Refract Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Refract is Seattle’s premier glass festival, a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the hundreds of glass artists working in this material who live in the Pacific Northwest. It includes programming by more than 50 organizations and 70 artists. Events are designed for everyone—curious newcomers to long-time glass art collectors. All are welcome! In 2023, Refract celebrates its 5th year!
Refract runs from Thursday, October 12 (with the official kick off party, Gather, that evening) through Sunday, October 15, 2023. Some events run every day, some only happen once. You can filter the schedule on the website by day to see what’s happening on each date.
Gather is the official opening night party for Refract, and offers a great chance to meet many of the participating artists and get help from an onsite concierge to plan your itinerary.
Refract events are held throughout the city of Seattle, and in surrounding areas such as Tacoma, Issaquah, Everett and Bainbridge Island. Some events are accessible by public transportation, for others it will be helpful to have a car.
Refract events are produced by more than 50 partner artists and organizations, and the majority of events and programs are FREE! A few special programs do require paid tickets, or advance reservations. Follow the links on the website to purchase those directly from the event hosts.
On Saturday and Sunday, some of the top artists working in glass are opening up their usually private studios to welcome you. We have organized roughly by geography: on Saturday, open studios will be in the north-end neighborhoods of Seattle, and on Sunday, in the central, south, and west neighborhoods. We will add a printable map to the Open Studio page in early October. Please see each artist listing for capacity limitations and accessibility notes.
We recommend one of our official Refract partner hotels who are offering special Refract packages! Click here to see the deals!
Find all sorts of helpful resources here, along with contact information for our Visit Seattle visitor information team.
Refract is always held in mid-October. 2024 dates will be announced this year.