Greater Bangor will see a lot of traffic, both by car and by foot, this weekend as graduations, a concert, and a popular 5K fall just before Mother's Day.

Jim and I went out to breakfast Sunday and were amazed at the number of people with the same idea. We left one restaurant that had a line out the door and settled for another that had just one empty table. Traffic around town on Saturday was crazy as Husson University and the New England School of Communications celebrated commencement ceremonies.

But as busy as last weekend was, this weekend is promising to be even worse. (or better, depending on how you look at it!) There are several events going on in the Greater Bangor area that will keep business owners hopping and drivers frustrated by the amount of traffic. So start now planning your weekend activities and maybe you can avoid some of the congestion!

  • Andreas Rodriguez, Getty Images
    Andreas Rodriguez, Getty Images

    EMCC Graduation

    On Friday, Eastern Maine Community College will hold its Commencement ceremony at the Cross Insurance Center. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the graduation starts at 6 p.m. So, rush hour traffic in that area on Friday afternoon could be a bit of a headache. If at all possible, it's probably best to avoid that part of town during the late afternoon hours.

  • Color Bangor 2016 Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media
    Color Bangor 2016 Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media

    Color Bangor 5K Fun Run

    Saturday morning, the Color Bangor 5K will be held in the Bangor waterfront area. Runners and walkers will travel a route that will take them from the waterfront, traveling side streets to go around the Doughty school, through Bass Park, and then down Main Street to return to the waterfront. The course map for this event that will benefit the American Folk Festival, can be found here.

  • Photo, Ewa Walicka, ThinkStock
    Photo, Ewa Walicka, ThinkStock

    University of Maine Commencement

    Also on Saturday, the University of Maine in Orono will hold two Commencement ceremonies at Alfond Arena. The first is scheduled for 9:30 Saturday morning, while the second will begin at 2:30 that afternoon. Obviously there will be a lot of families from out of town staying in local hotels and eating in Bangor-area restaurants, so it's going to make the city pretty congested this weekend.

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    image100/Corbis, ThinkStock

    I Love The '90's Concert

    Lovers of music from the 1990's will flock to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday evening for the 'I Love The 90's Tour - The Party Continues.' The show gets underway at 7:30, so figure people will start arriving an hour or more before that. Performers at the show will include Naughty by Nature, Kid 'N Play, Blackstreet Sisqo, Montell Jordan, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Biz Markie, Coolio, C+C Music Factory, and Chubb Rock.

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    Jupiterimages, ThinkStock

    Mother's Day

    Sunday is Mother's Day, so that will send a lot of folks out to restaurants as they treat Mom to a meal she doesn't have to cook. If possible, you might want to get creative this year. Eat a little earlier or later than you normally would, or you could cook for Mom. You could suggest to Mom that you all go out to eat on Monday evening. Or maybe take her on a picnic! Early forecasts say it might be a nice weekend so get creative and enjoy!

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