10th Annual Swine & Stein Brewfest is coming to Gardiner! Water Street in historic downtown Gardiner transforms into an open air beer garden. A trifecta of beverage, food, and music, this event showcases the diversity and quality of Maine craft beverages. In celebration of local Maine agriculture, restaurants and local food vendors from Gardiner and across the state will serve up a variety of delicious culinary dishes featuring local pork and other creative cuisine. Maine bands entertain throughout the day, and an array of unconventional games and activities encourage mingling and merriment. For more information view the Swine & Stein event page
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.
This day-long festival is part of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual summer celebration of the Kennebec River, locally styled as the “Whatever Family Festival.” Activities will take place along Water Street and at Waterfront Park with an expected attendance of 2,000 people from around the region.
The Greater Gardiner River Festival features arts and entertainment, games, giveaways, and local food at the beautiful Waterfront Park. Gardiner Main Street presents live music and entertainment, a craft fair, and activities for all ages. As part of this event, the 18th annual Gardiner Arts and Crafts Festival will take place downtown from 10am-4pm. Water Street is transformed into an open air shopping festival showcasing artisans and crafters from around Maine.
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 standup paddleboard demonstrations. Throughout the day, there will be entertainment and childrens’ activities at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park.