Elwood Glass Festival

The City of Elwood has a rich history of glass blowing that began as early as early as the turn of the 20th century, when Elwood discovered its rich resource of natural gas. The trade has gone through its ups and downs since, as families have opened, closed and re-opened their glass-blowing businesses in the area.

A craftsman at the House of Glass in Elwood, Indiana
A craftsman at the House of Glass in Elwood, Indiana

In the mid-1970's the Elwood Glass Festival was born after employees of St. Clair Glass Co. in Elwood decided to host a festival that would create a city wide event commemorating the rich glass history of this once sleepy little town. The glass festival is still held the third weekend of August and remains a tribute to the past. Every year it brings glass enthusiasts and new collectors to the area.


Callaway Park in Elwood, Indiana, 46036


Held annually the third weekend of August

Main events:

A blown glass lamp from the St. Clair Glass Co.

  • Demonstrations of local glass blowing craft
  • Showcase of art glass
  • Factory and bus tours
  • Crafts
  • Parade
  • Pageant
  • Carnival
  • Car show
  • Entertainment
  • and more!

How to participate:

The festival is open to the public. Food and arts & craft vendors should contact the Elwood Chamber of Commerce.

About Elwood, Indiana:

The City of Elwood is a small community of nearly 10,000 residents, located in Madison County in Central Indiana, roughly 40 minutes north of Indianapolis via US 37. Elwood is most famous as the birthplace of Wendell L. Wilkie , the 1940 Republican presidential candidate who unsuccessfully challenged President Franklin D. Roosevelt . An Indiana Historical Society marker sits at the site of his acceptance speech in Callaway Park.

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