One of the greatest, and often under-utilized, event and concert venues in Maine has got to be the Augusta Civic Center.

For decades, until similar venues in Portland and Bangor were built, the Augusta Civic Center was the premiere concert venue in the State of Maine.

In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the Augusta Civic Center hosted world famous artists and bands like Johnny Cash, Alabama, Travis Tritt, Trace Adkins, Matchbox 20, Pearl Jam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, and dozens more.

One of the most famous concerts the venue ever hosted was Elvis Presley in the Spring of 1977.  Sadly, he would pass away just a few months later.

In addition to dozens of amazing concerts, the Augusta Civic Center has also been home to hundreds of high school and college basketball games, world class trade shows, and more.

Believe it or not, this amazing venue is turning 50 years old in 2023.  Clearly, it would not be right for the building to reach such a milestone without it being celebrated.

That's why the City of Augusta is going to be hosting a party for the Augusta Civic Center on Tuesday (January 17th) from 5 PM to 8 PM.  This special function will serve as the kickoff to a yearlong celebration of the venue.

The City of Augusta website describes the event as:

They also plan to have snacks and a cash bar.

Enjoy this special stroll down memory lane while listening to music from the many artists who performed here.  Reminisce as you wander through our archive of photos and news clips from the Augusta Civic Center’s history.


It is free to get into the event, but they are asking that anyone who plans to attend please make a reservation  You can do that by calling 207.626.2405 or email

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