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Events
All kinds of events will be happening across the state: Signature Events & Programs of the Maine Bicentennial Commission, plus dozens of others offered by Maine’s large network of cultural organizations, local schools and communities, and more.

maine200 signature events

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

bicentennial kickoff day

July 30, 2019

Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland
& Augusta

Gov. Janet Mills will raise the Bicentennial flag, followed by special events in each city. 

statehood weekend

mar 14-15, 2020

augusta
& statewide

Saturday night bean suppers with food drives, plus speeches, poetry, music & more.

historic
state parade

may 2, 2020

lewiston/
auburn

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

summer coast festival

July 16-19, 2020

Portland &
up the coast

Tall Ships America will sail to various ports along the coast, including Portland, Camden, Rockland, Bucksport and more.

grand finale weekend

oct 10-12, 2020

augusta, bangor
& statewide

Three days of events highlighting Maine's diverse culture and commercial innovation, culminating in a time capsule.

events calendar

Check our calendar to make plans for your family to attend the dozens of fun and educational Bicentennial events all over Maine!

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

July 20, 2019 - July 19, 2021 07/20/2019 - 07/19/2021
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
July 20, 2019 to February 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
July 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry is an exhibition of contemporary art of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada.
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
July 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
Gov. Janet Mills will make appearances at multiple kickoff events across the state to raise the Bicenenntial flag & announce planned events.
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
August 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival will be a day-long event focusing on Blue Hill’s historic connection with the sea
Maine Harbor Seals
October 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Maine Harbor Seals
Maine Harbor Seal Project is an outdoor art installation of harbor seal sculptures made from driftwood and ceramics. Open to the public.
Statehood Day Celebration
March 14, 2020 to March 15, 2020
Time: All Day
Statehood Day Celebration
Saturday night bean suppers with food drives, plus speeches, poetry, music & more.
2020 Maine Science Festival Headliner
March 22, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
2020 Maine Science Festival Headliner
Maine Science Festival's first ever all-Maine headliner event: a Bangor Symphony Orchestra concert program exploring one of the state's most treasured assets: the ocean.
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
March 28, 2020 to October 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
20x20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History represents the PMA’s contribution to this anniversary by presenting twenty stories of Maine’s past, present, and future for 200 years of statehood.
Great Schooner Race
July 3, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Great Schooner Race
The Maine Windjammer Association is hosting the Great Schooner Race, providing an opportunity for captains, crews and passengers aboard traditional vessels from all over the Eastern Seaboard to rendezvous for a fun day of racing.
2020 Maine Windjammer Association Parade of Sail
July 10, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
2020 Maine Windjammer Association Parade of Sail
The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships.
Summer Coast Festival
July 16, 2020 to July 19, 2020
Time: All Day
Summer Coast Festival
Co-hosted by Maine’s first state capital of Portland. There will be various events for our communities to participate in. Check back for further details!
Grand Finale Weekend
October 10, 2020 to October 12, 2020
Time: TBA
Grand Finale Weekend
Three days of events highlighting Maine's diverse culture and commercial innovation, culminating in a time capsule.
Maine Harbor Seals
October 12, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Maine Harbor Seals
Harbor Seals Project is an outdoor art installation of harbor seal sculptures. Open to the public.