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GlassFest Celebrates Glass and the Fire Arts in Corning, N.Y.

GlassFest Celebrates Glass and the Fire Arts in Corning, N.Y.

May 23-26
Throughout Corning's Gaffer District

GlassFest Celebrates Glass and the Fire Arts in Corning, N.Y.

Listen to great music, eat fabulous food, shop for something special, and learn all about glass!


Corning, N.Y.—The tenth annual GlassFest, May 23-26, 2019, is a celebration of glass and the fire arts in America's Crystal City. Presented by Corning's Gaffer District and Chemung Canal Trust Company, GlassFest draws thousands of visitors to downtown Corning, N.Y., each year on Memorial Day weekend.


GlassFest kicks off on Thursday, May 23, with the Glass Ribbon Cutting ceremony held at The Corning Museum of Glass at 5:30 PM, followed by a special edition 2300°: GlassFest party from 6–8 PM. The festival continues in Corning's Gaffer District for three more days of live glassmaking demonstrations, glass exhibits and artwork, wine and craft beer tasting, live music, a spectacular fireworks display, family-friendly activities, an 8K race, museums and galleries, and special shopping and dining promotions for the weekend. There is no entrance fee and unless otherwise noted, most activities are free.


Mike Wayne, senior vice president & director of marketing, Chemung Canal Trust Company said, "Chemung Canal Trust Company is proud to continue our role as the presenting sponsor for GlassFest. We believe that thanks to the dedicated leadership of the Gaffer District and with the added support of a long list of other partners, this event has become the premier "family-fun" event within our region. What was once just an idea on paper has certainly blossomed into a wonderful weekend celebrating the history and artistry of glass within our community."


Watch live glassmaking demonstrations featuring gaffers from The Corning Museum of Glass on stage in Centerway Square on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Returning this year with great anticipation following the debut last year, visitors can attend the GlassFest Featured Artist Stroll & Reception on May 23, at 8:30 pm, join us!


"GlassFest is everything we envisioned when we launched ten years ago, an event that celebrates our history and future as the Crystal City. It is four days of extraordinary, memory-making fun for every age surrounded by the spectacular art, science, and innovation of glass. It's impossible to resist once you have experienced it!" said Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of Corning's Gaffer District.


Rock The Park, sponsored by Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships, is the GlassFest signature FREE concert series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Live music will be featured in Riverfront Centennial Park all three days: Friday, May 24th, Saturday, May 25th, and Sunday, May 26th.


Throughout Saturday and Sunday, visitors can wander along Market Street to view the works of art by local and regional artists, and to take advantage of special promotions offered by businesses and restaurants in Corning's Gaffer District. Families will enjoy plenty of fun activities including face painting, inflatables, Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular and much more.


At The Corning Museum of Glass, visitors can explore the re-added Contemporary Art + Design Wing, which features a 26,000-square-foot day-lit gallery building, showcasing the best of the last 25 years in glass. 


GlassFest is proudly sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Company, Simmons-Rockwell Auto Dealerships, Corelle Brands, Corning Enterprises, WETM-TV, WINK 106, MASTERPIX™, Radisson Hotel Corning, and Corning Museum of Glass.


For more information on GlassFest in Corning, NY visit or like Corning's Gaffer District on Facebook.


About Corning's Gaffer District
Corning's Gaffer District is a historic downtown business community with restaurants, retail, museums, galleries, services, and more. Explore the downtown and see why Corning was proudly named "Most Fun Small Town in America" by Rand McNally's Best of the Road in 2013 and awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Visit Historic Market Street - one of the American Planning Association's "Great Places in America" and celebrate GlassFest - named by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014, 2015 & 2016. Come visit us and see why we're famous. We're more than just brick sidewalks and little white lights...we're America's Crystal City! For more information, please visit


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