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Get it in Gardiner: A1 Diner, 3 Bridge Street

The A1 Diner is a classic 1946 Worcester diner car in the historic downtown of Gardiner. This original Worcester Diner car #790 serves everything from specialty waffles to burgers, tacos and gourmet desserts. Their ingredients are all fresh and prepared by hand. You can even order a burger made with local grass-fed beef from Oaklands Farm in Gardiner. The menu and daily specials board are both filled with lots of unique choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and delicious desserts that are sure to delight. Sunday brunch is always a treat at the A1 Diner with a special menu that changes weekly.

The A1 Diner has been in operation since 1946 when it was named Heald's Diner. It has changed ownership a few times over the years but the reputation of delicious food hasn't! The Food Network featured them on the popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and they have also been featured in numerous publications and news clips. There is a book titled A1 Diner: Real Food, Recipes, and Recollections by Sara Rolph that features classic recipes and anecdotes.

A popular destination for locals and tourists alike you will always find a friendly greeting, hot cup of coffee and good meal at the A1 Diner!

Indoor & outdoor dining, take-out, curbside pick-up are available. Call (207) 582-4804 to order. Open Mon-Thurs 7am-8pm, Fri & Sat 7am-8:30pm, Sunday Brunch 8am-1:30pm. View specials and other updates on Facebook:

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Tickets on Sale Now: Swine & Stein Brewfest

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 12-5pm in downtown Gardiner

Swine & Stein Brewfest is beer festival that's more than just beer! Over 20 craft beverage producers from across Maine will be serving samples all day. Learn about all about the varieties of beers, wines, ciders, rums, meads, and more from those who know it best - the people who make it! Organized by Gardiner Main Street, this annual fall beer festival also features a full lineup of great music, tasty food vendors, fun games and entertainment all day long. General admission begins at 1pm, or a limited number of tickets are available for the premier VIP tasting hour from 12 to 1pm. Get ready for a party in the street and get your tickets today. VIP tickets will sell out!

Full event details and tickets are available at:

Follow our new Facebook account Swine & Stein Brewfest  and Instagram @swineandsteinbrewfest for more exciting event updates.

Buy Your Tickets Downtown and Save!

To reward you for shopping locally, a handful of local downtown businesses are selling Swine & Stein Brewfest tickets for $5 off the online price (and $10 off gate price). Get your discounted tickets today - while they last! Discounted tickets now available at Goldfinch Creamery, Gardiner Co-op, The Blind Pig, Monkitree, Table Bar, Bateau Brewing, and The Depot. More info at

Can't Make It Downtown?
Online Tickets Are $5 Off The Gate Price


Volunteer for the Brewfest & Get In For FREE!

Your help is needed to ensure a successful Swine and Stein event! We have many different types of volunteer jobs and time slots. Volunteers also get free non-drinking admission or can upgrade to a tasting ticket to enjoy after their shift for just $5. Aside from our eternal gratitude, you'll also be invited to a volunteer recognition event a few weeks later. Proceeds from Swine & Stein support the operations of Gardiner Main Street, and your help is greatly appreciated!
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for Swine & Stein Brewfest. View our sponsorship packet for details on how your business can benefit as an event supporter, or contact GMS at 582-3100 or

We're also still accepting brewer registrations, so tell your favorite breweries they should join us on the street! More info here

Welcome Glee to Gardiner!

Glee is an inclusive group of students 5 to 18 years old that meets weekly. Learning vocal techniques, dance and theater students will perform choral medleys, stage shows and musicals. Connecting the power of music, community through fun and experience. Visit for details

Ampersand Arts Academy Fall Classes

Registration now open: Dance/Acting/Art Classes from Toddlers to Adults

Time to make some more memories! The schedule fall schedule for Ampersand Arts Academy is out! Dance classes for ALL ages!! Acting class for two levels! Dance and acting classes begin September 6th! Art classes begin September 7th. Sept-December commitment! Location in the heart of downtown at 293 Water Street. More info and registration at:


ArtWalk Gardiner is Back!

Friday August 19th, 5-8:30pm

Artwalk Gardiner will continue in its 16th year on Friday, August 19, in artists’ studios, galleries, shops and other venues throughout Historic Downtown Gardiner. The event will feature unique works of art ranging from paintings, printmaking, photography, ceramics, handmade books, jewelry, textiles, live chain stitching, woodwork, and sculpture.

Along with featured artists showing their work at the ArtWalk, Dave Lawlor will perform jazz guitar music throughout the evening and there will be an Artwalk community Exquisite Corpse drawing game that will be fun for all ages! Follow Artwalk Gardiner on Facebook for more updates.

Johnson Hall Free Summer Waterfront Concerts

Friday nights through August 26th, Waterfront Park

Johnson Hall in Gardiner is proud to present the 2022 Free Waterfront Summer Concert Series at Gardiner’s waterfront every Friday night through August 26th. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy some great music. We will have food vendors and children’s activities with balloon animals and face painting and free giveaways. Also, there will be free crafters, artists, vendors, and more. 
  • Friday 8/19 6-7:30pm; Tough End String Band
  • Friday 8/26 7-8:30pm; Give Your Voice All-Stars followed by fireworks
View the full summer concert schedule at

Thursday Night Live Music @ Bateau Brewing:

Live Bands Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Bateau Brewing, 149 Water St.
  • Royal Havin; August 25th
Enjoy the warm weather while jamming with live music every Thursday night!  Bateau Brewing has delicious brews, a tasty food truck, and an unbeatable view of the Kennebec River!! Visit Bateau Brewing on Facebook for more info.

Book Launch & Author Talk with Gay Grant

Gardiner Public Library
Thursday, August 30th, 6pm

Author Gay Grant will discuss her new book and share historic and previously unpublished images of the Kennebec River Valley from the Herman Bryant Collection.

All book sales raise funds for the Gardiner Library Association. More info at or 582-3312
The Mix, Face to Face Networking Night Returns Sept. 14th
Gardiner Main Street is excited to resume our live Mix Social Networking events! Co-hosted with Bateau Brewing, this free event is open to all, whether you live, work, volunteer, or visit Gardiner. This event is a great way for those new to the area to connect with others. Celebrate our community, learn about events and happenings, and network with others. This “after hours” event takes place from 5-6:30pm, folks typically drop anytime in for as long or as short as they would like.
Baby Formula Bank
The First Baptist Church, 47 Church Street, is starting a baby formula bank. It will be open the first and third Mondays from 6-7 pm. This will be free and babies are welcome. Please help spread the word to moms who are having a hard time finding formula.


The Blind Pig Tavern
266 Water Street
Trivia & Tacos: Tuesdays 7-9pm
Karaoke: Wednesdays 6-9pm
Bateau Brewing
149 Water Street
Trivia Night: Wednesdays 6-8pm
Summer Live Music: Thursdays 6-8pm

Niche Inc
307 Water Street
Magic The Gathering: Fridays 2-7pm
Gardiner Public Library
149 Water Street
ME Career Center: Wednesdays 10am - 2pm
Children's' Storytime with Miss Ginni: Tuesdays at 10am
Gardiner Waterfront Park Cruise Nights
Every Thursday, 5-7pm

Support Local With A Gift For Any Occasion!

Not sure what to give someone? Don't have time to shop? Support our local businesses with the flexible downtown gift card program - The Gift of Gardiner!  This Gardiner Main Street gift check program may be used at over 30 participating Gardiner businesses.

$20 Gift of Gardiner certificates are available year-round at the Camden National Bank Gardiner branch at 190 Water Street.

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