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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. The good news is that most will be postponed till later this year or 2021—check back here for updates.

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

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

maine200 signature events

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

STATEHOOD
DAY

march 14, 2021

augusta

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

bicentennial parade

may 15, 2021

auburn/lewiston

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

SAILING SHIPS FESTIVAL

summer 2021 

up & DOWN the coast

Visits from a variety of sailing vessels from around the world, 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.

time capsule sealing

fall, 2021

tbd

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

events calendar

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOST BICENTENNIAL EVENTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH–MAY, 2020 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED ONCE THE COURSE OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IS BETTER KNOWN.

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

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

May, 2020 May, 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
May 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"
May 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”
May 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!
May 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
250 Commercial Street at Maine's Pantry
OPENING POSTPONED: Notre Pain Quotidien: Franco-American Entrepreneurs Sustaining Community Exhibit
OPENING POSTPONED: Notre Pain Quotidien: Franco-American Entrepreneurs Sustaining Community Exhibit
May 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
May 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.
16th Century Saturday
May 2, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
117 Main Street
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Greater Old Town Bicentennial Celebration
May 2, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Old Town Elementary School
576 Stillwater Avenue
Old Town, ME 04468
Dedication of Plaque Honoring 200 Years of Shipbuilding in Thomaston Maine
May 9, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thomaston Town Landing
Peggy McCrea Presentation:  200 Years of Shipbuilding in Thomaston
Peggy McCrea Presentation: 200 Years of Shipbuilding in Thomaston
May 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston
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Exhibition: "At First Light: Photographs of Maine Artist Studios and Homes by Walter Smalling"
May 14, 2020
Time: All Day
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Maine and Biddeford Help Save the Union in 1861 and 1862
Maine and Biddeford Help Save the Union in 1861 and 1862
May 14, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
To be held at McArthur Library, 270 Main Street, Biddeford, ME.
Cynthia Anderson Presents: Home Now — How 6000 Refugees Transformed an American Town
Cynthia Anderson Presents: Home Now — How 6000 Refugees Transformed an American Town
May 14, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843
Leaf of Voices Part IV: Bringing It Forward -- VIRTUAL EVENT
Leaf of Voices Part IV: Bringing It Forward -- VIRTUAL EVENT
May 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
VIRTUAL MEETING, Hosted by the Portland Public Library
This event has moved to a virtual setting due to COVID-19 concerns.

This event will be hosted by the Portland Public Library via Zoom at https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/82532846075.

For more information visit https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/leaf-of-voices-part-iv-bringing-it-forward/
or contact Admin@portlandpubliclibrary.org, (207) 871-1700.

Thank you for your patience during this time.
Sheep for A Cure/International Back to Back Wool Challenge
Sheep for A Cure/International Back to Back Wool Challenge
May 16, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maple Crest Farm 2718 Union Street Hermon ME
State of Maine Bicentennial Parade
State of Maine Bicentennial Parade
May 16, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Auburn and Lewiston
Visit the heart of Maine for an extraordinary parade celebrating Maine's people, culture, landmarks and history with floats, bands and participants from across our state.
A Walk Through Time in Bar Harbor- Celebrating 200+ Years!
A Walk Through Time in Bar Harbor- Celebrating 200+ Years!
May 17, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bar Harbor, Maine
Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town
Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town
May 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Auburn Public Library
The Great Turn-out: Factory Girls and Maine's First Labor Strike
The Great Turn-out: Factory Girls and Maine's First Labor Strike
May 19, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Camden Public Library
Nancy Harmon Jenkins Presents: Exploring Martha Ballard's Maine
Nancy Harmon Jenkins Presents: Exploring Martha Ballard's Maine
May 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843
Fort Gorges Sea Kayak Tour
Fort Gorges Sea Kayak Tour
May 22, 2020 to Sep 15, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM
East End Beach, Portland.
Confluence Maine Fly Fishing Exchange
Confluence Maine Fly Fishing Exchange
May 30, 2020
Time: All Day
Portland and Oquossoc, Maine
Presque Isle Historical Society's Bicentennial Exhibit - Grand Opening
Presque Isle Historical Society's Bicentennial Exhibit - Grand Opening
May 30, 2020 to Oct 24, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The Maysville Museum, 165 Caribou Road, Presque Isle
Presque Isle Historical Society's Bicentennial Exhibit opens to the public on opening day of the Maysville Museum, 165 Caribou Road (US Route 1) on Saturday, May 30.