Welcome to Gardiner, Maine – a genuine community where a charming and historic downtown frames a vibrant and eclectic entrepreneurial business culture

Gardiner’s thriving downtown and historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a must-see stop for history lovers on their way to Acadia National Park or further “Downeast,” providing an inspiring glimpse into the golden industrial era in Maine.

Combine the living history of downtown Gardiner with our sparkling waterfront, distinctive eateries and unique shops, and you’ll see why our little city is such a completely wonderful place to visit and experience our rich and varied heritage… not to mention an ideal place to live and to do business.

Gardiner is right in the middle of everything, directly off Interstates 95 and 295, and not far from Maine’s glorious mid-coast – an advantageous central location with easy access to the bulk of Maine’s year-round population plus all points south to Boston and New York, north to Canada.

On this website you’ll find out all about our colorful community, our fascinating heritage tourism opportunities, our considerable economic advantages, and the spirit and people behind the Gardiner Main Street Program. Welcome!


Downtown Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration

Saturday, March 31st, 10am to 12pm

Downtown Gardiner, Water Street

Sign up to paint windows on downtown businesses’ storefront windows! WINDOW PAINTING


Volunteer: Find Your Place and Leave Your Mark

View our volunteer opportunities.


The Great Race is coming to Gardiner

The Great Race is coming to Gardiner, Maine on Tuesday, June 26th! The Great Race is a time/speed/distance rally, unlike the Cannonball Run. It is a rally for pre-1972 vehicles. The winner will be within seconds-plus or minus-of the computed base time and totaled over the nine day event. The days are broken into legs which are up to 7 legs per day.

Computers, calculators, lap tops, maps and Garmin/GPS are not allowed. The navigator receives the day’s course instructions a half hour before departure. Vehicles start and are supposed to end one minute apart. The navigator is allowed one stop watch. The electronic speedometer works on a magnetic pick up off the left front wheel. The speedometer and a clock are calibrated each morning. The factory supplied speedometer and odometer on the dash are covered.

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  • Downtown Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration

    On Saturday, March 31st, Children will be invited to participate in an Easter egg scavenger hunt and celebration of spring throughout Downtown Gardiner. This event made possible with support from Gardiner FCU and Flagg Financial.

  • Facetime Monthly Social Event

    Wednesday, March 7th, 5 to 7 pm, Hosted by: Canton Village Chinese Restaurant. Happy hour specials on food and drinks, door prizes at 6pm. Meet new folks and network with your community. Anyone who works, lives, or volunteers in the Greater Gardiner community is welcome to attend. Gardiner Main Street conducts raffles at each event. This “after hours” event always takes place from 5 – 7 pm, folks typically drop in for as long or as short as they would like.

  • The Great Race

    2018 The Great Race, Tuesday, June 26th, 2018. Gardiner will be a host city providing meals and entertainment for the race personnel and event attendees. 5 to 9pm. Fireworks to follow in the evening at the Waterfront Park.