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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.

maine200 signature events

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

STATEHOOD
DAY

march 15, 2020

augusta

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

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

September 12, 2017 - September 11, 2019 09/12/2017 - 09/11/2019
Maine200 Launch
Maine200 Launch
Oct 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Maine Historical Society
Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch website, outreach campaign
Commission Meeting
Commission Meeting
Nov 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Maine State Library Conference Room
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's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Jan 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Maine Public Television
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Jan 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Maine Public Television
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
Jan 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta ME 04330
In January, join us for "Exploring Wabanaki Maine History," presented by Maine-Wabanaki REACH. During this interactive story-telling experience, we will learn about events in the collective history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants.
Maine Bicentennial Discussion Group
Maine Bicentennial Discussion Group
Mar 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Liberty Library
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Mar 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Apr 12, 2019 to Feb 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
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
Maine Bicentennial Conference
May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
University of Maine in Orono
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
Maine History Festival
May 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine in Orono
This free, juried event is for students at all grade levels and cultural organizations to present their own research or planning for the bicentennial.
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
Jul 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Colby College Museum of Art
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry is an exhibition of contemporary art of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada.
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
Jul 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland & Augusta
Gov. Janet Mills will make appearances at multiple kickoff events across the state to raise the Bicenenntial flag & announce planned events.
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Aug 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival will be a day-long event focusing on Blue Hill’s historic connection with the sea