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Get it in Gardiner: Renys Department Store

185 Water Street

You don't need to leave Gardiner to have a real Maine Adventure – just head downtown and visit Renys. It’s Been Said, “If Renys Doesn‘t Have It, I Don’t Need It!”

You’ll find everything from Carhartt, Columbia, Timberland and Smartwool to Chippewa, Bob’s Red Mill, Lego and many more brand names that you know and love… plus great deals on other name brand clothing, gifts, toys, gourmet food, as well as close-out and off-price merchandise for all your household needs. It‘s worth the trip to check out what they have on any given day because you never know what you’ll find out – new items are put out daily.

Renys is a third generation, family owned and operated Maine business. Don't forget their annual Early Bird Sale right before the holiday season. It gives shoppers a chance to save even more and get a jump on holiday shopping. Gardiner is happy to have such a great Maine business in our downtown. You can get a lot in Gardiner – especially at Renys!

Open Mon-Sat 9-5 and Sun 10-4. Hours change seasonally. Visit to learn more about Renys Department Stores.

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Swine & Stein Brewfest: Just 3 Weeks Away!

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

Swine & Stein Brewfest takes over Gardiner’s historic downtown Water Street on Oct. 8th with all-day tastings of 24 Maine craft beverage producers, delicious pork and other tasty dishes from food vendors and restaurants, a full lineup of live bands, and entertaining games all day-long. Presented by Camden National Bank, Swine & Stein is beer festival that's more than just beer! 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! Get ready for a party in the street and get your tickets today.

Full event details and tickets are available at:

Follow our new Facebook account Swine & Stein Brewfest  and Instagram @swineandsteinbrewfest for more exciting event updates.
VIP Brewfest tickets are going fast! Get 'em while you can - we're almost 75% sold out. Get in to Swine & Stein an hour early to beat the crowds and have extra time to sample craft beverages from 24 Maine breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries and even meaderies. This exclusive VIP hour is sponsored by the Wellness Connection of Maine.
Get your tickets now at
Buy Your Tickets Downtown & Save!
To reward you for shopping locally, several 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! Now available at Goldfinch Creamery, Gardiner Co-op, The Blind Pig, Monkitree, Table Bar, Bateau Brewing, and The Depot
Can't Make It Downtown? Online Tickets Are $5 Off The Gate Price

Volunteer & Get In For FREE!

Swine & Stein Brewfest draws over 1,200 people to our beautiful downtown. This amazing event would not be possible without the help of dozens of volunteers working to make it a fun and successful day.

From early morning setup, to packing up at the end of the event there are many different opportunities and time slots to help pitch in. Volunteering for this event is really fun!

Any volunteer who signs up for a shift will get free designated driver (non-drinking) admission, or may upgrade to a discounted tasting ticket for just $5.

Proceeds from Swine & Stein Brewfest help support Gardiner Main Street’s mission to create a vibrant downtown community. Your help is greatly appreciated!


KJ Readers Choice Awards: Vote for Your Favorites!

Vote for your favorite central Maine businesses in the Kennebec Journal's Reader's Choice Awards. Each entry will be included in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Show your favorite local businesses some love by taking the time to vote them best in their category. Our business owners work hard all year round to bring us all of the things we enjoy from pizza to haircuts and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize them! Voting is open until Oct 14 - vote online HERE.


Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening: Topside Gaming

312 Water Street, Saturday September 17 at 10 am 
All are welcome to join us this Saturday, 9/17 as we celebrate Top-Side Gaming's grand opening at 10am. This new tabletop gaming store is located a 312 Water Street. You'll find everything from sports to magic, yugioh to pokemon, and more! Stop in and welcome them to downtown! Visit their Facebook page to learn more. 

Loving LoganFest: A Waterfront Jam

Sunday, September 18, 1:30-6:30pm
Gardiner Landing, Depot Square (Entrance to Waterfront Park)

In honor of Logan Johnston – friend, family and community member – please come to the Gardiner Landing at Depot Square for an afternoon of music on this Sunday. Whether you called him Logan, LoRo, Bobby, or Robert, you know he liked to jam with his musical friends and revel in each other's company. As did John Shaw, a fellow bandmate, friend, and dear community member, who will be honored and remembered as well.

Come early...stay for the day! LoganFest will be a jam to remember, with a chance to hear some of your favorite local musicians and maybe play with them too! Enjoy beers from Bateau Brewing at the Pump House deck, and food trucks too. Organized by family and friends of Logan Johnston, visit the event on Facebook for more info.

Double Entendre at Bateau Brewing

September 22nd at 6 - 8:30pm

Say bye bye to Summer and welcome to Fall! Enjoy some Oktoberfest along the river at Bateau Brewing! Live music by Double Entendre!

Tie Dye at Gardiner Public Library

Thursday, September 22  3-4:30pm

Join the folks at the library for another installment of their popular tie dye event! They will provide the tie dye making supplies, and you bring a shirt or anything else you’d like to tie dye. More info at 

Tea Party at Goldfinch Creamery!

Sunday, September 25th at 12pm, 316 Water Street
Tea Time! Goldfinch Creamery will be having a Tea Party on Sunday 9/25 at 12pm. Included is all you can drink teas, 5 different finger sandwiches, spinach puff or quiche, 3 different muffins/scones, butter and jam, 4 different mini desserts! Served on a 3 tiered stand. Cost is $12.50 per person. Reserve your spots by messaging Goldfinch on Facebook or calling 207-203-0007.

Marti Stevens Interactive Improv Theater Performance

Gardiner Public Library, Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30pm

The Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater will perform scenarios about the challenges many Maine citizens 50+ years of age encounter as they live and age in their communities. Each scenario will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the players ‘in character’ and to come up with solutions to the challenges presented. Visit for more information

Design a Library Bookmark!

The library needs YOU to help them dream up a new Gardiner Public Library bookmark that they will be giving out to all trick or treaters this year. Share your creativity with them! All entries must be received by 5pm on Friday September 30. Entries can be emailed to or dropped off at the Gardiner Public Library. All entries should be 2.5 by 8 inches.

Johnson Hall Presents: Maine Event Comedy
The Blind Pig - Next Level, Saturday, October 1, 7:30pm

Johnson Hall's Stand Up Comedy Series, hosted by Mark Turcotte, presents an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy! This month's lineup will include Dennis Fogg, Trent Wells, Joe Flynn & Ann-Marie Keene. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at or by calling the office at (207) 582-7144 Tuesday-Friday between 12-3pm. Location is The Blind Pig's Next Level event space, entrance is at 11 Mechanic Street in Gardiner. This location is not handicap accessible.

Gardiner is a  Maine Craft Weekend 2022 Featured City 

Explore historic downtown Gardiner and discover Central Maine’s vibrant craft scene! Join us for a full weekend of events in our historic downtown including gallery exhibitions, open studios, trunk shows, live demos, craft beverages, and much more.

Maine Craft Weekend Events in Gardiner: For full listing details including days & times visit

Maine Craft Weekend is an annual statewide celebration of craft presented by the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with Maine Made. This statewide tour features fine, traditional, and homespun craft, as well as visual and performing arts, Maine-made specialty foods, craft beverages, artist talks, activities for kids, and live music. This is an education, community-oriented and family-friendly event for all!

Downtown Gardiner Trick or Treat is back!

Save the date! On October 28th from 3-5pm children are invited to dress up in their cute, silly and creepy costumes and come to downtown Gardiner for some Halloween Fun!! From the Gardiner Public Library to the A1 Diner you will find many of of our downtown businesses handing out treats of all kinds! Find the event on Facebook for more info and updates. 

Watch a performance in the street from Ampersand Academy of Arts. A costume contest will take place in the newly renovated McKay pocket park along Water Street next to Niche Inc. Awards will be given for the scariest, cutest, most creative, funniest and best group costumes. The post office block of downtown Water Street will be closed to vehicles from Bridge St. to Church St. from 3pm to 5pm only.

This year there will be a "Candy Bank" located at the Gardiner Food Co-op at 269 Water Street. Our businesses each hand our several hundred pieces of candy for this event. Community members can donate a bag or two of Halloween candy or other store bought treats to offset the cost for our local downtown businesses.


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

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 through September - just two more left this season!

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Help support a thriving downtown – Volunteer with Gardiner Main Street!
Our board of directors and teams are always welcome to new ideas and energy to help support our mission to create a thriving downtown community. Join our growing list of new volunteers looking to help make a difference. Learn more about the work that we do across our four teams on our website, or get in touch with our office to see where you can fit in:, 207-582-3100 or complete our volunteer contact form on our website

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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