It's almost time to say goodbye to 2023 and celebrate a new year, with a huge party in Downtown Bangor!

Hard to believe, but another year is winding down, and that means it is time to party in Downtown Bangor. The annual "Downtown Countdown" is a day long event that has fun for people of all ages!

This year, the ball will be dropping from a new location! Instead of coming down from the rooftop of Paddy Murphy's, Besty Lundy from the Downtown Partnership says it will drop from a different location.

"The ball is moving to the Wabanaki Public Health building (former Epic Sports building)."

Arts & Culture, children and family events, great food, music, nightlife, and shopping are all on the agenda for this full day of fun.

Here is how the schedule of events breaks down:

Saturday, December 30th

7:30PM to 1:00AM- Queen City Cinema Club- Heavy for a Hearth! A night of metal, so come and get out of the cold for some great drinks and amazing food.

Sunday, December 31st

1:00PM to 4:00PM- Bangor Public Library-Celebrate the new year with a magical afternoon at the library. They will be open on Sunday just for this event! This year’s annual event features Wes the Magician, planetarium shows, NASA goodies, arts & crafts for the entire family, a selfie-station, cake, and more!

4:00PM to 12:00AM-Orono Brewing Company-OBC Tasting Room in Bangor will be open until midnight and will have a special champagne toast!

4:00PM to 6:00PM-Maine Discovery Museum-Get dressed up & celebrate NYE at MDM! Admission includes pizza, drinks, and snacks, dance party, and NYE crafts. Kid friendly raffles to raise $ for MDM too! Complete with a countdown at midnight.

4:00PM to 2:00AM-Happy Endings Martini Bar-Featured cocktails, food specials, and live music starting at 8:30pm with Michelle Boone

6:00PM to 2:00am-Paddy Murphy’s-Mike Billings on 6-string guitar/bass. Originals, covers, hip-hop, jams. From 9:30–12:30, you can get Funk’d with The 2024 Lucky All-Stars! MC Tew Phat, Spence Nelson, John Patterson, and Les Rhoda. And don't forget the iconic midnight ball drop from the top of Paddy's!

8:00PM to 10:00PM-Penobscot Theatre Company-Ring in the new year with a celebration to Rock and Roll! Bangor’s Rock Revelation takes us on a 50-year journey through rock in one spectacular night. For two performances only, rock in the new year!

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