Each July, Downtown Waterville and The Maine Film Center welcome the renowned Maine International Film Festival. The 10 days of the festival showcase nearly 100 films, representing the best of American independent and international cinema, and spotlight some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.
Throughout the rest of the year, the Film Center maintains an independent movie theater, offering art house, classic, and first-run movies. Plus, some of the best popcorn in the known universe.
Music for all tastes
Warm weather brings live music with it to Maine’s Kennebec Valley. In Gardiner, Johnson Hall puts on its Free Summer Waterfront Concert Series, with bands like The Mallett Brothers, Muddy Ruckus, and the Juke Joint Devils. Bring your camp chair and enjoy music with a views of the river.
Hallowell offers an abundance of music venues, including a stage right on the Kennebec River banks. Bluegrass lovers should not miss the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival in Litchfield (held twice each summer). If your soul is stirred by classical music, bathe in the experience of Waterville’s multi-week Atlantic Music Festival.
Speaking of Waterville, Waterville Rocks! is a FREE, family-friendly concert series held at beautiful Head of Falls each summer. And, if it rains, shows are held inside the Waterville Opera House.