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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:

bicentennial kickoff recap

July 30, 2019

Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland
& Augusta

Gov. Janet Mills raised the Bicentennial flag, followed by special events in each city. See photos of the event.

statehood weekend

mar 14-15, 2020

& statewide

Saturday night bean suppers with food drives, plus speeches, poetry, music & more.

bicentennial parade

may 16, 2020


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

summer coast festival

July 16-19, 2020

Portland &
up the coast

Tall Ships America will sail to various ports along the coast, including Portland, Camden, Rockland, Bucksport and more.

grand finale weekend

oct 9-12, 2020

augusta, bangor
& statewide

Four days of events highlighting Maine's diverse culture and commercial innovation, culminating in a time capsule.

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

July 12, 2017 - July 11, 2019 07/12/2017 - 07/11/2019
Maine200 Launch
October 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Maine200 Launch
Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch website, outreach campaign
Commission Meeting
November 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Commission Meeting
The Official State of Maine Bicentennial Commission meets regularly to plan events and get out the word about the exciting two years ahead. Meetings are open to the public and your participation is welcome!
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
March 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
April 12, 2019 to February 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.
Maine Bicentennial Conference
May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Maine Bicentennial Conference
This scholarly conference is open to the public for a modest registration fee. It includes three musical performances and is designed to be engaging.
Maine History Festival
May 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Maine History Festival
This free, juried event is for students at all grade levels and cultural organizations to present their own research or planning for the bicentennial.