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Arts & Culture

The Arts are Everywhere You Look in Maine's Kennebec Valley

From a classic American theater perched upon the edge of a sparkling Maine lake to a gleaming modern museum showcasing the finest American artwork of the past three centuries, our arts community keeps shining brightly. The arts and culture of Maine’s Kennebec Valley offer numerous reasons to visit.

Theater and Musical Performance

There is no denying that the Kennebec Valley offers many exciting options for live performances. Waterville Opera House now offers performances year-round. During the summer visit the majestic Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney. Lakewood Theater in Madison raises its curtain every season, as does the Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, Johnson Hall in Gardiner, and Theater at Monmouth. Hallowell and Gardiner have many year-round music venues, including stages right on the banks of the Kennebec. Lovers of country and bluegrass should also check out the Blistered Fingers family bluegrass festival and Country Fest in Litchfield.

Art Museums and Galleries

The Colby Museum of Art continues to impress visitors with its vast collection of American art housed in a gorgeous new home. The 2013 opening of a beautiful pavilion—making it Maine’s largest art museum—is a must-see stop (and it’s free!) For art on a smaller scale, take in the work of talented artists showing at Gardiner’s Monkitree, Hallowell’s Harlow Gallery, or Common Street Arts in Waterville.

Cinema & Festivals

The Maine Film Center offers year-round showings and annual events like the acclaimed Maine International Film Festival. For a little more “action,” travel to The Forks in August for the Maine Outdoor Film Festival: a perfect venue for watching films made about the great outdoors as you sit beneath the summer stars in the Maine woods.

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