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The Days of Incandescence

Check out the list of events for this year's Days of Incandescence!
October 21, 2021 - October 31, 2021
10am - 9pm
114 Pine St., Ste. 202 Corning, NY 14830
Days of Incandescence Returns to Corning! Enjoy the history and mystery of Corning

What are the Days of Incandescence?


Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau partners with Corning's Gaffer District to develop and host the annual Days of Incandescence seasonal event.


"The Days of Incandescence" is a special multi-day celebration each October inspired by the actual history and rather curious mystery behind Corning's role in making the special glass bulbs for Thomas Edison's incandescent lamp and, as a result, its role in helping spread light across the world. As part of this multi-day event, a unique story was written and published called The Legend of the Gathers, which explores that historical event and the role of a mysterious young boy's role in making it all come true. "The Days of Incandescence" introduces actor-guided walking tours, live performances, and thematic special offers and experiences throughout the Gaffer District and the Heritage Village to take guests back to the 1880s. Check out the schedule below, and also visit the Days of Incandescence website for more on the history and story behind this family-fun event throughout the Gaffer District!


Every day from Thursday, October 21st – Sunday, October 31st

  • Corning's Gaffer District Businesses showcasing Days of Incandescence thematic special offers and experiences.

  • Archibald's Self-Guided Libations Crawl Challenge

  • A thematic self-guided challenge available through the Explore Steuben App

Legend of the Gathers guided walking tour experience (ticketed event)  |  October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, & 29th at 7pm

Costumed actors will lead a group of up to 20 participants for a one-hour guided experience through Corning's Historic Gaffer District to share some of Corning's history and a few secrets from the legend. Click here to purchase tickets!


Days of Incandescence themed Corning Farmer's Market  |  October 21st & October 28th, 11am – 2pm

Featuring live music and costumed actors


Days of Incandescence Celebration at the Heritage Village  |  Saturday, October 30th

Author and Illustrator book event, Ghost tours, live music, kids activities, demonstrations, food

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