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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:

STATEHOOD
DAY

mar 15, 2020

augusta

The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of speeches, music, poems, birthday cake and much more.

bicentennial
parade

may 16, 2020

auburn/lewiston

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

SAILING SHIPS
FESTIVAL

June 21-july 20, 2020

up & DOWN the coast

Ports of call will include Bangor, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Bucksport, Castine, Portland, Rockland, and Searsport.

time capsule sealing

fall 2020

Augusta

A collection of items installed on the State Capitol grounds for future generations to discover. More details coming soon!

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

March, 2020 March, 2020
Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815–1860
Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815–1860
Mar, 1 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
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Exhibition: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"
Mar, 1 2020
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Art Exhibit: “Bangor 1820: Maine’s Bicentennial—past, present, future”
Art Exhibit: “Bangor 1820: Maine’s Bicentennial—past, present, future”
Mar, 1 2020
Time: All Day
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
To celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial, the Bangor Public Library is reviving an idea used by the Bangor-Brewer Tuberculosis and Health Association during the last few decades of the 20th century. This organization commissioned an artist to create a work that could be turned into a bookmark.
A Walk Through Time in Portland - Celebrating 200 Years!
A Walk Through Time in Portland - Celebrating 200 Years!
Mar, 1 2020 to Dec, 31 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
250 Commercial Street at Maine's Pantry
Hawthorne's Eliot Inspiration - The Life of Mary Bachiler in Puritan Maine
Hawthorne's Eliot Inspiration - The Life of Mary Bachiler in Puritan Maine
Mar, 2 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John F. Hill Grange Hall
1412 State Road
Eliot ME
The Eliot Historical Society continues its Maine Bicentennial series with researcher and writer Eric Christian who will explore with us “Hawthorne's Eliot Inspiration - The Life of Mary Bachiler in Puritan Maine”.
Maine At 200- A Visual History
Maine At 200- A Visual History
Mar, 4 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
South Portland Public Library 482 Broadway South Portland, ME
Maine in the Movies: Leave Her to Heaven
Maine in the Movies: Leave Her to Heaven
Mar, 5 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Waterville Opera House
1 Common St., Waterville, ME 04901
Maine Preservation’s 9th Annual Gala - March Forward: Celebrating Maine’s Next Century
Maine Preservation’s 9th Annual Gala - March Forward: Celebrating Maine’s Next Century
Mar, 5 2020
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Portland Club, 156 State Street, Portland, Maine
Historic Maine in 3 - D
Historic Maine in 3 - D
Mar, 5 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Gardiner Public Library (152 Water Street, Gardiner)
The Effect of Climate Change on Maine’s Infamous Winters
Mar, 5 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St
Bath, ME
Maine in the Movies: Blow the Man Down
Maine in the Movies: Blow the Man Down
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
The Gem Theater
23 Cross St, Bethel, ME 04217
Maine in the Movies: The Man Without a Face
Maine in the Movies: The Man Without a Face
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Colonial Theatre
163 High St, Belfast, ME 04915
Maine in the Movies: Tumbledown
Maine in the Movies: Tumbledown
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Waterman's Community Center
12 Main St, North Haven, ME 04853
Maine in the Movies: The Iron Giant
Maine in the Movies: The Iron Giant
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Colonial Theatre
163 High St, Belfast, ME 04915
Head North Ski Days 2020
Head North Ski Days 2020
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
North Gate of Katahdin Woods and Waters
Patten, ME
Maine in the Movies: Casper
Maine in the Movies: Casper
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 11:30 AM
Temple Cinema
20 Market Square, Houlton, ME 04730
Maine in the Movies: André
Maine in the Movies: André
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
The Gem Theater
23 Cross St, Bethel, ME 04217
Maine in the Movies: Belfast, Maine
Maine in the Movies: Belfast, Maine
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Colonial Theatre
163 High St, Belfast, ME 04915
Maine in the Movies: Olive Kitteridge
Maine in the Movies: Olive Kitteridge
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Bates College
70 Campus Ave, Lewiston, ME 04240
Maine in the Movies: Way Down East
Maine in the Movies: Way Down East
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Harbor Theater
185 Townsend St. Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Maine in the Movies: Astraea
Maine in the Movies: Astraea
Mar, 7 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
The Gem Theater
23 Cross St, Bethel, ME 04217
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Mar, 8 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick
This is the DaPonte String Quartet’s tribute to Maine’s Bicentennial. We are joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna, percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries), with selected music to share some of the cultural influences.
Maine in the Movies: Bambi
Maine in the Movies: Bambi
Mar, 8 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Lincoln Theater
2 Theater St, Damariscotta, ME 04543
Maine in the Movies: The Lighthouse
Maine in the Movies: The Lighthouse
Mar, 9 2020
Time: 8:00 PM
Alamo Theater
85 Main St, Bucksport, ME 04416
Maine's French & Indian Wars: A Mobile Museum
Maine's French & Indian Wars: A Mobile Museum
Mar, 9 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta ME 04330
Join us for a series of Maine history events in the six months leading up to Maine's Bicentennial.

Maine's French & Indian Wars: A Mobile Museum presented by Mark Rohman, Mike Dekker, and Craig Young.
Maine in the Movies: It Happened to Jane
Maine in the Movies: It Happened to Jane
Mar, 9 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Alamo Theater
85 Main St, Bucksport, ME 04416
Maine in the Movies: Carrie
Maine in the Movies: Carrie
Mar, 10 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Spotlight Cinemas at The Strand
19 Court St, Skowhegan, ME 04976
Celebrating Maine’s Colorful Immigrant History with Accordion Music
Mar, 10 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
We are looking for Sponsors at this time
Maine in the Movies: Aquaman
Maine in the Movies: Aquaman
Mar, 10 2020
Time: 6:45 PM
Temple Cinema
20 Market Square, Houlton, ME 04730
Maine in the Movies: The Shawshank Redemption
Maine in the Movies: The Shawshank Redemption
Mar, 11 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Spotlight Cinemas
6 Stillwater Ave, Orono, ME 04473
Maine in the Movies: The Strange Woman
Maine in the Movies: The Strange Woman
Mar, 11 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Eveningstar Cinema
149 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011
Maine in the Movies: A Stolen Life
Maine in the Movies: A Stolen Life
Mar, 11 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Nordica Theater
1 Freeport Village Station Suite 130, South St, Freeport, ME 04032
Maine in the Movies: How to Marry a Millionaire
Maine in the Movies: How to Marry a Millionaire
Mar, 11 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Lincoln Theater
2 Theater St, Damariscotta, ME 04543
Maine in the Movies: House of Dark Shadows
Maine in the Movies: House of Dark Shadows
Mar, 12 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Alamo Theater
85 Main St, Bucksport, ME 04416
Maine in the Movies: Wet Hot American Summer
Maine in the Movies: Wet Hot American Summer
Mar, 12 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME 04901
Maine in the Movies: Dolores Claiborne
Maine in the Movies: Dolores Claiborne
Mar, 13 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Opera House Arts
1 School St, Stonington, ME 04681
STATE OF MIND: BECOMING MAINE
STATE OF MIND: BECOMING MAINE
Mar, 13 2020 to Jan, 30 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Maine in the Movies: The Whales of August
Maine in the Movies: The Whales of August
Mar, 13 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Lincoln Theater
2 Theater St, Damariscotta, ME 04543
Maine in the Movies: Carousel
Maine in the Movies: Carousel
Mar, 13 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Medomak Valley High School
320 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro, ME 04572
Maine in the Movies: Deep Waters
Maine in the Movies: Deep Waters
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Waterman's Community Center
12 Main St, North Haven, ME 04853
Maine in the Movies: In the Bedroom
Maine in the Movies: In the Bedroom
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Strand Theatre
345 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841
Maine in the Movies: Signs of Life
Maine in the Movies: Signs of Life
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Opera House Arts
1 School St, Stonington, ME 04681
Maine Bicentennial Baked Bean Supper
Maine Bicentennial Baked Bean Supper
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM
142 Main Street, Downtown Ellsworth, ME 04605
2020 Bicentennial Pictorial Postmark at Presque Isle Post Office
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Presque Isle Post Office, 23 2nd Street, Presque Isle, Maine
Maine Garden Day
Maine Garden Day
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM
Lewiston High School
State Bicentennial/Town of Orono Birthday Celebration
State Bicentennial/Town of Orono Birthday Celebration
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 9:00 AM
Various locations
Maine in the Movies: Charlotte's Web (1973)
Maine in the Movies: Charlotte's Web (1973)
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 9:30 AM
Nordica Theater
1 Freeport Village Station Suite 130, South St, Freeport, ME 04032
Paint Your Story: Art Journaling Workshop
Paint Your Story: Art Journaling Workshop
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Bangor Public Library
Bicentennial Birthday Bash in Rockland
Bicentennial Birthday Bash in Rockland
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Farnsworth Art Museum, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the Strand Theatre in Rockland
Maine in the Movies: Blow the Man Down
Maine in the Movies: Blow the Man Down
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Eveningstar Cinema
149 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011
Maine in the Movies: The Iron Giant
Maine in the Movies: The Iron Giant
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Temple Cinema
20 Market Square, Houlton, ME 04730
Bicentennial Tea
Bicentennial Tea
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Little Meetinghouse • 719 Roosevelt Trail
Join your neighbors for tea and conversation about our shared history at the Bicentennial Tea on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 1-3pm at the Little Meetinghouse in North Windham.
The Proprietors of Kennebec Valley: Were They Good Guys or Bad Guys?
The Proprietors of Kennebec Valley: Were They Good Guys or Bad Guys?
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Asa Gile Hall, 8 Old Kents Hill Road, Readfield.
Hallowell State Bicentennial Preparty Party
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Old South Congregational Church
135 Second St.
Hallowell, ME 04347
Mainers on the Titanic - Mac Smith, author
Mainers on the Titanic - Mac Smith, author
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Orono Town Council Chambers
Community Bicentennial Baked Bean Supper
Community Bicentennial Baked Bean Supper
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial Street, Bath, Maine
Community Bean Supper
Community Bean Supper
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
Traditional Boiled New England dinner to celebrate Maine's 200th Birthday
Traditional Boiled New England dinner to celebrate Maine's 200th Birthday
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 5:00 PM
American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 037, 10 Watts Ave, Thomaston
Thomaston birthday dinner for the state of Maine. $8 for adults, $5 for children. This is one of the activities planned by the cross-organizational Thomaston Maine 200 Committee.
MaineMadeMusic presents Dirigo Rocks!
MaineMadeMusic presents Dirigo Rocks!
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1
Public Potluck Supper on Maine Bicentennial Weekend
Public Potluck Supper on Maine Bicentennial Weekend
Mar, 14 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Alfond Dining Commons, Kents Hill School, Main Street (route 17), Readfield. Parking at Alfond Athletic Center, Kents Hill School, Main Street.
Star lighting on Statehood Day
Star lighting on Statehood Day
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 9:00 PM to 9:05 PM
Historic Fire Station, 11 Church Street, Presque Isle
Maine in the Movies: Empire Falls
Maine in the Movies: Empire Falls
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 1:00 AM
Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME 04901
Statehood Day Ceremony
Statehood Day Ceremony
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta
You are invited to join Governor Janet T. Mills and the Maine Bicentennial Commission for the Statehood Day Ceremony, a historic commemoration of Maine’s 200 anniversary of statehood.
Maine in the Movies: Captain January
Maine in the Movies: Captain January
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Strand Theatre
345 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841
PSO: Maine's Bicentennial
PSO: Maine's Bicentennial
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Merrill Auditorium
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
St. Patrick's Church, Newcastle
This is the DaPonte String Quartet’s tribute to Maine’s Bicentennial. We are joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna, percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries), with selected music to share some of the cultural influences.
Maine in the Movies: Charlotte's Web (2006)
Maine in the Movies: Charlotte's Web (2006)
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Opera House Arts
1 School St, Stonington, ME 04681
Maine in the Movies: Peyton Place
Maine in the Movies: Peyton Place
Mar, 15 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Strand Theatre
345 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841
The Maine Bicentennial Ham Radio Special Event
The Maine Bicentennial Ham Radio Special Event
Mar, 16 2020 to Mar, 22 2020
Time: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Statewide, the original 9 counties, Portland, Freeport, and Boston, MA.
A Bicentennial Celebration: The Remarkable Predecessors of the Saint Joseph's College Campus and their Roles in Maine’s Journey to Statehood
Mar, 16 2020
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Saint Joseph's College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME
History of Dr. Samuel Currier family and Readfield Community Library
History of Dr. Samuel Currier family and Readfield Community Library
Mar, 18 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Readfield Community Library, 1151 Main Street, Readfield, ME
HOME Convention
HOME Convention
Mar, 19 2020 to Mar, 21 2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Samoset Resort, Rockport
We are looking forward to our 2020 celebration, and hope that you will be a part. The schedule includes many practical and interactive programs and workshop sessions, plus inspiring general sessions and family entertainment. Start planning now to attend the Lead the Way HOME 2020 Convention!
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Mar, 19 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Maine Jewish Museum, Portland
This is the DaPonte String Quartet’s tribute to Maine’s Bicentennial. We are joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna, percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries), with selected music to share some of the cultural influences.
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park
Mar, 21 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Lily Bay State Park
State Park Road, Beaver Cove.
9 miles north of Greenville on east shore of Moosehead Lake. From Routes 15/6 in the center of Greenville, head north 9 miles on the Lily Bay Road that follows Moosehead Lake's east shore to State Park Road (on left).
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Mar, 21 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Rockport Opera House, Rockport
This is the DaPonte String Quartet’s tribute to Maine’s Bicentennial. We are joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna, percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries), with selected music to share some of the cultural influences.
Happy Birthday Maine! Book Celebration
Happy Birthday Maine! Book Celebration
Mar, 21 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
South Portland Public Library
482 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
2020 Maine Science Festival Headliner
2020 Maine Science Festival Headliner
Mar, 22 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
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.
The Beans of Readfield, Maine
The Beans of Readfield, Maine
Mar, 26 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Maranacook Community High School, Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield
Maine Statehood And The Bicentennial: Liam Riordan
Maine Statehood And The Bicentennial: Liam Riordan
Mar, 27 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
McArthur Library, 270 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
Mar, 28 2020 to Oct, 25 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME
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.
Maine Spring Ring 2020
Maine Spring Ring 2020
Mar, 28 2020
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Auburn Middle School, 38 Falcon Drive, Auburn
Handbell ringers from all over the state of Maine will gather together on Saturday, March 28, at Auburn Middle School for the 2020 Maine Spring Ring. The day will conclude with a concert that is free of charge and open to the public.
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Maine's 200: Music of Early Maine
Mar, 29 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Belfast Free Library, Belfast
This is the DaPonte String Quartet’s tribute to Maine’s Bicentennial. We are joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna, percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries), with selected music to share some of the cultural influences.