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 Ninth Annual Celebration of Glass and the Fire Arts in America's Crystal City is May 24-27, 2018

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

Spend some time in Centerway  Square and watch gaffers from The Corning Museum of Glass create a one-of-a-kind glass pieces live on stage.  Demonstrations will begin at the top of each hour and last approximately 15-20 minutes.  The demos are fully narrated-fun for the whole family!

Friday, May 25 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 26 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 27 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2300°: GlassFest
6pm on May 24, 2018
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.
Exhibits & Displays
ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Come to The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery at The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes to see work by emerging and experienced artists from the Finger Lakes region!  From jewelry, books, and handmade gift cards to glass, paintings, and...
Corning Museum of Glass
See Live, narrated Hot Glass Demonstrations, and explore the Contemporary Art + Design Wing as well as the Museum's two major exhibitions.  Visit the international Museum Shops, and even Make Your Own Glass.  Exhibitions and...
Exhibit A
Exhibit A presents interactive sculptures by Greg Wright for GlassFest. Wright is a recent Alfred University graduate whose engaging objects produce sound and light and are created from various materials including glass.Also on view are intricate...
The Rockwell Museum
The Rockwell Museum111 Cedar Street | Daily, 9 am – 8 pmJust steps from Market Street in Historic City Hall, The Rockwell Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Upstate NY and boasts three floors of spectacular American art. Don't miss...
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
Family owned and operated, West End Gallery is Corning's longest standing fine arts gallery, celebrating 41 years on Historic Market Street. You will find a beautiful selection of representational art by more than 60 exceptional artists working in a...
Nightlife & Entertainment

If there's one event at GlassFest that you don't want to miss, it is Rock the Park, presented by Simmons Rockwell Auto Dealerships.  This three-day Free concert is one of the highlights of GlassFest.  Join us in Riverfront Centennial Park on Friday & Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, for amazing live music, local vendors, fireworks (Saturday only), and a Memorial Day Tribute (Sunday)

Friday, May 25th

8:30-10:00 PM 


The same band members of DSB, the crowd favorite Journey tribute band will perform hits from AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Night Rider, Metallica, Loverboy, 
Foreigner, Toto and many more.  This is one show you must see!

Saturday, May 26th

6:30-7:45 PM

 Lucky Number

Saturday, May 26th 

8:15-9:45 PM


The area's favorite Journey Tribute band, DSB, returns to perform your favorite Journey songs.  Since 2009, DSB's high energy stage production and accurate recreations of Journey classics have made them the #1 Journey Tribute Show in the world.

DSB has been highly revered as the "next best thing" to Journey.  They have captured the lush and signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime.  Complete with a band of world-class musicians, DSB remains true to Journey's musical legacy and delivers the nostalgic concert experience that will keep you believing!

DSB #1 Tribute Journey Band

Sunday, May 27th

12-1 PM Quentin Harriger

Quentin grew up on a country road in upstate New York where county music was and remains the soundtrack to the blue-collar life. Music was a hobby that turned into opportunities that led him to win Twin Tiers Idol and Hawk Hitmaker as well as opening for several Nashville acts including Eric Paslay, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley and more. He has released two studio singles "I'm An American" and "Creekbed".

1:00-2:30 PM Ayla Brown & Rob Bellamy

Ayla is an American recording artist and former NCAA basketball player who has relocated to Nashville, TN to further her singing/songwriting career.  She was on American Idol Season 5 and placed in the top 16.  Ayla has sang the National Anthem all over our country and most recently at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.  Ayla has been performing and recording since 2004.  In 2010, she traveled to Afghanistan to perform for our troops and has recorded Heroes & Hometowns, a seven-song EP featuring a studio version of “The Star Spangled Banner” in addition to all original patriotic-inspired songs.  A portion of all CD sales benefit a Massachusetts-based military non-profit called Hugs for Heroes.  

Joining Ayla is local favorite Rob Bellamy, who is known in this area from his playing days as an Elmira Jackal.  Rob retired from a professional ice hockey career.  He most recently played for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.  Bellamy was originally drafted 92nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.  Rob is also a singer/songwriter who has also relocated to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

3:00-4:30 PM Tony Jackson

Former Marine Tony Jackson at the age of 40 became an internet sensation with a video of himself singing “The Grand Tour” a big hit for another former Marine, the late George Jones.  Now Jackson has left a successful career as a senior vice president at a Fortune 500 bank to pursue a career in traditional country music.  Tony’s self-titled debut album features Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian and County Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill.  His exploding fan base has exceeded 45 million Facebook views and 1 million shares.  Join us for an unforgettable performance by rising star Tony Jackson performing some of your favorite George Jones songs in addition to his current hits.  

Tony Jackson-The Grand Tour




2300°: GlassFest
6pm on May 24, 2018
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

MASTERPIX Fine Glass Prints 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Business Hours

From May 25-27th, participants can search for MASTERPIX glass prints in participating Gaffer District businesses for a chance to win great prizes including:

  • 20-MASTERPIX images
  • 3-large prize MASTERPIX prints (24"x36", 16"x24", 16"x16" or 11"x4')
  • Concierge Design Packages to create a personal MASTERPIX to include design with up to 5 images and print size of you choice up to 16"x24

Scavenger Hunt Instructions:

Entry forms can be picked up starting Friday, May 25th at the Corning Gaffer District Information Tent in Centerway Square.

  1. Stop in and obtain a stamp from at least 15 of our participating Gaffer District businesses May 25-27th, 2018
  2. Fill out your name, address and contact information at the bottom of the provided MASTERPIX Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt form.
  3. Leave your completed entry form at the Gaffer District Information tent in Centerway Square by 4 PM on Sunday, May, 27th.

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018

Glass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 5:30pm (Corning Museum of Glass)
2300°: GlassFest, 6–8pm (Corning Museum of Glass)

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018

MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt, Business Hours (Participating Businesses)
Outdoor Hot Glass Demos, 12–8pm (Centerway Square)
Finger Lakes Wine & Beer Tasting, 5–8pm (Participating Businesses)

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

Live Music - DSB Detour: A Journey Through Classic Rock  8:30–10pm

SATURDAY, May 26, 2018

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)

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

Kids Activities, 3–8pm
Live Music - Lucky Number 6:30–7:45pm
Live Music - DSB "America's Favorite Journey Tribute Band" 8:15–9:45pm
Kids Glow Stick Giveaway, 8pm
Fireworks, 10pm

SUNDAY, May 27, 2018

MASTERPIX™ Fine Glass Prints Scavenger Hunt, Business Hours (Participating Businesses)
Street Exhibits, Artists & Vendors, 10am–4pm (Market St)
Outdoor Hot Glass Demos, 11am–5pm (Centerway Square)

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

Kids Activities, 12–4pm
Live Music - Quentin Harriger 12–1:00pm
Live Music - Ayla Brown & Rob Bellamy 1–2:30pm
Memorial Day Salute, 2:30pm

Live Music - Tony Jackson, 3–4:30pm

**schedule subject to change**

GlassFest Video
Events For the Whole Family
Diverse Entertainment
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 24-27, 2018

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.


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

Where to Stay


 Radisson Hotel Corning is in the heart of Corning's Gaffer District and all of the GlassFest activities! Guests will enjoy a four-day celebration of glass and the fire arts in the Crystal City, featuring live hot glass shows, artist demonstrations, Finger Lakes Wine & Beer Tasting, GlassFest 8K, shopping, dining and more! Radisson Hotel Corning will also be hosting "Brews, Blues and BBQ" on Radisson's lawn, on Saturday, May 26th from 4–7 p.m.

Friday Night GlassFest Package includes:
Overnight accommodations
Two tickets to the Finger Lakes Wine & Craft Beer Tasting held throughout downtown Corning on Friday, May 25th from 5-8 p.m. ($30 value; includes souvenir wine and beer glasses)
Saturday Night GlassFest Package includes:
Overnight accommodations
Two complimentary BBQ Chicken Dinners at Radisson's "Brews, Blues & BBQ" event happening on the lawn from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th
Terms and Conditions
Booking Start Date: April 3, 2018
Booking End Date: May 25, 2018
Available for stays from May 25, 2018, to May 26, 2018.
A limited number of GlassFest packages are available.
Advance reservation required.
Must show valid ID and be over 21 to book this package.

Radisson Corning

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 2018!

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

Participation Forms:

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 2018 Celebrates Glass & the Fire Arts in Corning, NY
May 14, 2018


Corning's Gaffer District Announces Returning Sponsor for GlassFest 2018 Scavenger Hunt
May 9, 2018

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

Rock the Park Sponsored by Simmons Rockwell
Apr 23, 2018

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Wednesday, February 22, 2018
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Corning Enterprises
Corning Museum of Glass
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Our historic downtown is known for its exceptional shopping, dining, arts and beautifully restored buildings, just steps away from the world famous Corning Museum of Glass. A year-long calendar of festivals and events celebrates decades of tradition, including the nationally-recognized Wineglass Marathon, the family favorite holiday event, Sparkle and GlassFest — a four-day celebration of glass and the fire arts in America's Crystal City.

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114 Pine St., Suite 202, Corning, NY 14830
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