Bangor Sidewalk Art Festival returns after a two-year hiatus

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 9, 2022

This year, the event brought together over 40 local vendors to display their artwork and handmade creations.

BANGOR, Maine — Part of Harlow Street in downtown Bangor was closed for most of Saturday for the return of the city’s Sidewalk Art Festival. The event, organized by Downtown Bangor Partnership, is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

More than 40 vendors filled the streets and sidewalks with their works of art. Artists brought paintings, handmade creations like jewelry and clothing, photographs and prints to display.

Live performances also took place throughout the day. Some of the musical performances included the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine Academy of Modern Music, Firefly the Hybrid, and LVLGHTS. The Ten Bucks Theater also performed scenes from Romeo and Juliet in the afternoon.

This year’s event included more programs for children to participate in. There was a zoon for petting instruments, kids yoga, rock painting, face painting and a chance for kids to learn how to bead.

Betsy Lundy is the Executive Director of the Downtown Bangor Partnership.

“We wanted to do something that would showcase the artistic and cultural environment that exists here by creating the Sidewalk Art Festival. So even a lot of the artists you see walking around are artists who have studios in Bangor and they’re on the upper floors of buildings and that gives them an opportunity to get out on the street and interact with people,” Lundy said.

Downtown Bangor Partnership also hosts a “First Fridays” event on the first Friday of every month where local restaurants and stores offer specials and discounts to attract people to the city.

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