First Fridays August Edition


First Fridays in Downtown Bangor is a MUST visit event. This celebration in our historic downtown shopping, dining, arts and commerce district is held on the first Friday of every month and gives visitors a chance to shop, drink, participate in activities, see art, listen to music and eat late into the evening.

Be sure to visit the Kin Wabanaki arts tent where local coop Kin will be selling a collection of Wabanaki creations.

The month of August we are honored to take part in the Maine Health Equity Alliance Downtown Bangor Pride Art Walk. All MHEA activities are labeled with a rainbow symbol

Downtown eateries are pleased to offer 13 locations with blueberry themed treats as part of the Wild Blueberry Weekend.

Galleries and Studios

Birds & Bones Studio
Artist Lauren Martin
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: 34 Main Street

Bodywise Pilates
Featuring Jean Savage, Watercolors and Acrylic
Location: 96 Harlow Street, Suite 118
Hours 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fork and Spoon
Come (ice) scream at the works ofSamantha Bullard, fine artists
Location: 76 Main Street


Kin Wabanaki Art
Featuring the work of extraordinary Wabanaki artisans
Location: 30 Central Street
Hours 4 p.m. – 7  p.m.

Noble Root
Featuring art work by Kat Johnson
Location: 31 Main Street


Paddy Murphy’s
Featuring the art work of Aspen Ruhlin
Hours: 8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Location: 26 Main Street

Solstice Nutrition
Featuring the art of Josh Wescoat and Jenna Campbell
Kindness wall. One wall of the shop is painted and ready to become a mural covered by area residents.
Hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 73 Main Street

The Rock and Art Shop
Featuring the art of Mango Johnstone
Location: 36 Central Street


Together Place
Outdoor Mural by Liam Reading
Location: 2 2nd Street


Valentine Footwear
Featuring the art of Ralph Parks
Location: 115 Main Street
Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.

West Market Square Artisan Coffee
Artwork from Jon Tanner
Location: 24 Broad Street


Entertainment and Activities

2 Feet Brewing
Musical Ceilidh. Bring a musical instrument or your voice and join in. Social musical gathering starting at 5 p.m. outside under the tent, if the weather is good.
Location: 80 Columbia Street
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Maine Health Equity Alliance
Join Maine Health Equity Alliance for fun, family-friendly activities including face painting, sidewalk chalk drawing, a community canvas kiddos can paint on, and goodie bags for kids to take home.
Location: 26 Central Street
Hours: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Nocturnem Draft House
First Friday Jazz with The Bill Barnes Trio
Location: 56 Main Street
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Omland Yoga and L.L. Bean
Yoga at the Riverfront – sponsored by LL Bean
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Waterfront Park

Paddy Murphy’s
Paddy’s is thrilled to welcome back live music performance!! Gus & Mathias will be playing hard driving old time music on fiddle, guitar, and banjo!
Hours: 8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Location: 26 Main Street

Releve Dance Center
Live Performance
Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 145 Harlow Street, outside Bangor Public Library

West Market Square Artisan Coffee
Story Slam with MC Blane Shaw
Location: 24 Broad Street
Hours: 5:30 – 6:30

Woodland Pond School
Kid’s Activity: Design a New Maine Animal – we’ll do a little bit of teaching about Maine animal and their habitats, adaptations, diets, etc. Then kids will design a new animal of their very own, name it and decide where it lives, what it eats, how it moves, etc
Location: 145 Harlow Street, outside Bangor Public Library
Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Food and Drink Specials

2 Feet Brewing
Serving Winterport Blueberry Wine,  Baker Road Blueberry Cider, and Blueberry Mead by Honeymaker
Location: 80 Columbia Street
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Bagel Central
Start the celebration early with Blueberry Bagels baked right in their downtown storefront
Location: 33 Central Street
Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bangin Whoopie
3 Blueberry Flavored Whoopie Pies (Blueberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade)
Location: 6 Water Street
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Beer Black Bear Brewing
Maine Root Blueberry Root Beer &  Farmer’s Salad with Blueberries
Location: 193 Exchange Street
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Blaze Bangor
Serving Little Sal American Wild Ale aged on wild, low-bush blueberries
Location: 18 Broad Street
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Specialty Moscow Mule with Blueberries
Location: 25 Broad Street
Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Happy Endings
Maleficent Cocktail with Cold River Blueberry and Frangelico, shaken with blueberry pureé and a shot of whipped cream
Location: 32 Main Street
Hours: 3 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Cheese Plate including  blueberry mostarda
Location: 84 Hammond Street
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Orono Brewing Company
Serving Blueberry Wild Maine Hard Seltzer
Location: 26 State Street
Hours: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Paddy Murphy’s
Also featuring Maine blueberry cheesecake & blueberry drink specials in honor of Maine Wild Blueberry weekend!
Hours: 8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Location: 26 Main Street

Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant
Pepino’s own Blueberry Margarita
Location: 49 Park Street
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sea Dog
Blue Paw Blueberry Wheat Ale, brewed right here in their Bangor brewery
Location: 26 Front Street
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Solstice Nutrition
Blueberry flavors for smoothies and teas
Location: 73 Main Street
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Blueberry pie
Location: 96 Hammond Street
Hours: 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Retail Specials

Bangor Wine & Cheese
Variety of blueberry wines & beers, including Bluet (blueberry sparkling wine), Stella Rosa Blueberry Moscato, Catherine Hill Winery Cherryfield Blues, Marsh Island Pucker Crush Blue Raz
Location: 86 Hammond Street
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Central Street Farmhouse
Blueberry honey, Blueberry Pinot Noir Kit, Blue Shark Hot Blueberry Syrup, Just Add Fruit Wheat Beer, PLUS everything you need to create your own blueberry wine with your Wild Maine Blueberries
Location: 30 Central Street
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mexicali Blues
Enter to win a Mexicali Gift Certificate
Location: 1 Bangor Alley
Hours: 4:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Valentine Footwear
Pop-up specials & refreshments!
Location: 115 Main Street
Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.