About the Festival

Friday - 6:30-10:30pm
Saturday - Noon-10:30pm
Sunday - Noon-6:30pm

Check out the 2017 Stage Schedule HERE



Winner of the:

  • 2007 - Top 100 Events (American Bus Association)
  • 2008 - Non-Profit of the Year (Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce)
  • 2008 - Impact Award (Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  • 2009 - Commitment to Community (Governors Conference on Tourism)
  • 2015 - Champion of Regional Asset Development (Bangor Entertainment Cluster - Maine Development Foundation)
Photo courtesy of the Bangor Daily News
From 2002- 2004, Bangor Maine was the host of the 64th, 65th and 66th National Folk Festivals.

In 2005, the American Folk Festival was introduced as a continuation of the Festival tradition. The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is a celebration of multi-cultural traditional arts - music, dance, crafts, food and storytelling.


The American Folk Festival:
  • Presents music, dance and other performing arts representing cultural traditions from across America and the world.
  • Showcases and markets the Bangor Waterfront and the greater Bangor area by attracting thousands of festival-goers each year. Center for Tourism Research & Outreach survey results.
  • Strives to present the event free of charge to the largest possible audience.
  • Offers festival-goers the opportunity to purchase authentic, hand-made crafts from regional artisans and made-in-Maine food products.
  • Enhances the festival experience by offering a variety of regional, ethnic and fair food.
  • Encourages community participation through volunteerism and attendance.