World-class glass art in Seattle? We can’t say we’re surprised.
In two weeks, the REFRACT glass arts festival will return to Seattle for its fifth year, bringing together the region’s best glass artists for four days of exciting glass events and exclusive arts programming from museums, galleries + studios across the greater Seattle region.
This year, the festival will take place Thursday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 15.
Keep reading to discover everything the festival has to offer.
Gather, an exclusive opening night party
- When: Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m.
- Where: Chihuly Garden and Glass
Kick off the weekend by mingling with Seattle’s glass artists while enjoying live glassblowing demonstrations and music, signature cocktails, beer and wine, and an exclusive tasting menu. Festival representatives from Visit Seattle will be available to help you plan out the rest of your weekend.
Pro tip: This event is separately ticketed from the rest of the festival — grab tickets online.
Daily arts programming
- When: Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15
- Where: Locations vary
Discover a jam-packed weekend lineup of live glass art demonstrations, do-it-yourself glass-blowing lessons, special exhibitions, artist talks + more.
- When: Saturday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Where: Seattle’s North End (Saturday) and Central + South End (Sunday)
Visit with extraordinary glass artists as they open their studios to attendees.
Tickets and accommodations
Thanks to community partnerships, entry to most REFRACT events is completely free. Entry prices for individual events, if applicable, are listed on the website.
If you’re traveling from further out, REFRACT has secured several hotel partnerships to make finding accommodations a breeze. See available packages.
Stay glassy, Seattle.