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!


Upcoming Events

Small Business Saturday & Holiday Shopping

Pledge to support your local Saturday, November 25th, visit Gardiner businessess for promotional activities and deals. Plus visit our page to see the holiday deals!


Gardiner Days of Light Celebration

now accepting applications!
Sponsorship Opportunities are available, click here: Sponsorship Opportunities Days of Light 2017
paradeBe a part of this year’s Parade of Lights and usher in the holiday season!
The annual parade takes place on on Saturday, December 2nd. No registration fee. All schools, businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations, and community groups are encouraged to apply. Click to apply: Parade of Lights_Info & Registration.

A whole month celebration kicking off on Friday, December 1st with our annual Downtown Tree Lighting and the Gardiner Artwalk.

Saturday, December 2nd is our magical Parade of Lights starting at 4:30pm along beautiful and historic Water Street. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade.


Artist Talk & Reception

Tuesday, October 24th 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Downtown Trick or Treating

Friday, October 27th, 3 to 5 pm, Halloween Downtown Trick-or-Treat with our local downtown merchants.

Costume Contest in these categories: scariest, cutest, funniest, most creative, and best group costume! Returning this year is Ampersand Dance Academy with an eerie performance. Don’t miss out on the fun!



Facetime Social Networking

RESCHEDULED FOR: Wednesday, November 8t, hosted by Sebago Lake Distillery, 463 Water Street. Swine & Stein Volunteer Appreciation Party



 Early Bird Shopping 

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Historic Downtown Gardiner


The annual Early Bird Sale was created by Reny’s and has been rapidly increasing in popularity throughout Maine. It has grown into a day that rivals Black Friday in some locations including Gardiner.

The early bird gets the deal in Gardiner as our downtown merchants kick off the holiday shopping season. Several Gardiner businesses will join Renys for this annual savings spectacular. The deals are still coming in, so check out our website for a complete list of events and offers from participating businesses. With deals on everything from clothing to fresh cuts of meat there’s something for everyone, yourself included.


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  • Early Bird Shopping

    Great early morning deals from downtown Gardiner merchants on Saturday, November 4th starting at 6am.

  • FaceTime Social Networking

    Wednesday, November 8th, 5 to 7 pm, Hosted by: Sebago Lake Distillery, 463 Water Street. 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.

  • Small Business Saturday

    Shop Small Saturday! Join us on Saturday November 25th for our Downtown Open House to celebrate #shopsmall Saturday