The Art of a Maine Vacation: The Arts in Freeport, Maine
Maine is famous the world over as an inspiration to and a haven for artists. Freeport is one of Maine’s best places to explore the Maine artistic tradition and see contemporary Maine art, music, concerts and performances. L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park is also the site of the summertime Maine arts favorite, Summer in the Park. A mix of fairs, family activities and live musical concerts, this summer arts series brings many wonderful live musical acts to Freeport, Maine – and it’s free!
Freeport is home to Maine’s oldest art gallery, an array of artisan jewelers, and unique boutiques filled with artful surprises and one-of-a-kind selections. Brown Goldsmith hand crafts their jewelry on-site – stop by and request a tour and see how it’s done. Freeport is also one of Maine’s best showcases for the work of contemporary artisans. Thos. Moser’s stunning handcrafted furniture collections transform authentic materials and techniques into contemporary classics, while Edgecomb Potters Gallery and Georgetown Pottery are filled with Maine art and artful objects, from the beautiful to the whimsical. And Smudge Art Studio for Kids is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon exploring the arts with children.
Fall in the Village Art and Music Festival
One of the most respected and popular Art Festivals in Maine is the annual FreeportUSA Fall in the Village Art and Music Festival, scheduled this year for September 15 & 16. This juried event brings together over a hundred of the most talented in several categories. Included are two and three-dimensional art, sculpture, mixed media, photography and craft.
In addition to the works of talented artists from all around New England gathered together on the L.L.Bean campus, we also have a great line up of live music planned for the afternoon on the L.L.Bean Stage – and admission is FREE!
3rd Fridays in Freeport
Join us every third Friday from June to December for a stroll around town and enjoy refreshments, art, fine craft, and the latest from our participating galleries and shops. The list of participating businesses continues to grow, so click here to see the latest list.
In addition, Freeport residents get a 10% discount at a variety of merchants around town, so be sure to come by and check out the deals. For a list of participating merchants, click here.
Freeport is home to a variety of arts organizations:
The Freeport Performing Arts Center
FPAC is a recently constructed 501seat state-of-the-art performance venue. An ever-increasing series of productions and concerts includes a range from symphonies, chamber ensembles and oratorios to community theatre, comedy, and folk trios. Find them online at www.freeportperformingarts.com.
Freeport Community Players
Freeport Community Players was formed in 1989 by a dedicated group of theater enthusiasts. Its mission is to provide opportunities for performers and audiences to enjoy the benefits of community theater and to promote performing arts in Freeport. Find them online at www.fcponline.org
Freeport Creative Arts
Open to all in the visual, creative and performance arts, FCA is an important new part of the Freeport Experience. Find them online at www.freeportcreativearts.com.
Greater Freeport Community Chorus
A mixed voice, non-auditioned chorus that enjoys singing a variety of music and want to share that with the community through concerts. Find them online at www.gfccweb.org.