Ah, summer in Maine. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and the time to enjoy the great outdoors is here. If you’re like me, one of the my favorite things to do in the summer in Maine is see some great live music outdoors!

Whether you're into rock, pop, folk, blues, or something else entirely, there’s probably a venue hosting a summer show that you will want to see. I came up with a little guide to some of the best spots to catch some great bands perform under the open sky this summer.


1. Thompson's Point - Portland

Thompson's Point in Portland is a prime spot for outdoor concerts. This summer, they’ve locked in big names like Counting Crows, Flaming Lips, Guster,  Primus/Coheed and Cambria, Lake Street Dive, Goose along with others. This venue has the perfect summer vibe along with beautiful views of the Fore River, which make it a must-visit for any music lover. Plus, it’s just a short distance from downtown Portland, so you can make a whole day of exploring the city before the show​. Oh, did I mention the sunsets there are priceless?

Lauryn Hottinger
Lauryn Hottinger

2. Maine Savings Amphitheater - Bangor

Maine Savings Amphitheater is a gem in Bangor. Maine’s largest outdoor venue offers a solid lineup each summer that include all different genres from rock, pop, country, and beyond. From big names like Hootie & The Blowfish and Smashing Pumpkins to Niall Horan and Kenny Chesney, this recently renovated venue is perfect for those looking to see major acts in an outdoor setting. The waterfront location also adds a nice touch.

3. Snow Pond Center for the Arts - Sidney

I’ve seen a few shows at Snow Pond Center for the Arts, and absolutely love this venue. It's the place to be. Located on Lake Messalonskee, it offers all the summer vibes for enjoying live music. You can bring your chairs or blankets and set up towards the back, or if you’re like me and want to get right into it, there is a general admission standing area near the stage. There’s no better venue to check out the legendary Beach Boys! They will be there this summer, along with the Indigo Girls and others.

4. Thomas Point Beach & Campground - Brunswick

For those who enjoy a festival atmosphere, Thomas Point Beach & Campground in Brunswick is perfect. They host events like the Point Reggae Arts & Music Festival and the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival. This venue is also perfect for those who love to camp out and enjoy multiple days of music.

5. L.L. Bean Summer in the Park - Freeport

Freeport's L.L. Bean Summer in the Park series offers free outdoor concerts right in Discovery Park. Yes, they're free. This is a great option for families or anyone looking to enjoy some live music without having to dig into the wallet. With a diverse lineup and a relaxed atmosphere, these concerts are the perfect way to spend a summer evening​. Don’t forget to bring your chairs.

Outdoor free jazz concert on grass in summer

6. Wells Harbor Park - Wells

Wells Harbor Park is a great venue that hosts a summer concert series every Saturday evening. These concerts that take place in a gazebo might not be big national recording artists, but it won't matter as you're overlooking the harbor on a beautiful day while watching live music. It doesn't get much more summer than that! Expect an intimate setting, which is a great way to unwind after a day at the beach or a hike.

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