Hot Glass Demos sponsored by The Corning Museum of Glass
Hot Glass Demos sponsored by The Corning Museum of Glass
Rock The Park Concert Series Sponsored by Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships
Rock The Park Concert Series Sponsored by Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships
Family Activities Throughout the Weekend
Family Activities Throughout the Weekend
Artist Displays & Exhibits
Artist Displays & Exhibits
Corning's Gaffer District
Chemung Canal Trust Company

The Eighth Annual Celebration of Glass and the Fire Arts in America's Crystal City is May 25–28, 2017

Presented by Corning's Gaffer District and Chemung Canal Trust Company, GlassFest is four days of glassmaking demonstrations, music entertainment, fine & fired art vendors, shopping, food, and more!
Live Glassmaking
GlassFest Opening Ceremonies
5:30pm on May 25, 2017
Join us for the popular GlassFest tradition held at The Corning Museum of Glass, a Glass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
2300°: GlassFest
6pm on May 25, 2017
At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting—and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy glassmaking demonstrations, live music, and great food and drink. Free and open to the public.
Hot Glass Demos in Centerway Square
12pm on May 26, 2017
Spend some time in Centerway Square and watch gaffers from The Corning Museum of Glass create one-of-a-kind glass pieces live on stage.
GlassFest Featured Artist Demo
1:30pm on May 26, 2017
Watch this year's GlassFest Featured Artist, Julie Conway work at the bench with one of our local hot glass studios, Vitrix Hot Glass!
Hot Glass Demos in Centerway Square
11am on May 27, 2017
Spend some time in Centerway Square and watch gaffers from The Corning Museum of Glass create one-of-a-kind glass pieces live on stage.
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience
11am on May 27, 2017
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience is a performance aimed to educate and inspire people to give new understanding and appreciation for the material, glass.
GlassFest Featured Artist Demo
4pm on May 27, 2017
Watch this year's GlassFest Featured Artist, Julie Conway work at the bench with one of our local hot glass studios!
Hot Glass Demos in Centerway Square
11am on May 28, 2017
Spend some time in Centerway Square and watch gaffers from The Corning Museum of Glass create one-of-a-kind glass pieces live on stage.
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience
12pm on May 28, 2017
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience is a performance aimed to educate and inspire people to give new understanding and appreciation for the material, glass.
Exhibits & Displays
Illuminata Stroll & Reception
8pm on May 25, 2017
Join GlassFest Featured Artist, Julie Conway for a stroll along Market St. as she speaks about each of her pieces in "Illuminata" found in the windows of many of our businesses.
Corning® Fibrance® Light-Diffusing Fiber Display
All Day May 25, 2017
View the Corning® Fibrance® Light-Diffusing Fiber Display at 36 E. Market Street.
Urban Arts Crawl: GlassFest Edition
5pm on May 26, 2017
The Urban Arts Crawl celebrates the everyday opportunities to enjoy art and culture found throughout Downtown Corning, New York.
GlassFest Fine & Fired Artists - Saturday
11am on May 27, 2017
Visit and shop a large variety of fine & fired artists along Historic Market Street.
GlassFest Fine & Fired Artists - Sunday
10am on May 28, 2017
Visit and shop a large variety of fine & fired artists along Historic Market Street.
ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council) is an arts services organization serving Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tioga counties. For over 40 years The ARTS Council has sustained and supported individual artists, schools, and...
Corning Museum of Glass
From children looking for adventure to artists looking for inspiration, there is something for everyone at The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in upstate New York, half-way between Niagara Falls and New...
Exhibit A
Exhibit A features contemporary art, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramic, and mixed media works by established and emerging, american and international artists. The gallery presents a revolving calendar of exhibitions and events as well as services...
The Rockwell Museum
In association with the Smithsonian Institution, The Rockwell Museum is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American experience, character and values through the eyes of American artists.The...
Vitrix Hot Glass Studio
Founded in 1979 in Corning's historic Market Street district, Vitrix Hot Glass Studio is regarded among America's prominent contemporary glass studios. Glass Artist Thomas P. Kelly, owner of Vitrix; along with Robert Kelly, business manager;...
West End Gallery
West End Gallery, a family owned and operated business, celebrates 40 years and is the longest-standing fine arts gallery on Market Street. Visitors will find a beautiful selection of representational art. The Gallery features artwork by more than...
Nightlife & Entertainment
2300°: GlassFest
6pm on May 25, 2017
At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting—and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy glassmaking demonstrations, live music, and great food and drink. Free and open to the public.
MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt
11am on May 26, 2017
From May 26–28, participants can search for MASTERPIX™ glass prints in participating Gaffer District businesses for a chance to win great prizes!
GlassFest Finger Lakes Wine & Beer Tasting
5pm on May 26, 2017
Join us for this special night of wine tasting, craft beer sampling and terrific shopping and dining promotions.
Rock The Park (Best of the Eagles Tribute)
8:30pm on May 26, 2017
Join us for Rock The Park on Friday night for BOTE (Best of the Eagles) Tribute!
Rock The Park (featuring British Rock Royalty)
8pm on May 27, 2017
Saturday night during Rock The Park features British Rock Royalty with songs by Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Led Zeppelin!
GlassFest Fireworks
9:45pm on May 27, 2017
Corning's Gaffer District and Chemung Canal Trust Company are proud to welcome Corning Enterprises as the sponsor of an exciting feature of GlassFest — fireworks!
Rock The Park (featuring Trick Pony)
3pm on May 28, 2017
Country music artists, Trick Pony will join us at GlassFest's concert series Rock The Park during our Memorial Day Tribute on Sunday.
More Activities
MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt
11am on May 26, 2017
From May 26–28, participants can search for MASTERPIX™ glass prints in participating Gaffer District businesses for a chance to win great prizes!
Urban Arts Crawl: GlassFest Edition
5pm on May 26, 2017
The Urban Arts Crawl celebrates the everyday opportunities to enjoy art and culture found throughout Downtown Corning, New York.
Wineglass GlassFest 8K
8am on May 27, 2017
The 8th annual Wineglass GlassFest 8K, presented by The Community Foundation, will run on May 27, 2017 at 8AM.
GlassFest Sidewalk Sales
11am on May 27, 2017
Participating businesses within Corning's Gaffer District are rolling out the red carpet and offering special promotions and discounts for GlassFest on Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 only!
GlassFest Businesses & Vendors - Saturday
11am on May 27, 2017
Explore sidewalk sales and special promotions from Gaffer District businesses on the street in front of the storefronts, and dine with café seating from select Gaffer District restaurants and food vendors.
GlassFest Fine & Fired Artists - Saturday
11am on May 27, 2017
Visit and shop a large variety of fine & fired artists along Historic Market Street.
GlassFest Children's Activities - Saturday
All Day May 27, 2017
Enjoy fun and FREE activities for the entire family!
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience
11am on May 27, 2017
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience is a performance aimed to educate and inspire people to give new understanding and appreciation for the material, glass.
Brews, Blues & BBQ
4pm on May 27, 2017
Welcome summer with an old-fashioned BBQ, featuring freshly smoked BBQ chicken and ribs, plus live music!
GlassFest Businesses & Vendors - Sunday
10am on May 28, 2017
Explore sidewalk sales and special promotions from Gaffer District businesses on the street in front of the storefronts, and dine with café seating from select Gaffer District restaurants and food vendors.
GlassFest Fine & Fired Artists - Sunday
10am on May 28, 2017
Visit and shop a large variety of fine & fired artists along Historic Market Street.
GlassFest Children's Activities - Sunday
All Day May 28, 2017
Enjoy fun and FREE activities for the entire family!
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience
12pm on May 28, 2017
Darren Goodman's Glass Experience is a performance aimed to educate and inspire people to give new understanding and appreciation for the material, glass.
GlassFest Memorial Day Salute
2:30pm on May 28, 2017
Join us for a Memorial Day Tribute in Riverfront Centennial Park.
Schedule

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017

Glass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 5:30pm (Corning Museum of Glass)
2300°: GlassFest, 6–8pm (Corning Museum of Glass)
Illuminata Stroll & Reception, 8pm (Market Street)

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017

MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt, Business Hours (Participating Businesses)
Outdoor Hot Glass Demos, 12–8pm (Centerway Square)
Julie Conway, GlassFest Featured Artist Demo, 1:30–4pm (Vitrix Hot Glass Studio)
Finger Lakes Wine & Beer Tasting, 5–8pm (Participating Businesses)
Field of Honor, 5–10pm (Riverfront Centennial Park)
DownBeat Percussion, 6pm & 7pm (Market Street)

ROCK THE PARK presented by Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships (Riverfront Centennial Park)

Live Music - DownBeat Percussion, 8–8:20pm
Live Music - Best of the Eagles Tribute, 8:30–10pm

SATURDAY, May 27, 2017

GlassFest 8K Race, 8am (War Memorial Stadium)
MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt, Business Hours (Participating Businesses)
Street Exhibits, Artists & Vendors, 11am–7pm (Market St)
Outdoor Hot Glass Demos, 11am–8pm (Centerway Square)
Field of Honor, 11am–10pm (Riverfront Centennial Park)
Darren Goodman, Glass Artist, 11am, 1pm & 3pm (intersection of Market St and Wall St)
Pottery Demonstrations, 11:30am–6:30pm
Mini Train Rides, 2–6pm
Kids Zone, 1–5pm (Chestnut Park)
Julie Conway, GlassFest Featured Artist Demo, 4pm (Vitrix Hot Glass Studio)
Blues, Brews & BBQ, 4–7pm (Radisson West Lawn)

ROCK THE PARK presented by Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships (Riverfront Centennial Park)

Kids Activities, 3–8pm
Live Music - C4, 6–7:30pm
British Rock Royalty, 8–10pm
Kids Glow Stick Giveaway, 8pm
Fireworks, 10pm

SUNDAY, May 28, 2017

MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt, Business Hours (Participating Businesses)
Street Exhibits, Artists & Vendors, 10am–4pm (Market St)
Mini Train Rides, 11am–3pm
Outdoor Hot Glass Demos, 11am–5pm (Centerway Square)
Pottery Demonstrations, 11:30am–5:30pm
Field of Honor, 12–5pm (Riverfront Centennial Park)
Kids Zone, 12–3pm (Chestnut Park)
Darren Goodman, Glass Artist, 12pm & 2pm (intersection of Market St and Wall St)
DownBeat Percussion, 12pm & 3pm (Market St)

ROCK THE PARK presented by Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships (Riverfront Centennial Park)

Kids Activities, 12–4pm
Live Music - Devon Franks, 12–1:30pm
Live Music - DownBeat Percussion, 2–2:20pm
Memorial Day Salute, 2:30pm

Live Music - Trick Pony, 3–4:30pm
Field of Honor Ceremony, 4:30pm

**schedule subject to change**

GlassFest Video
Events For the Whole Family
Diverse Entertainment
Kicking Off Summer With GlassFest
The Golden Gaffers
Hand Made Glass
Rock the Park
Live Music at GlassFest
Wine Tasting at GlassFest
GlassFest from above
Centerway Walking Bridge
Celebrating GlassFest in Centerway Square
Family Fun at GlassFest

Four Days of GlassFest

May 25–28, 2017

GlassFest kicks off on Thursday night with the Glass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and 2300°: GlassFest, free and open to the public, held at the Corning Museum of Glass featuring live glassmaking, music entertainment, shopping, food, and drink.

Friday begins with the Finger Lakes Wine & Craft Beer Tasting throughout Corning's Gaffer District, open to everyone 21 or older. Finish off the night on Friday at the Rock The Park concert in Riverfront Park.

Spend all day on Saturday and Sunday wandering along Historic Market Street, which is closed to car traffic and filled with art and food vendors. Watch live glassblowing demos on the outdoor stage in Centerway Square, listen to music during Rock The Park on both days, enjoy activities for the whole family, and even stay late for fireworks on Saturday night!

For more information on GlassFest call (607) 937-6292.

#GLASSFESTWEEKEND #EXPLORECORNING

Do you want to become involved or plan your visit? Please use the references below to learn more!

Where to Stay

SPECIAL GLASSFEST WEEKEND PACKAGES

 

Radisson Hotel Corning (Official Hotel Sponsor for GlassFest)

125 Denison Parkway East
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 962-5000
Package Availability
 May 25–28, 2017 (Limited number of GlassFest packages available, advance reservation required.)

Package Details (Reserve Today!)
Staying Friday night, May 26

Staying Saturday night, May 27

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Two complimentary BBQ Chicken Dinners at Radisson's "Brews, Blues & BBQ" event happening on the lawn from 4–7pm on Saturday, May 27
Where to Park

There are several parking options in Corning's Gaffer District. Enjoy complimentary parking in the Centerway Parking Facility after 5pm on weekdays and FREE all day Saturday and Sunday!

I'm a Gaffer District Business

Corning's Gaffer District businesses are encouraged to get involved in GlassFest 2016!

Please direct questions to Lin Kotlinski, Director of Events, lin@gafferdistrict.com or call (607) 937-6292 x105.

Participation Forms:

I'm an Artist

Ready to submit your application to be a part of the eighth annual GlassFest?

APPLY TODAY (PDF) - CLOSED
ONLINE PAYMENT FORM

Artists are invited to participate in the fire arts show, a judged showcase for contemporary fine art in one of the following categories: glass, ceramics, metals, and jewelry.

Artists may participate in a non-judged fine arts show, in one of these additional categories: painting (watercolors, oils, and acrylics), sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, photography, wood, and fiber.

Winning judged entries might be featured in promotional materials for GlassFest 2018 and the category winners will also receive a free vendor booth at the 2018 event.

Corning, New York, is home to the international headquarters of Corning Incorporated, as well as the world's largest glass collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, and many independent glassmaking studios.

GlassFest is held outdoors on Market Street, in Corning's Historic Gaffer District. Market Street is the primary commercial center of the city and ample parking is available nearby.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with your fellow artists who may be interested in participating in this exciting annual event!

Please direct questions to Lin Kotlinski, Director of Events, lin@gafferdistrict.com or call (607) 937-6292 x105.

Thank you!

Questions about GlassFest? We want to hear from you!
Please contact Corning's Gaffer District, 114 Pine Street, Suite 202, Corning, NY 14830. You can also reach us by phone at (607) 937-6292 or by filling out the form below.
GlassFest Introduces New Glass Element in 2017
May 9, 2017

Corning's Gaffer District and GlassFest presenting sponsor Chemung Canal Trust Company, with the support of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes are pleased to announce a new addition this year, the GlassFest Featured Artist.

Corning's Gaffer District Announces New Sponsor for GlassFest 2017 Scavenger Hunt
May 5, 2017

Corning's Gaffer District is pleased to announce that MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints will sponsor the 2017 GlassFest scavenger hunt with special prizes.

GlassFest Celebrates Glass and the Fire Arts in Corning, NY
May 3, 2017

The eighth annual GlassFest, May 25–28, 2017, is a celebration of glass and the fire arts in America's Crystal City.

Chemung Canal Trust Company
Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships - Rock The Park
Corning Enterprises
Corning Museum of Glass
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WINK
MASTERPIX
Radisson
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