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!


Are You Gardiner Main Street’s Next Visionary Leader?

Gardiner Main Street is now searching for an Executive Director, click here to view the job posting.


 Gardiner Feud

Tickets NOW available, visit:
$5 admission, seating is limited, last year we sold out!
Click here for the video from last year’s event. Event is hosted by Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Friday, March 9th. 7-8:30pm. All profits benefit Gardiner Main Street to continue providing programs and services for the community.


Volunteer: Find Your Place and Leave Your Mark

View our volunteer opportunities.


The Great Race is coming to Gardiner

Get more information on this exciting event!


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  • 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.

  • Facetime Monthly Social Event

    Wednesday, February 14th, 5 to 7 pm, Hosted by: CoLab, coworking & meeting space. Come check out the hottest new space in Greater Gardiner! Meet new folks and network with your community. Light food, beverages, and door prizes. Anyone who works, lives, or volunteers in the Greater Gardiner community is welcome! 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.

  • Gardiner Feud

    Save the Date! Gardiner Main Street will host Gardiner Feud, a family friendly game show on Friday, March 9th at Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Gardiner, 7 to 8:30pm. Don’t miss out on this hilarious and fun event! Survey Says!