U.S. News & World Report has rated Portland one of the top ten greatest places to live in the country. In this year’s report, Portland came in eighth place. The city’s quality of life, job market, cost of living, and desirability were all evaluated. The city’s eating and arts scenes, as well as Portland’s dozens of small companies, were recognized in the report. The average cost of Portland Maine apartments is $1600 a month and the average size apartment is 717 square feet, but this number varies widely based on the unit type, with affordable and luxurious options for both houses and flats. Studio apartments are the smallest and least expensive, 1-bedroom apartments are closer to the average, and 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments have larger square area.
Greater Portland has reached the pinnacle of its cultural renaissance. The thriving, year-round arts and culture sector is now a mecca for any and all types of cultural experiences. So, let’s draw back the curtain and have a look at what you might not know about our region’s booming art and entertainment calendar, from hidden jewels to widely awaited traditions, from the perspective of a local.
For First Friday Art Walk, Portland’s galleries, museums, and art venues open their doors free of charge on the first Friday of every month (rain, snow, or shine). This event, organized by Creative Portland, a Portland-based arts and culture non-profit, encourages local performers, musicians, and painters to fill the streets with their creativity by performing original songs and showcasing paintings and sculptures. Allow this stroll down Congress Street (and beyond) to transport you through the dazzling lights and cobblestone streets, feasting your eyes on the best of our local talent.
We haven’t even gotten to the most exciting portion yet. One of the most appealing aspects of our art scene, particularly in downtown Portland, is how close the venues are to one another. Two doors down from a jazz club, there’s a burlesque act. A historic facility, such as Merrill Auditorium or the State Theatre, is only around the corner. Even better, our world-class breweries and neighborhood bars & pubs are strewn among these art institutions for a drink. Alternatively, stay a while and have a bite to eat to see what all the fuss is about in our gourmet scene. The point is that there is a lot going on in this huge, little city, and it isn’t hard to find.
We keep the music playing all year. Outdoor concerts are held throughout Greater Portland during the summer months. L.L.Bean in Freeport hosts a free music series called “Summer in the Park,” which features acts from all over the world. You may also get a taste of our salty sea air by attending a waterfront performance at Westbrook’s up-and-coming Rock Row or checking out the commotion at Thompson’s Point, one of Portland’s newest attractions.