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October 8, 2022

2022 Festival of Combustion

Saturday, 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This one-of-kind extravaganza invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the industrial arts and American crafts through hands-on activities, trade demonstrations, tours, live music, fireworks, and more!

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The heart of the festival takes its inspiration from the iron-making legacy of this National Historic Landmark. The metal team will be pouring iron throughout the day, and festival-goers can carve their own mold to be cast in front of their eyes! In the evening, sparks will light up the sky during a performance iron pour. The flames do not stop there: fire is integrated to artworks on display and flame performers will keep crowds captivated throughout the day.

The Festival of Combustions goes beyond the molten iron and flames to showcase the creativity and innovation our region’s artists, makers, and builders in a variety of ways. The day features glassblowing demonstrations, stations for welding, metal fabrication, and more. New this year for the Festival of Combustion is the Heritage Craft Tent presented by Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey. This festival within the festival explores American heritage traditions, including the most tasty of American crafts—whiskey distilling! The team from Knob Creek will be educating participating adults on the varieties of rye whiskey. There will be the opportunity to sample spirits and to enjoy a cocktail. Blacksmithing demonstrations, live Appalachian music, and hands-on experiences under the tent!

Also, for the first time ever, visitors to the Festival of Combustion can see the Monongahela Valley like never before, far above the Carrie Blast Furnaces in the basket of a hot air balloon!  Pending good weather, tethered rides will be offered throughout the day.

Full details can be found on the festival webpage.

local band Ferdinand the bull performs during the 5th annual festival of combustion
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Hours & Admission*

The Festival of Combustion is October 8th,  2022 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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Kids under 18 are FREE. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets at the gate $25

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"Wonderful tour and blacksmithing demo! Excellent photography stop, highly recommend."—Bonnie Joy Massey, Google Review, 2021

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Location & Directions

The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in Swissvale and Rankin, PA in the Monongahela River Valley. The entrance to the Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104.

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What to Know Before You Go

As a former industrial site, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit.

  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • Maintain social distance: Social distancing is no longer mandatory, but we do ask that you be mindful of the people around you, allowing for a comfortable amount of space when possible.
  • What to wear: Clothing you can get dirty.  The workshop space is not temperature controlled; please dress for the weather. Additionally, the ground is uneven—sensible shoes are a must. Open-toed shoes and high heels are prohibited. 
  • Restrooms & concessions: The rawness of the site is certainly part of its charm. However, that rawness also limits the creature comforts many of us are accustomed to, like running water. Portable bathrooms, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer are available. Food amenities are not available (with some exceptions, such as food trucks at festivals).
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
  • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available and the ramp to the workshop space is ADA compliant. However, the grounds to the space may not  be accessible for all wheelchairs. Contact us for details and options.
  • Liability: By purchasing admission tickets, all visitors consent to the terms of our liability waiver and consent to be photographed (PDF).
  • Admission: Site access is limited to guided tours, workshops, and events. Unless otherwise noted, all admissions are ticketed.
  • Location: The entrance to the Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104.

Thank you for following these guidelines. We wish you to have the best visit possible, and appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the visitor experience.

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October 8, 2022
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Carrie Blast Furnaces
801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15218 United States
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