Calendar of Events

Throughout the year, Gardiner presents a full schedule of family-friendly, indoor and outdoor events for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors. Return to this page often to see what’s coming up! Or visit our Facebook for up-to-date information: GMS Facebook.

2017 Calendar of Events

 

MARCH

>Friday, March 3rd: Gardiner Feud at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St. 7-8:30pm.

SURVEY SAYS…..

Join us for a fun Friday night as 6 teams battle it out to see who can come up with the most popular answers about the finer points of Gardiner. Admission is by donation, concessions and cash bar will be provided by Johnson Hall.

Tickets are limited quantity and registration is required, get yours while you can! Reserve your FREE tickets here.  

 

APRIL

>Saturday, April 15:  Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt & Window Painting, Downtown Gardiner Water St. 10 am to 1 pm  – Children of all ages can scour special merchant window displays for Easter Eggs.  Prizes awarded for completed scavenger lists.  Visits with the Easter Bunny and storefront window painting.

>Saturday, April 22nd:  Gardiner Music Walk, Downtown Gardiner, Water St. – Business hosting local musicians. Like an ArtWalk, but for music! Click here.

MAY

>Thursday Evenings May through September – Classic Car Cruise In – From 5 to 7pm the Gardiner Waterfront Park will be filled with classic antique cars, a DJ will provide music and entertainment and food vendors will have a variety of offerings.

>Friday, May 5th: Gardiner ArtWalk – Inside Downtown Gardiner businesses.

For more information about this artwalk please contact the event organizer:

Artdogs Studios
Web: www.theartdogs.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 207.712-9734
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtWalk.Gardiner

>Memorial Day Parade & Ceremonies starting at 7:30am, sponsored by Smith WIley American Legion Post #4. The parade begins at 10am on Brunswick Avenue. For more information, click here.

JUNE

>June-September: Free Waterfront Concert Series by Johnson Hall at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park along the scenic Kennebec River. Kickoff concert on Saturday, 17th. 

*check back for updates on the Free Waterfront Concert, visit JH.

>Saturday, June 17th: Greater Gardiner River Festival – A kickoff to the Kennebec Valley’s “Whatever Family Festival”, highlights include an open-air craft fair on historic Water Street, a waterfront talent show, and Fireworks!

**The Greater Gardiner River Festival 16th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival applications NOW available***

Click here for more information and to access vendor applications. 

JULY

>June-September: Free Waterfront Concert Series by Johnson Hall at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park along the scenic Kennebec River. Performances every Friday evening, starts at 6:30pm. 

*check back for updates on the Free Waterfront Concert, visit JH.

AUGUST

>June-September: Free Waterfront Concert Series by Johnson Hall at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park along the scenic Kennebec River. Performances every Friday evening, starts at 6:30pm

*check back for updates on the Free Waterfront Concert, also visit: http://www.johnsonhall.org/

>Friday, August 4th: Gardiner Artwalk – Inside downtown Gardiner businesses, Downtown Gardiner, Water St. 5:30-8:30pm

SEPTEMBER

>June-September: Free Waterfront Concert Series by Johnson Hall at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park along the scenic Kennebec River. Performances every Friday evening, starts at 6:30pm

*check back for updates on the Free Waterfront Concert, visit JH.

>Saturday, September 9th: Barks in the Park, Gardiner Waterfront Park. 10am-2pm – Four-legged friends and their owners celebrate with special demonstrations and events.

OCTOBER

>Saturday, October 7th: Swine & Stein Oktoberfest, Downtown Gardiner, Water St.  11:30 am to 6:30 pm. – Gardiner’s take on a traditional Oktoberfest celebration – An all-day street party on Water Street featuring Maine craft beer, Maine musicians, and a celebration of delicious Maine pork products.

>Friday, October 27thChildren’s Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat, Downtown Gardiner, Water Street, 3:00 to 5:00 pm – Trick or Treating with Downtown merchants and a costume contest

NOVEMBER

>Saturday, November 4th: Early Bird Sale in Downtown Gardiner, Downtown Gardiner, Water St. 6-9am – Gardiner businesses join Renys for spectacular savings for early morning shoppers

>Saturday, November 25th: Small Business Saturday, Downtown Gardiner & Greater Gardiner area. All Day. Shop local and avoid the big box stores as the holiday gift buying season kicks off. Various promotions and deals to be found inside Gardiner’s fine businesses.

DECEMBER

>Month-long celebration:  *Gardiner Days of Light Celebration*

>Friday, December 1st:  Downtown Tree Lighting, Johnson Park, Downtown Gardiner. 5-6:30pm – This annual event kicks off the holiday season in Gardiner with a performance by Ampersand Academy of Dance, hot cocoa and sweet treats and a visit from Santa!

>Friday, December 1st: Gardiner Artwalk – Inside downtown Gardiner businesses, Downtown Gardiner, Water St. 5:30-8:30pm

>Saturday, December 2nd: Parade Of Lights, Downtown Gardiner, Water St. Parade starts at 4:30 pm – Join us a festive, family-fun holiday parade along Water Street through downtown. Several events around Downtown Gardiner before and after the parade including a horse-carriage ride before the parade and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade!

 

– ONGOING EVENTS –

  • FaceTime Social Networking Nights: Join Gardiner Main Street the first Wednesday of every month at a different location to celebrate our community, learn about events and happenings, and network with others. FaceTime is open to anyone who works, lives, or volunteers in the Greater Gardiner community. Host locations typically offer some sort of drink or food special, and Gardiner Main Street conducts raffles at each event.  This “after hours” event always takes place from 5-7pm, folks typically drop in for as long or as short as they would like. *Gardiner Main Street is on Facebook! We always post updates on our Facetime events, visit us on Facebook to see up to date information*
  • Open Mic Night: Tuesdays at Niche, Inc. 5-8pm, 289 Water St. Visit Niche on Facebook!
  • Movies @Johnson Hall: movies every Wednesday evening at 6pm and Saturdays at 2pm. Classic movies for a great deal in a beautiful historical building. Visit www.johnsonhall.org for movie listings, or click  here: Movies @Johnson Hall.

 

– Ongoing events to start in May-

  • Classic Car Cruise In – Thursdays May – September from 5 to 7pm at the Gardiner Waterfront Park, the waterfront will be filled with classic antique cars, a DJ will provide music and entertainment and food vendors will have a variety of offerings.
  • Gardiner Summer Farmers Market: Wednesdays May -October from 3-6 at the Gardiner Common,  Put a face to your food and join your local farmers for the best local veggies, baked goods, meats and dairy products the season has to offer from 20 local vendors. Eat local, eat fresh, all year long.

 

CHURCH SERVICES

Christ Episcopal Church of Gardiner
Sunday 7:30am & 10:00am
207.582.3354

Highland Ave. United Methodist Church
Sunday 9:30am
207.582.2303

Gardiner Free Methodist Church
Sunday 11:00am
207.588.6229

Gardiner Nazarene Church
Worship Service – 9:30 AM Sunday
Sunday School – 11:00 AM Sunday
Youth Group – 4:00 PM Sunday
Women’s Bible Study – 9:00 AM Monday
Faith Weaver Friends (K – 5th Grade) – 5:30 PM Wednesday
Men’s Group – 9:00 AM Friday @ Dave’s Diner
207.582.5107

Faith Christian Church
Sunday 10:30am
207.582.5432

First Baptist Church of Gardiner
Sept. – May 11 a.m.,  June – Aug. 10 a.m.
207.582.4747

Some events have an opportunity for private vendors to provide goods and services.  Download Generic GMS Vendor Form for an event.