Our Annual Traditions

Collage of images of smiling speakers, performers, and guests at EqualityMaine eventsSince our founding in 1984, our community has always been at the core of our work. We take great pride in the strength and resiliency that Maine’s LGBTQ+ community has demonstrated in times of crisis and times of celebration. Our annual traditions are signature events that allow us to come together as community to celebrate the successes of the past and recharge for the work that lies ahead. We remain committed to doing all that we can to keep our community strong!

Awards & Auction

Our premier event, the Awards event is traditionally held in the spring. Awards are presented each year to leaders in Maine’s LGBTQ+ equality movement. 


Our signature events include the Pride Cruise around Casco Bay and the Garden Party in South Berwick. Pride celebrations are also held in over two dozen communities around the state. 

Out on the Green

In our newest annual tradition, EqualityMaine supporters hit the links each fall for our annual golf tournament, Out on the Green, to raise funds to support our safer schools programming for LGBTQ+ youth. Out on the Green is a wonderful celebration of our community.

The Great Pumpkin Ball

The Great Pumpkin Ball is our annual Halloween celebration and the largest Halloween party in the state of Maine with over 1200 attendees each year. Held at the State Theatre in Portland, the event is an 18+ community costume ball, featuring dancing, drag performers, prizes and a costume contest like no other. The past four years, we have been thrilled to feature nationally known drag performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race and DJ’s from Boston and New York City. 

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