performing arts

This region’s rugged beauty and wide collection of outdoor pursuits are well-matched by the collection of performing arts events that take place throughout the year from modern and avante garde dance and equity theater to juggling in a converted barn.

While visiting here, be sure to catch a show at any of the notable theaters producing world-class productions and original works. Stop by South Paris’ Celebration Barn Theater, offering vaudeville-style entertainment and immersive theater workshops for those looking to hone their skills, or buy a show ticket for Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center in Harrison, presenting over 40 unique productions a year in their exquisite Adirondack-style theater created by renowned theater architect Harrison G. Wiseman.

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Bates Dance Festival performances

Bates dance festival

The Bates Dance Festival is dedicated to offering a transformative dance experience to all who participate. Situated in Lewiston, it hosts an international roster of artists in a collaborative and joyful community. The Festival rigorously trains established and emerging dance artists through workshops and community-oriented programs and advances the field by supporting new work. 

From local youth to global professionals, the Festival convenes to create, perform, and witness vibrant and vital dance works.

Various Venues, Lewiston

Performing Arts Venues in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

celebration barn theater

Located in South Paris, Celebration Barn offers workshops and residencies for physical theater artists to hone their craft and develop their body of work. 

Each year, Celebration Barn presents a series of live theatrical productions in South Paris. These shows give visitors and local audiences the opportunity to experience the magic of live performance and to celebrate artists, both established and emerging, who share their work with the public in our intimate, historic venue.

Stock Farm Road, South Paris

The Public Theatre in Lewiston presents Equity theater performances

the public theater

Voted Maine’s “BEST THEATRE” by Down East Magazine seven years in a row, The Public Theatre, located in downtown Lewiston, brings you the most exciting contemporary plays from Broadway and beyond featuring the finest professional actors from New York to Los Angeles. 

Whether you’re seeing a rollicking comedy or a searing drama, we promise you a good story, well told. A cornerstone in the cultural life of Lewiston/Auburn, each season The Public Theatre produces six to eight productions.

31 Maple Street, Lewiston


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ways to adventure

Plan Your Trip

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains offers a variety of resources to help you plan your next visit, including an annual visitor’s guide, stand alone map, and the new Adventure Guide App.

Visitor's Guide

Our Free Visitor's Guide will help inspire your next adventure along our mountain trails, lakes, scenic byways, bustling towns and more.

Map of the Region

Companion to the Visitor Guide, our dual-sided planning map will help you find your way to adventure in every season throughout the region.

Adventure Guide App

The App will point the way to all kinds of adventures, experiences and destinations in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains with GPS location maps and alerts.

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