things musical.

Performance Halls You'll find homegrown talent and nationally known artists at small-town venues, like the Stone Mountain Arts Center, a cozy timber-framed barn in the foothills of the White Mountains, or Rockland’s Strand Theatre. The biggest cities are popular stops for today’s stars on national tours, like Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, a large open-air amphitheater on the banks of the Penobscot River. Portland’s historic Merrill Auditorium is home to the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, and is an incredible venue for shows like Ray LaMontagne and David Byrne.

Music Festivals, Series' & Venues Maine has more than two dozen music festivals each year, some for pop, rock and traditional music, others specializing in classical and orchestral music. In addition, Maine boasts some terrific music series' and venues, some indoors, some outdoors, that draw everything from top-name international acts to local talent.

Free Concerts There are also numerous free music events at fairs, festivals, and outdoor concerts, as well as L.L. Bean's free outdoor summer entertainment program – which features big-name shows from around the country. Nonprofits often present concerts in historic venues, gardens and park settings with admission by donation.

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  • Developing the next generation of healthy, thoughtful, and creative citizens through choral signing.

    Phone: 207-671-9343

    Website: www.classicaluprising.org

    Address: N/A , Portland

    Performing Arts
  • Mayo Street Arts strives to strengthen its neighborhood and community by providing a haven for the...

    Phone: 207-879-4629

    Website: mayostreetarts.org

    Address: 10 Mayo Street , Portland

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  • Discover the best food and drink Maine has to offer through exhibits, events, classes and, of course, your sense of taste!

    Phone: 207-558-5772

    Website: www.mainetastingcenter.com

    Address: 506 Old Bath Rd. , Wiscasset

    Farm Stands and Farmer's Markets Classes and Workshops Fairs and Festivals
  • Snow Pond Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit, located on a 40-acre campus along the shores of Lake Messalonskee in Central Maine. Snow Pond is a community center and home to the New England Music Camp, Snow Pond Music Festival.

    Phone: 844-476-6976

    Website: www.snowpond.org

    Address: 8 Goldenrod Lane , Sidney

    Fairs and Festivals Art and Craft Performing Arts
  • Operated by the nonprofit Friends of Soliders Memorial Library, the Arts Center offers classes, concerts, art shows, presentations, classes, meeting space, and facility rentals.

    Phone: 207-409-1822

    Website: soldiersmemlib1.wixsite.com

    Address: 8 Hancock Avenue , Hiram

    Performing Arts Venues Classes and Workshops
  • Maine's largest Year-round Farmers Market Open 9-2 Saturday. Maine Made Products from 70+ Farmers, Bakers, Artisans, Prepared Foods, Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, Lobster Rolls, Herbal & CBD, Juice Bar. Offering event rooms from 2700 - 7500 sf.

    Phone: 207-218-7005

    Website: www.belfastmarket.com

    Address: 18 Spring St. , Belfast

    Farm Stands and Farmer's Markets Art and Craft Performing Arts

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