Gardiner's annual free, family-fun community festival. Highlights include an open-air craft fair on historic Water Street, live music and entertainment all day, active outdoor “field day” events for all ages, and the Gardiner Federal Credit Union Fireworks!
As the summer unfolds there are many events to enjoy, Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center kicks off summer festivities on the waterfront’s main stage with its waterfront concert series on Friday evening, June 16th with musical performances and fireworks. The fun continues Saturday with the much anticipated Greater Gardiner River Festival which features arts and entertainment, games and giveaways, and local foods galore all taking place at the beautiful Waterfront Park set along scenic Kennebec River. In a day-long celebration on Gardiner’s Historic Water Street and beautiful Waterfront Park, Gardiner Main Street present live music and entertainment on two stages, a craft fair, and activities for all ages on, near, and in the Kennebec River. The event is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area.
Festival organizers have continued to find ways to celebrate life on the Kennebec River – both from land and from the shore. Most activities are free to the public thanks to the area’s generous sponsors. Again this year, there will be several ways to get out on the river – from boat rides to Kayak and paddleboard demonstrations. Historic Water Street in Gardiner will be transformed into a pedestrian mall with artists, crafters, and specialty food vendors exhibiting their products from 10am-4pm. Throughout the day, there will be entertainment and childrens’ activities at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park.
Downtown Gardiner is celebrating its annual Halloween Trick Or Treating event for children in costume. It will take place from 3 to 5 PM on Friday, October 26th, in the Water Street area.
WATER STREET WILL BE CLOSED from Brunswick Ave to Church St. from 3pm to 5pm only. Participating businesses will receive an orange pumpkin printout to place in a window near their front door.
Those that have lived in Maine long enough know of a little holiday shopping secret to help get them through the holidays. It's called the Early Bird Saturday!
Downtown Gardiner businesses will open their doors at 6am with plenty of generous deals for Early Bird Saturday to help you get started on your holiday shopping. Whether you're on a budget this year or looking to score a bunch of great unique stuff, channel your inner early bird and visit these friendly stores downtown between 6-9am. Score gifts such as: STOCKING STUFFERS, UNIQUE ARTISAN ITEMS INCLUDING POTTERY, USED VINYL RECORDS, GOLD & SILVER JEWELRY, GIFT CERTIFICATES, and much more.
Join us on Saturday November 24th for our Destination Downtown Gardiner to celebrate #shopsmall Saturday. Treat yourself to a fun and relaxed shopping experience with unique shops, friendly and knowledge merchants, arts and culture, and several dining options.
In anticipation of Small Business Saturday (also known as Shop Local Saturday) many businesses are hosting special activities.
Shops are brimming with new items for the holidays, there's something for everyone from namebrand gifts to unique, artisan items for him, for her, stocking stuffers, gifts under $50, gifts under $30, and much much more.
Grab your FREE Shop Local shopping bag at our WELCOME STATION inside the Co-op and grab your BINGO card for a chance to enter and win raffle drawing prizes. Wreath sales at Johnson Park (time tba) and Free gift wrapping available at our Welcome Station during 10am-2pm.
Your town, Your community, Your choice...Make It Yours, Shop Local on Saturday in Gardiner!
Gardiner celebrates the holidays throughout the month of December. This festival kicks off with Small Business Saturday, when many local shops will be hosting open houses with raffles, activities, and refreshments. Highlights include:
Johnson Hall’s Festival of Trees Thursday, November 29 until Saturday, December 1st at 8PM. Stop by to explore an amazing array of community-sponsored trees decorated by theme - and purchase your raffle tickets to enter to win a tree!
Parade of Lights Saturday, December 1st 4:30pm the parade moves along Water Street from Winter Street to Waterfront Park.
Tree Lighting Saturday, December 1st 6:00pm in Johnson Hall Park. Ampersand Academy of Dance and Performing Arts will do a short performance at 6pm with the lighting of the tree at the conclusion. Santa Claus will meet with children on the first floor of Johnson Hall after the tree is lit.
Annual Latke Party and Chanukah Celebration Sunday, December 2nd 12-6pm at Two Gramps Brewing. Traditional Latkes will be served with homemade applesauce, sour cream, lox and a strawberry filled donut. Embrace the first night of Chanukah by competing in “Major League Dreidel”, a dreidel spinning competition and craft a creative Menorah and at home to be part of the Chanukiah Contest. Menorah lighting will take place at 4pm.