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Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial and cultural heritage by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

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The Festival of Combustion

Join Rivers of Steel in celebrating the industrial arts and American crafts at the Carrie Blast Furnaces—Saturday, October 7, 2023!

The Festival of Combustion features hands-on activities for adults and children alike with demonstrations and experiences throughout the entire day and evening.

Things to Do

Tours, workshops, special events—there is always something fresh to do with Rivers of Steel!

Inspired by the legacy of iron-making at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Rivers of Steel’s Metal Arts program offers educational workshops, public demonstrations, and team-building experiences highlighting foundry work.

Schedule a time to stop by the Bost Building in Homestead to view the new exhibition of works from Croatian artist Maxo Vanka.

Discover the artistry and innovation of southwestern Pennsylvania’s rich heritage on a Rivers of Steel tour!


Visit, learn, and experience all five of the Rivers of Steel attractions that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.

Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, an excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and history of Pittsburgh from its majestic rivers.

Site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead and a key part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works

This time capsule of America’s industrial heritage embodies the “can-do” spirit of early 20th-century craftsmen.

A vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry

The Bost Building serves as the Visitors’ Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and offers exhibits on the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

Sparks ascend towards the sky as a metal arts crew creates a performance iron pour in front of a crowd of people with the historic blast furnace behind them.

Festival of Combustion to Ignite Awe at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

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The 2023 Festival of Combustion to Ignite Awe at the Carrie Blast Furnaces Rivers of Steel’s signature event expands with more activities, demonstrations, and excitement!   Homestead, PA (August 30,…
A yellow sunset softly illuminates the stack and stoves of the Carrie Furnaces with an Ore Bridge spanning the foreground of the image.

Catch Up with Rivers of Steel

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Community Spotlight—Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh

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Kardelens Fiber Arts member Hacer works on the design for an upholstered footstool.  Photo by Kirsten Ervin. Community Spotlight—Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh The Community Spotlight series features the efforts of Rivers of…