Corning's Gaffer District

Corning’s Gaffer District is downtown Corning’s shopping and destination, residential neighborhood, and the cultural and entertainment center of the region. In this historic district you will find busy streets, bustling stores, happening restaurants and bars, upper story living, a movie theatre, world-class museums and art galleries.

Festivals & Events

Many festivals and other special events take place in the Gaffer District including:

  • GlassFest
  • Weekly Farmers Market
  • Harvest Music Festival
  • Sparkle

World-Class Museums

Corning's Gaffer District is home to two of the most famous museums in Finger Lakes Wine Country.  The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum are both must-sees during your stay in Wine Country.  Purchase a combination pass to both museums for a discounted rate.  Kids and teens 17 & under are always free. Enjoy a free shuttle between the two museums and to Historic Market Street in the heart of the Gaffer District.  

Experience Trails

The Gaffer District also offers experience trails. Discover the Chocolate Trail, the Antiques & Collectable Trail, the Edible Excursions Trail, the Kids Adventure Trail. There is truly something for everyone in Corning’s Gaffer District.  Discover more.


The Gaffer District offers many options for dining. Whether you're looking for a classic pizzeria or upscale dining, you'll find it here. Discover culinary tastes at one of the district's restaurants, coffee shops, brewery and wine bar.  Discover more.