Cultural Arts

American Folk Festival

Celebrating traditional music, dance, food and crafts, the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront takes place at the end of August each year (in 2005: August 26, 27, & 28). It features more than 20 performing groups on five stages, and admission is free! Visit www.americanfolkfestival.com or call 207.992.2630 for more information.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra

44 Central Street, Bangor, ME 04401, (207) 942-5555 (800) 639-3221 The nation's oldest community orchestra with continuous service (est. 1896) performs classical concerts, casual concerts, youth programs, chamber music, and the Nutcrackers Ballet during its season which runs from October through May.

Between Friends and Next Generation Theatre

39 Center Street, Brewer, ME 04412, (207) 989-7100. Next Generation Theatre is one of the area's newest venues for musical and theatrical performances as well as education in the Arts. They offer classes for children in theatre, dance, and art, and provide a performance space for musicians and entertainers. The theatre can also be rented out for functions. Next Generation Theatre is located at 39 Center Street in Brewer in the back of the Between Friends Art Center building. For more info, visit nextgenerationtheatre.com

Hudson Museum

Maine Center for the Arts, University of Maine, (207) 581-1901 The Hudson Museum is an anthropology museum whose exhibits and programs explore anthropology as the study of humans and their reliance on culture. Open Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm; closed Mondays and holidays. Free General Admission.

Maine Discovery Museum

74 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 262-7200 With seven major interactive exhibit areas on three floors, Maine Discovery Museum is the largest children's museum north of Boston, and never the same visit twice. Located in the historic Freese's building in downtown Bangor, MDM is just an hour's drive from Acadia National Park. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 to 5:00. Open Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00. Closed Mondays except for some school holidays. General admission is $6 for children and adults. Twelve months and under free. Members free.

Maine Center for the Arts

Hutchins Concert Hall, University of Maine, Orono 581-1755. Maine Center for the Arts is an extraordinary cultural facility featuring the following types of entertainment: classical, country/western, comedy, theatre, children's performances, jazz, modern, ballet dance and opera. Many of these performances are presently in the Hutchins Concert Hall, Maine's first concert hall.

School of Performing Arts

University of Maine, Orono The public is invited to attend the variety of exciting events that proudly showcase the abundant talent of University of Maine students and faculty. Nearly 40 music, theatre and dance performances are scheduled seasonally. For tickets and information, please call 581-1755.

University of Maine Museum of Art

Norumbega Hall, 40 Harlow Street, Bangor 561-3350 Highlights include works by Winslow Homer, Max Beckmann, Francisco Goya, George Inness, K├Ąthe Kollwitz and Pablo Picasso. In addition, the Museum of Art hosts an annual calendar of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists and ideas. Open Monday-Saturday10-5. Free admission to the University of Maine Museum of Art through 2014 was made possible by a generous gift from Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Penobscot Theatre Company

183 Main Street, Bangor 942-3333 Penobscot Theatre Company, professional theatre in the heart of Maine, producing a nine-month season of six plays, with special summer events and a Creative Arts Program for youth, teens and young adults.