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!



7th – Loving Local Family Valentine’s Celebration. 10 am to 2 pm, Activities inside downtown merchants & at the Waterfront Park.  - Family friendly activities featuring the best of Gardiner in the wintertime.


4th – Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt & Window Painting10 am to 1 pm, Water St.  – 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.


1st – Gardiner Artwalk - To participate download the Artwalk Artist Application or Business Application.


20th 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, Johnson Hall’s annual waterfront talent show, and Fireworks!

To become a craft fair vendor download our application:Art & Crafts Vendor Application

GGRF Waterfront vendor form 2014

Are you an area business that would like to sponsor the event?  Find out how much we love our sponsors here: Sponsorship Value Proposition – GGRF 2015

*Independent vendors for this event must fill out the vendor application form.


7th - Gardiner Artwalk – To participate download the Artwalk Artist Application or Business Application.


19th – Barks in the Park 10am to 2pm – Gardiner Waterfront Park,  - Four-legged friends and their owners celebrate with special demonstrations and events.


10th – Swine & Stein Oktoberfest 11:30 am to 6:30 pm, Water Street,  - 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.

30th- Children’s Halloween 3:00 to 5:00 pm, along Water Street, Trick or Treating with Downtown Merchants, Sidewalk Parade, Costume Contest

31st, Early Bird Sale in Downtown Gardiner. Gardiner businesses join Renys for spectacular savings for early morning shoppers


28th, Small Business Saturday. 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.


Month-long celebration:  Gardiner Days of Light.


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 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 8:15am & 10:00am

Highland Ave. United Methodist Church
Sunday 9:30am

Gardiner Free Methodist Church
Sunday 11:00am

Faith Christian Church
Sunday 10:30am

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

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