Annual Events

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Girls Sleepover – The afternoon and night before the MLK March and Reception, YWCA MDI invites girls for a sleep-over party that includes arts activities about social justice and participation in the MLK March and Reception the next day.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Reception – Each year YWCA Mount Desert Island hosts the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday March through the town of Bar Harbor to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of peace and social justice.  Participants of all ages are encouraged to bring banners and signs.  The march concludes at the YWCA with a reception and light refreshments, closing remarks, and resources for community education and dialogue about Dr. King’s work. Participation in this event is open to the public with a special invitation to the young people of Hancock County and Mount Desert Island.


Valentine Tea Party for Kids
The YWCA MDI will be holding its Annual Valentine Tea Party. Various activities will be part of the celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend this event although it is mainly aimed at younger kids. We do encourage people to dress up as we do use real china and serve with our silver tea service.


March on Mount Desert Street Progressive Dinner –  Every March the nonprofit organizations on Mount Desert Street team up to host a 5-course walking dinner for the community.   YWCA MDI will provide the soup and bread course this year.

Roses for International Women’s Day – YWCA MDI sells roses for $5 each which are then hand-delivered around MDI and Trenton to celebrate International Women’s Day.


Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt – A popular children’s event featuring an Easter egg hunt, arts & crafts, and more.

 Stand Against Racism Demonstration on the Village Green – All are welcome to join in this community stand against racism.


Dollars for Scholars Rummage Sale – A giant rummage sale to raise funds for the Y’s scholarship programs.


Summer Pie Sales, Every Tuesday from June – September – YWCA MDI volunteers bake hundreds of home-made pies for the weekly Summer Pie Sales.  Proceeds benefit the General Fund.


July 4th Celebration –  YWCA MDI sells Luminaria bags for the event at the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club’s 4th of July Celebration.


Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening on the Village Green – The Luminaria Evening is a ceremony of hope and remembrance to honor cancer survivors and those who lost their battle with cancer.

Women’s Equality Day –  Events TBA.


Women of Distinction Awards Dinner – An awards dinner hosted by YWCA MDI for women elected by the community as Woman of the Year, Young Woman of the Year, and Girl of the Year.


Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser

Domestic Violence Walk (date TBA). – In collaboration with Next Step Domestic Violence Project


Thanksgiving Pie Sale – The Tuesday before Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – The Tuesday before Thanksgiving 


IAA Holiday Craft Fair Food Table Fundraiser

Children’s Christmas Bazaar – One of the biggest events hosted at the YWCA is the annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar when youngsters are invited to shop for affordable gifts for their family members.