maine200 signature events
The Maine Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring five major events to celebrate Maine200:
march 15, 2020
The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of speeches, music, poems, birthday cake and much more.
may 16, 2020
An historic parade celebrating Maine's veterans, youth, and culture, with floats, bands and more from across Maine.
June 21-july 20, 2020
up & DOWN the coast
Ports of call will include Bangor, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Bucksport, Castine, Portland, Rockland, and Searsport.
A collection of items installed on the State Capitol grounds for future generations to discover. More details coming soon!
Check our calendar to make plans for your family to attend the dozens of fun and educational Bicentennial events all over Maine!
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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.
STATE OF MIND: BECOMING MAINE
Jul 1, 2020 to Jan 30, 2021
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
20 x 20: Marking 200 Years of Maine History
Jul 1, 2020 to Oct 25, 2020
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.
200 Years of Sport Fishing in Maine: 1820-2020
Jul 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2021
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery
306 Hatchery Road
East Orland, ME 04431
(signs on route 1)
An interactive exhibit that reveals the cultural influences and material advances that have affected the history of sport angling in the state of Maine during its first 200 years.
DIRIGO: A Maine Bicentennial Exhibition of Craft
Jul 1, 2020 to Jul 28, 2020
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.
The Bicentennial Beat
Jul 1, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, Presque Isle
Sailing Ships Festival
Jul 1, 2020 to Jul 20, 2020
Along the Coast
The Maine Bicentennial Sailing Ships Festival begins in Boothbay Harbor, continues on to Rockland, Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Castine, Searsport and Belfast. The parade of Sail will be in Portland, with vessels dockside and various activities for the public.
Great Schooner Race
Jul 3, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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
Jul 10, 2020
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Rockland Breakwater, Rockland Harbor
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.
Kids Dig Colonial Pemaquid
Jul 11, 2020
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, New Harbor, ME
Come one; come all to become a history detective and experience archaeology first hand at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site.
2020 Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour
Jul 18, 2020
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Register at the Children’s Garden at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth starting at 9 am.
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Jul 18, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Fort Fairfield, Maine
Largest Parade in the State of Maine with the focus on Agriculture. Special entries celebrating the 200 Birthday of our great State of Maine.
The Ancient Ones 2020 Bi-centenial Rendezvous
Jul 25, 2020 to Aug 1, 2020
Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor Maine
This is a living history event. Come see how settlers lived in Maine and other parts of the country from the 1600's up to 1865.
17th Century Encampment - Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site
Jul 25, 2020 to Jul 26, 2020
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, 2 Colonial Pemaquid Dr. New Harbor
Outdoor interpretive weekend, showcasing 17th century life on Maine's coast. Reenactors will portray the lives of the English, French and Native people who lived, worked, and fought on these lands.