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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.
During the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 virus, several organizers are cancelling or postponing events based on advisories regarding virus prevention measures.
Please call ahead or check the event website to confirm if events listed in our calendar are still taking place.

 

maine200 signature events

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

STATEHOOD DAY

postponed

augusta

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

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

April, 2020 April, 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
Apr 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Exhibition: \
Exhibition: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"
Apr 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”
Apr 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!
Apr 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
250 Commercial Street at Maine's Pantry
STATE OF MIND: BECOMING MAINE
STATE OF MIND: BECOMING MAINE
Apr 1, 2020 to Jan 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
OPENING POSTPONED: Notre Pain Quotidien: Franco-American Entrepreneurs Sustaining Community Exhibit
OPENING POSTPONED: Notre Pain Quotidien: Franco-American Entrepreneurs Sustaining Community Exhibit
Apr 1, 2020 to Sep 6, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College
51 Westminster St., Lewiston, ME 04240
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
Apr 1, 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.
POSTPONED-- An Architectural Legacy: Buildings from the Time of Statehood in Old Gardinerstown and Beyond
POSTPONED-- An Architectural Legacy: Buildings from the Time of Statehood in Old Gardinerstown and Beyond
Apr 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Gardiner Public Library (152 Water Street, Gardiner)
This event has been postponed. New date TBD. Please keep checking the calendar for updates. Thank you for bearing with us during this time.
Schooner Bowdoin: From Arctic Explorer to Maritime Teacher
Schooner Bowdoin: From Arctic Explorer to Maritime Teacher
Apr 9, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St
Bath, ME
Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage
Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage
Apr 13, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
John F. Hill Grange Hall 1412 State Road, Eliot
Kennebec Historical Society’s April Program \
Kennebec Historical Society’s April Program "Four Governors from Readfield"
Apr 15, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Kennebec Historical Society April Presentation is free to the public. The presentation will be followed by some light refreshments and take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewett Hall Auditorium, located at 46 University Drive on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta.
Carolyn Hardman Presentation:  Maine Statehood in 1820: Hard Won and Controversial
Carolyn Hardman Presentation: Maine Statehood in 1820: Hard Won and Controversial
Apr 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Dr., Rockland
Maine and the American Revolution
Maine and the American Revolution
Apr 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Underwood Memorial Library
Capt. Anders Anderson: A Penobscot Bay Schooner Captain
Capt. Anders Anderson: A Penobscot Bay Schooner Captain
Apr 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Camden Public Library, Camden, ME
The Camden Public Library, in partnership with the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, will co-host a program on the life of schooner captain Captain Anders Anderson.
Maine’s 200: Music of Early Maine
Maine’s 200: Music of Early Maine
Apr 23, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland ME
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.
Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town
Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town
Apr 27, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Auburn Public Library
Fifty Old Houses in Readfield and the People Who Lived in Them
Fifty Old Houses in Readfield and the People Who Lived in Them
Apr 30, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Maranacook Community High School, Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield