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October 7, 2023

2023 Festival of Combustion

Saturday, 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join Rivers of Steel in celebrating industrial arts and American craft at the Carrie Blast Furnaces!

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!

Advance ticket sales have closed. Get your tickets at the gate.Advance ticket sales have closed. Get your tickets at the gate.

Showcasing the creativity of our region’s artists, makers, and builders, the Festival of Combustion takes inspiration from the iron-making legacy of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. An all-day iron pour is at the heart of the festival—learn to mold your own design or simply watch the spectacle as designs are cast from hot metal. Check out other demonstrations by blacksmiths, glassblowers, welders, metal fabricators, and more, then get creative with hands-on activities for adults and children alike. After dark, the sparks fly during a performance pour, followed by fireworks over the furnaces!

Mini-Industrial Tours of the Furnaces will be offered throughout the day. Guests are now able to reserve tickets in advance for a fee. Those that register the day of can still participate at no charge, pending availability.

Craft beer, food trucks, live music, tattoos, and a maker marketplace with regional artisans will add to the festival atmosphere, including performances by Tom Breiding and the Union Railroad, Bindley Hardware Company, and The Shameless Hex.  It’s a day of fun for everyone!

Tickets are $20 in advance, which covers both day and evening activities. Admission is free for those under age 18. Live demos, marketplace admission, and workshops are included in the event ticket. For those seeking advance mini-tours tickets, they can be purchased at the same time as admission tickets.

The event runs 1:00 to 9:00 PM. Online ticket sales close at midnight on Friday, October 6. Tickets will be $25 at the gate. Free parking is available on the grounds.

Full details can be found on the festival webpage.

Hours & Admission*

The Festival of Combustion is October 7,  2023 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Advanced Admission 


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

Advance ticket sales have closed. Get your tickets at the gate.Advance ticket sales have closed. Get your tickets at the gate.

Location & Directions

The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in Swissvale and Rankin, PA in the Monongahela River Valley. The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

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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.

  • What to wear: Dress for the weather. The Festival of Combustion takes place outside. 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 and adult beverages will be available at this event.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
  • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available. However, the grounds to the space may not be accessible for all wheelchairs. Contact us for details and options.
  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • 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 Carrie Blast Furnaces is located at 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

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 7, 2023
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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