What is Refract?

Refract programming features more than 70 artists at 60+ events. Events are designed for everyone—from curious newcomers to long-time glass art collectors. All are welcome! 2024 will be Refract’s sixth year.

When is Refract?

Refract 2024 will be held October 17-20.

Where is Refract?

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.

How much are tickets to Refract?

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.

What are the Artist Open Studios?

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 note

Where should I stay during Refract?

We recommend one of our official Refract partner hotels who are offering special Refract packages! Packages coming soon!

How do I learn more about glass art in the Pacific Northwest?

Our Glass Art Guide is an excellent resource!

How do I plan my trip to Seattle?

Find all sorts of helpful resources here, along with contact information for our Visit Seattle visitor information team.

How do I get involved?

Contact our team at