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Welcome to Gardiner, Maine – a genuine American 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 Gardiner Story Walk


Gardiner Paper Project:



Gardiner Welcomes Five New Businesses!


Art in the Park

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Artists Create Public Installation for Artwalk Gardiner

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 In the Newswe’re not bragging, we’re just proud!

 Camden National Bank Donates Gardiner Buildings

Maybe you caught wind of Gardiner Main Street’s exciting news – Camden National Bank has donated a block of historic buildings for redevelopment!  We’ve got a grand opportunity ahead of us, and we look forward to working with the community to realize the potential of these buildings, which date back to the late 1800’s.  Our plan is to migrate the Co-Lab Co-Working Space and the GMS office to this location by the end of November, and then push forward with plans to develop the rest of the space. Look for more details to come soon. Click here to learn more: Press Release


Gardiner Receives “Business Friendly Community” Designation

Click here to learn more: Business Friendly Gardiner 


Get up to date on events & happenings:

  1. Sign up for our biweekly Tuesday newsletter which has great info on community events, announcements, and happenings in town. Click here to sign up: Newsletter.
  2. 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!
  3. Visit our website (the page you’re currently viewing, wahoo!) and check out our Calendar of Events.

There are several fantastic ongoing and one time events you don’t want to miss, Friday beer tastings at the Craft Beer Cellar, art shows at the Monkitree Art Gallery, antiques & cigar specials at 1 Brunswick Trading, exclusive local dining with The Butcher & The Baker, shows and performances at historic Johnson Hall, Open Mic Jam Night at Niche, Inc., and the monthly Facetime Social Networking event on the first Wednesdays, and much more!


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  • Gardiner Downtown Story Walk

    Bring the kids and make it a special family fun night on Friday, July 28th, 3-5pm for Downtown Gardiner’s Story Walk. Check-in starts at the Public Library. Then stay for the FREE Summer outdoor concert at the Waterfront Park at 6pm.

  • FaceTime Social Networking

    Wednesday, August 2nd, 5 to 7 pm, Hosted by: Monkitree, 263 Water Street. Facetime is open to anyone who works, lives, or volunteers in the Greater Gardiner community. 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.

  • Classic Car Cruise In Nights

    Come to the Gardiner Waterfront Park for Classic Car Cruise-In Nights every Thursday night from 5 to 7pm from May through September. See a variety of antique cars and enjoy great music, showcase of local food offerings, prizes and 50/50 raffle each night.