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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

June, 2020 June, 2020
Exhibition: \
Exhibition: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"
Jun 1, 2020
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
A Walk Through Time in Portland - Celebrating 200 Years!
A Walk Through Time in Portland - Celebrating 200 Years!
Jun 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
Jun 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
Jun 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.
Exhibition: \
Exhibition: "At First Light: Photographs of Maine Artist Studios and Homes by Walter Smalling"
Jun 1, 2020
Time: All Day
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
A Walk Through Time in Bar Harbor- Celebrating 200+ Years!
A Walk Through Time in Bar Harbor- Celebrating 200+ Years!
Jun 1, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bar Harbor, Maine
Fort Gorges Sea Kayak Tour
Fort Gorges Sea Kayak Tour
Jun 1, 2020 to Sep 15, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM
East End Beach, Portland.
Confluence Maine Fly Fishing Exchange
Confluence Maine Fly Fishing Exchange
Jun 1, 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
Jun 1, 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.
17th Century Saturday
Jun 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
117 Main Street
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Bicentennial Bazaar and Concert by Dave Rowe
Jun 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Windham Historical Society’s Village Green, 234 Windham Center Road
Excavating the Midden: A Talk on Writing Creatively from History
Excavating the Midden: A Talk on Writing Creatively from History
Jun 6, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Live Online
Tapestry Singers Choral Concert
Tapestry Singers Choral Concert
Jun 6, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
St. Patrick's Church, 380 Academy Hill Rd, Newcastle
An eclectic mix of music and poetry celebrating the Maine Bicentennial
Tapestry Singers Choral Concert
Tapestry Singers Choral Concert
Jun 7, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
St. Patrick's Church, 380 Academy Hill Rd, Newcastle
An eclectic mix of music and poetry celebrating the Maine Bicentennial.
DIRIGO: A Maine Bicentennial Exhibition of Craft
DIRIGO: A Maine Bicentennial Exhibition of Craft
Jun 12, 2020 to Jul 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
288 Lewiston Rd West Gardiner, ME 04345 | 521 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101
The Maine Crafts Association presents DIRIGO: A Maine Bicentennial Exhibition of Craft, featuring concurrent exhibitions at The Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland.
George Thacher's Letters: A Maine Legacy, with Historian and Editor William diGiacomantonio
George Thacher's Letters: A Maine Legacy, with Historian and Editor William diGiacomantonio
Jun 12, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Second Parish Congregational Church, 19 Crescent Street, Biddeford.
Bicentennial Birthday Bash - Greater Portland Landmarks
Bicentennial Birthday Bash - Greater Portland Landmarks
Jun 12, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Westin Portland Harborview
157 High Street, Portland
Demonstration Gardens of Flax, Natural Dyes & Heritage Wheats
Demonstration Gardens of Flax, Natural Dyes & Heritage Wheats
Jun 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Searsport Shores Ocean Campground
216 W Main St
Searsport, ME 04974
Windham History-on-The-Road
Windham History-on-The-Road
Jun 16, 2020
Session I - Windham Raymond Adult Education Center
Session LL - Bus Departs from Windham Historical Society
The Bicentennial Beat
The Bicentennial Beat
Jun 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, Presque Isle
Poland Spring Heritage day
Poland Spring Heritage day
Jun 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Poland Spring Resort and Poland Spring Preservation Park and Maine State Building at Poland Spring, Maine
Visiting Vacationland
Visiting Vacationland
Jun 20, 2020 to Jun 21, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
117 Museum Street, Owls Head, ME 04854
Kennebunkport: A Walk Through Time - Celebrating 200 Years!
Kennebunkport: A Walk Through Time - Celebrating 200 Years!
Jun 20, 2020 to Oct 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dock Square, Kennebunkport, Maine
Sailing Ships Festival
Sailing Ships Festival
Jun 21, 2020 to Jul 13, 2020
Time: All Day
Along the Coast
The Maine Bicentennial Sailing Ships Festival begins in Boothbay Harbor, continues on to Rockland, Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Castine, Searsport and Belfast.
Fort and Lighthouse Kayak Tour
Fort and Lighthouse Kayak Tour
Jun 21, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
East End Beach, Portland.
Casco Bay Gaffers Race 2020
Casco Bay Gaffers Race 2020
Jun 22, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Portland and Casco Bay and Harpswell, MAINE
200 Years of Stories: Home Now
200 Years of Stories: Home Now
Jun 22, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/93018967063?pwd=N240Zk5kNWQ3QTlRWjQyTk5yTGxjZz09

Meeting ID: 930 1896 7063
Password: 2WzWnx
Boothbay Harbor Tall Ships
Boothbay Harbor Tall Ships
Jun 26, 2020 to Jun 29, 2020
Time: All Day
Boothbay Harbor
Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Festival is the summer kick off to Maine's Bicentennial Tall Ship Celebration. Exciting information is coming soon! Check back for more details.
Count Me In – A Musical Production
Count Me In – A Musical Production
Jun 26, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston
Exhibition: \
Exhibition: "At First Light: Two Centuries of Artists in Maine"
Jun 27, 2020
Time: All Day
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Count Me In – A Musical Production-COPY
Count Me In – A Musical Production-COPY
Jun 28, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston
Imagine Your Story with Chris Van Dusen
Imagine Your Story with Chris Van Dusen
Jun 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM
Online
Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town
Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town
Jun 29, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Auburn Public Library