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Events
Scheduling is in flux for the many celebratory and informative events planned by the Maine Bicentennial Commission, cultural organizations, schools and communities. As pandemic restrictions begin to lift, postponed events will be scheduled so please be sure to check back often.

COVID-19 UPDATE: maine bicentennial commission postpones commemorative events to 2021. read more about it here.

maine200 signature events

The Maine Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring five major events to celebrate Maine200:

STATEHOOD
DAY

fall 2021


This event, originally planned as an in-person ceremony on Statehood Day 2020, will now be a broadcast production featuring music, poems, official recognition statements and much more. A broadcast date will be announced in the fall of 2021.

State of Maine Bicentennial Parade

august 21, 2021

auburn/lewiston

An historic parade celebrating Maine's veterans, youth, and culture, with floats, bands and more from across Maine. Presented by Poland Spring.

SAILING SHIPS FESTIVAL

summer 2021 

up & DOWN the coast

Visits from a variety of sailing vessels, at multiple ports along the Maine coast, with associated festivals and activities. Presented by Bangor Savings Bank.

innovation
expo

november 20, 2021

portland

A hands-on experience, viewing awe-inspiring demonstrations of new technologies and more. Presented by Central Maine Power and Maine Technology Institute.

time capsule sealing

december 2021

MAINE STATE LIBRARY, AUGUSTA

The Bicentennial Time Capsule will be sealed in a formal ceremony with our Time Capsule Keepers, for future generations to discover. 

events calendar

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOST BICENTENNIAL EVENTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 2020 are now being rescheduled for this summer and fall of 2021.


PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

 

Submit an Event

Submissions must be open and accessible to the public, relevant to the bicentennial commemoration, and include a title, brief description, and image. Events listed on this calendar are not necessarily endorsed by the Maine Bicentennial Commission. Get more information on applying for a Maine200 endorsement of your event.

Events Calendar

August, 2021 August, 2021
Hallowell Granite Symposium
Hallowell Granite Symposium
Aug 1, 2021 to Sep 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Stevens Commons, Hallowell, Maine
Sailing Ships Festival
Sailing Ships Festival
Aug 1, 2021 to Aug 9, 2021
Time: All Day
Along the Coast
The Maine Bicentennial Sailing Ships Festival will feature multiple ships at ports along the Maine coast during the summer of 2021. Ships have already visited Boothbay Harbor and Rockland so far this summer, but more visits are planned along the coast.
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (Week 1)
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (Week 1)
Aug 1, 2021 to Aug 1, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Portland’s Eastern Promenade
Maine’s 200th: Music of Early Maine
Maine’s 200th: Music of Early Maine
Aug 1, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Belfast Free Library
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (Weekend 2)
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (Weekend 2)
Aug 5, 2021 to Aug 8, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Portland’s Eastern Promenade (Montreal St.)
Maine's 200th: Music of Early Maine
Maine's 200th: Music of Early Maine
Aug 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ellsworth Public Library
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE Visit- Portland
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE Visit- Portland
Aug 6, 2021 to Aug 9, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ocean Gateway, Portland, ME
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE will return to Portland this August for an exciting weekend of public tours and other events.
The Maine Bicentennial Commission, the City of Portland and the U.S. Coast Guard are bringing this national treasure to the Ocean Gateway. It will sail in on Friday, August 6 and be in port through Monday, August 9.
Public tours of the US Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE are Saturday, Aug. 7 from 11-7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 from 11-3. Each day tours will open early from 10 to 11 for military, veterans, first responders and frontline hospital workers only. Tours are free of charge. Please note: The Coast Guard has advised that there are steep stairs involved with the onboard tours. Parking is available in the city lot next to Ocean Gateway and at several other commercial lots downtown. There is no public parking on the pier.
One-room Schoolhouse Museum Open
One-room Schoolhouse Museum Open
Aug 7, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
67 Greenwood Street, Eliot, Maine
Town of Buxton Community Parade
Aug 7, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Line-up starts at 10 am, with kick-off at 11 am. All fire trucks and emergency vehicles line -up on Salmon Falls Road, entering from Route 202. All other entries line-up on Depot Street, entering from Route 112. The parade runs up Main Street to Route 112 to Woodman Road in Buxton, Maine. Entries will be emailed, texted or called, with a line-up space number.
Historic Building Open House
Historic Building Open House
Aug 9, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
116 Old Road
Eliot Maine
Historic Building Open House
Historic Building Open House
Aug 9, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
2 Corss Street
Eliot Maine
Historic Property Open House
Historic Property Open House
Aug 9, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
61 Green Acre Drive (off Main Street)
Eliot Maine
Maine Boat & Home Show - 200+ Years of Maine Boats
Maine Boat & Home Show - 200+ Years of Maine Boats
Aug 13, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Harbor Park, Rockland
Historic Building Open House
Historic Building Open House
Aug 13, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
116 Old Road
Eliot Maine
Historic Building Open House
Historic Building Open House
Aug 13, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
2 Cross Streeet
Eliot Maine
Historic Property Open House
Historic Property Open House
Aug 13, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
61 Green Acre Drive (off Main Street)
Eliot Maine
Old Home Picnic
Old Home Picnic
Aug 14, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Eliot Elementary School
1298 State Rd
Eliot ME
State of Maine Bicentennial Parade presented by Poland Spring
State of Maine Bicentennial Parade presented by Poland Spring
Aug 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Auburn and Lewiston
River Jam Fest
River Jam Fest
Aug 21, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Mechanics Park Biddeford Maine 04005
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Aug 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Blue Hill Town Wharf and Historic Village