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!



 Volunteer: Find Your Place and Leave Your Mark

View our volunteer opportunities.


Waterfront Concert Series by Johnson Hall

Click  here for the 2018 Summer Lineup


Greater Gardiner River Festival

Saturday, June 23rd


Sign up to volunteer!



The Great Race is coming to Gardiner

NOW accepting applications for vendors:

click here: The Great Race_vendor application

 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.

Get more information on this exciting event and Sign up to VOLUNTEER


 We’re in the news!!


Click here to sign up: Newsletter.
  1. Like and Follow Gardiner Main Street on Facebook for up-to-date information, including last minute event changes, etc…Plus, we’re responsive! Ask a question, make a comment and your sure to a response from a GMS staff or volunteer!
  2. Visit our website (the page you’re currently viewing, wahoo!) and check out our Calendar of Events.


Subscribe To Our E-News!


  • Downtown Gardiner Music Walk

    Saturday, April 21st, 1-8pm – The music walk takes the successful concept of Art Walk, and infuses a mix of jazz, rock, rhythm, and soul. Throughout Downtown Gardiner, music will waltz in and out of businesses to create a festive evening of shopping, dining, mingling, and community, all while supporting well established and burgeoning musicians alike.

  • Greater Gardiner River Festival

    Saturday, June 23rd, All Day in Downtown Gardiner along Water Street & Waterfront Park: A kickoff to the Kennebec Valley’s “Whatever Family Festival”, highlights include an open-air craft fair on historic Water Street, live music, active outdoor “field day” events for all ages, and the Gardiner Federal Credit Union Fireworks!

  • Facetime Monthly Social Event

    Wednesday, June 6th, 5 to 7 pm, Hosted by: Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, 11 Mechanic Street. 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.