New Year's Eve In Maine: A MapQuest Guide

11/30/2011 04:39 pm ET | Updated Dec 02, 2011

On New Year's Eve in Maine, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in Maine.

Maine New Year's Eve Events Map

The Oddfellow Theater's Farewell Bash!

The Oddfellow Theater is closing its doors. The lovable Southern Maine venue has been home to quirky and indie musicians and performers since 1997, and helped launch the careers of such artists as Grammy-winner Ray LaMontagne and Emmy-nominated EepyBird. Its final three shows will take place over two nights: Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. and New Year's Eve, at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. "For these shows we will be pulling out all the stops," says venue owner Michael R. Miclon. "Each show will be packed with guest performers, favorite sketches and a video or two ... We hope you will be stopping by to laugh, sing and cry a little with us as we say goodbye."

Downtown Countdown

The City of Bangor invites adults and children of all ages to ring in the new year at the sixth annual Downtown Countdown. The free family-friendly event includes a variety of entertainment and outdoor musical performances. In past years, participants made s'mores with the fire department and danced in the streets. Festivities start at 7 p.m. in West Market Square and continue until after the ball drop at midnight.

New Year's By The Bay

Celebrate the incoming year alcohol-free at Belfast's annual New Year's By the Bay. The party is family-friendly and includes activities for all ages. Enjoy live music that includes rock, folk, bluegrass and jazz, as well as dancing and street shows. According to, visitors can take in ice sculptures and carriage rides, and children have plenty to do, including face painting and listening to storytellers. There's even a free demonstration of the game of curling by the Belfast Curling Club. Local restaurants offer a variety of tasty food options. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students (K-12) and free for children 4 and younger.

New Year's Eve In Maine: Video

Watch the ball drop at Downtown Countdown in Bangor, Maine.

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