Rivers of Steel - The Hard Hat Ball
Rivers of Steel - Ukrainian Food Festival
Rivers of Steel - Festival of Combustion
Rivers of Steel - Cast Iron at Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour
Rivers of Steel - City of Steel
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Sampler

Rivers of Steel Festival

September 20 at 10 AM to 6 PM

Rivers of Steel is excited to announce the Rivers of Steel Festival to be held at the historic Pump House at The Waterfront on Sunday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will highlight the region's rich ethnic, cultural, and folk traditions, new and old, and will include workshops, demonstrations, music, performances, food, craft and arts vendors, and much, much, more!!!!

To particpate, please download an application here.

The May 17 Festival included live performances by:
Steel Clover
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans

Food and Drink by:
Iron Oven Catering
Mobile Munchies
The Olive Tap
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans
and more!

Workshops for all ages included:
Pysanky Eggs with Larry Kozlowski;
Extending the Growing Season with Farmer Elliott of Lengel Brothers Farm and Market;
Reuse, Recycle, Ply the Hook: A Crochet Workshop (using recycled materials) with Donna Dzurilla and Yvonne Harris;
Tie Dye with Dragon Lady Tie Dyes;   
and more!

Demonstrations and arts & crafts vendors:
Abandoned Pittsburgh
Allegheny Cleanways
Alloy Pgh
Hey Baby Boutique
Hip Modern Soap Co.
Ivette Spradlin
Knitting by Pam and Donna
Munhall Central Fire Department
North Avenue Candles
Drop and Pull Egg Art by Joe Borytsky
Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts
Steel City Grazers
Steel City Soils
Watercolors by Peg Caine
Zero Fossil

The Rivers of Steel Festival is sponsored by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and The Waterfront.

The Waterfront

Rivers of Steel


Food Vendor Application (PDF)

Craft Vendor Application (PDF)

Workshop Application (PDF)

Performer Application (PDF)

The Hard Hat Ball

September 18 at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area proudly presents the Hard Hat Ball at Carrie Furnaces on Friday, September 18th. 

VIP begins at 6PM under the Carrie Deer Head for cocktails and fine cuisine from VIP chefs including Kevin Sousa, and live entertainment byCello Fury.

The MAIN event will begin at 8PM featuring food from local purveyors including Iron Oven and more, craft beer and a hard hat art show featuring local Pittsburgh artists in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the hard hat!

Live entertainment includes special performances by Soundwaves SteelbandColonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band, and Run Forever

Tickets will be on-sale soon at Riversofsteel.com. 

Keep posted for event details and save the date!

Ukrainian Food Festival

September 11 at 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

On the 11th & 12th of September, 2015, the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church will host a Ukrainian Food Festival, featuring delicious homemade foods and pastries from our kitchen.

Food Festival: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tracey Lee Simmen, the Ukulele Lady: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Food Festival: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Craft Fair:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ethnic Performances:  3:00 - 7:00 pm 

Eat in or take-out. MC/Visa is accepted. Handicap accessible

SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
220 Mansfield Blvd.,
Carnegie, PA 15106 

Info:  412-527-5359 or 412-279-2111


Festival of Combustion

September 5 at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Labor Day CelebrationFestival of Combustion Poster
Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Saturday September 5, 2015
12pm – 5pm

Presented by the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation, this exciting family friendly event highlights all HOT art making processes with booths dedicated to glass flameworking, ceramics, molten lava, bronze casting and cast iron! Visitors can expect a day filled with live music, local eats, HOT art and COLD Ice Cream! All ages are welcome and kids under 18 get in free with accompanying adult! Cold beverages available from Braddock’s Brew Gentlemen.

Get into the mix through a variety of hands on opportunities for kids and adults.  Design your own glass mosaic with help from the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Watch artists from Detroit’s Carbon Arts cast molten lava and fire your own ceramic piece with Lawrenceville’s TON Pottery. Learn about all of these historic processes at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark where over 1,250 tons of molten metal was poured daily.

Pittsburgh rockers The Bessemers will keep the music going all day while Mobile Sculpture Workshop offers live welding and metal fabrication demonstrations.


Basic Entry: $15.00 includes one hands-on workshop or tour of the Carrie Furnaces!
Kids under 18 years are free with accompanying adult!

Create your own unique piece of HOT art for only $5.00 each! Customize your creative experience by selecting from a variety of hands on activities:

  • Make your mark in molten Iron.  Scratch block designs
  • Create your own mini glass mosaics with Pittsburgh Glass Center
  • Glaze and design your own ceramic vase with Ton Pottery 
  • Guided Tour of the Carrie Furnaces (20min) 

Stop by any participating booth or purchase tickets at the gate.   


  • Multiple booths will be located throughout the Carrie Furnaces featuring iron pours, lava pour, bronze pours, glass flameworking and ceramics. 
  • Stop by any booth for the chance to work hands on and create your own unique piece of HOT art!! $5 to participate. 
  • Staggered pours and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. (See Event Schedule below) 
  • Guided 20 minute tours of the Carrie Furnaces depart every hour 
  • Live music by The Bessemers! 
  • Food vendors (see full list below) 
  • Beer provided by Braddock’s own Brew Gentlemen

Don’t miss an exclusive screening of a 25-ton iron pour, the largest iron casting outside of the industry!


Iron Oven Catering


Braddock’s Brew Gentlemen


Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation – ROS ARTS

Carbon Arts and 555 Artist Collectives

Iron Pour:  Casey V. Westbrook
Non-Ferrous pour(s):  C. Westbrook

Pittsburgh Glass Center
Glass Mosaics and Flameworking Demos

Mobile Sculpture Workshop

TON Pottery
Raku Fire Pottery


Video Demonstration: Ton Pottery’s Dan Kuhn Raku firing

Iron Casting Workshops with Carbon Arts



Hands on workshops are available all day
Live Music by the Bessemers: 1-2:30p and 3-4:30p

- Festival Opens

- Official Welcoming
- Guided Tour of Carrie Furnaces Departs
- Glass Flameworking Demo with Pittsburgh Glass Center
- Live Welding and Metal Fabrication Demonstrations Begin

- Bronze Demo with Carbon Arts
- Live Music with the Bessemers!

- Guided Tour of Carrie Furnaces Departs
- Glass Flameworking Demo with Pittsburgh Glass Center

-  Raku Fired Pottery Demo with TON POTTERY

-  Hot Iron Performance featuring Casey Westbrook

- Guided Tour of Carrie Furnaces Departs
- Glass Flameworking Demo with Pittsburgh Glass Center

- Raku Fired Potter Demo with TON POTTERY

- Glass Flameworking Demo with Pittsburgh Glass Center

- Close of Festival

Cast Iron at Carrie

September 3 at 5 PM Thur., 10 AM Friday and Saturday

Thursday, September 3 - Saturday, September 5

Rivers of Steel is excited to offer public iron casting workshops this summer. Casey Westbrook of Detroit's CARBON ARTS will be lending his expertise in iron casting as visiting instructor for this exciting opportunity. Workshops are appropriate for adults and children above 12 years of age and require no prior knowledge of casting! Regional artists and creators interested in learning this unique process are encouraged to register. The workshop will introduce those new to the craft, the basic processes of cast iron sculpture-patternmaking, mold making, casting and finishing, through an intensive three-day workshop. At the conclusion of each workshop every participant will leave with his or her own unique idea professsionally cast in solid iron.

Iron Casting at the Carrie Furnaces

What to expect:

  • Participants will be required to watch an introductory tutorial and attend a pattern-making meeting before attending the weekend workshop. Access to this tutorial will be provided upon registration.
  • The workshop inlcudes instructions in the use of wax and plasticene, an oil-based clay. Friday is devoted to making molds for the completed patterns; Saturday is casting day.
  • Alternatively, participant may make an original wax pattern using the wax-working techniques demonstrated in the workshop or bring a ready-made pattern from home.
  • Total Workshop Cost: $350 ($30 non-refundable registration fee)

September 3-5, 2015  
Thursday 5 - 7 PM
Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday casting will take place during the Festival of Combusion (12-5 PM)

Cost:  $350 

Register for Workshops


Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour

August 22 at 10 AM

Babushkas and Hard Hats Tours

Babushkas and Hard Hats

Explore the magical mix of immigrants and industry that made Pittsburgh the steel-making capitol of the world!

The tour includes an interactive presentation about the rise and fall of steel in Pittsburgh and what it was like to work in a mill; a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Carrie Blast Furnaces (bring your camera!); a visit to the Historic Pump House, site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead; and a delicious lunch featuring regional favorites such as stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies and the beloved cookie table. Transportation is provided from Station Square.

Dates (Saturdays):  
May 30
June 13
July 25
August 22
September 19

Tours will begin at 10 AM at Station Square and will end at Station Square at 4 PM.

Cost:  $85 per person

Tickets on sale now at www.showclix.com

City of Steel

August 21 at 1:00 PM

City of SteelKen Kobus, a third generation steelworker and author of the new book "City of Steel: How Pittsburgh Became the World's Steelmaking Capital during the Carnegie Era" will talk about the book, steelmaking in Pittsburgh and many photos of the steelmaking process. He will answer any questions you may have.

Kobus worked his entire life in the steel industry and has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh

August 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Pump House
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA 15120

Happy Hour with Carrie

August 5 at 6:00 PM

Rivers of Steel presents Happy Hour with Carrie!

On the first Wednesday of the month through October, enjoy an evening one-hour tour of the Carrie Furnaces site followed by a beer at one of our local partners. Each month's tour explores a different portion of this National Landmark site, where you will learn about the iron-making processs and the impact of the industry on the region and the world, so guests are wecome to come to multiple tours.

Tours being at 6:00 PM. Following the tour, head over to the brewery/pub for a crafted brew by one of our local partners.

Ticket price is $20 and includes an hour-long Carrie Furnaces Tour and one beer.

Tickets available here.

Beer partners:

May 6: Voodoo Brewery Homestead

June 3: Blue Dust

July 1: Brew Gentlemen

August 5: Join Steel City Grazers, our region's only goat grazing company, to learn more about vegetation management by goat on this week's Carrie Furnaces tour. Our friends from the Young Preservationists Association will be on hand before and after the tour to share information about their mission and how you can get involved. 
Beer partner: Voodoo Brewery Homestead

September 2: Our focus for this date will be on the preservation of the Carrie Furnaces and the future goals for the site. Ron Baraff, our Director of Historic Resources and Facilities, will personally lead this tour. This is your chance to ask all of your questions about the site!* 
Beer partner: Blue Dust

October 7: Rivers of Steel is thrilled to once again host Alloy Pittsburgh, a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnaces. At our final Happy Hour with Carrie tour, Sean Derry will conduct a tour of the installation art throughout the Carrie Furnaces site.*
Beer partner: Brew Gentlemen

*We will also be offering a general guided tour of the Carrie Furnaces on this date. Please note that this tour may repeat information from previous Happy Hour tours. 

The Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. Please dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour takes place outdoors. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.

For GPS or online directions to the Carrie Furnaces:
115 West Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA  15104
(This will get you close enough to the site to follow directional signage) 

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

July 31 at 10:00 AM and Aug. 1 at 10:00 and 11:00 AM

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area operates tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works. Tours take visitors through the iron-making process and include the famous Carrie Deer, crafted entirely of materials found on the site.  

Fridays at 10 AM - June, July and August
Saturdays at 10 and 11 AM - May through October

“In 1915, my grandfather began work on a helmet that could protect miners from falling objects. He based it on the doughboy, a helmet he’d worn as a soldier in World War I,” said Edward D. Bullard, CEO and president of the E. D. Bullard Company. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hard hat, Rivers of Steel is offering a special general admission price of $19.15 on guided tours!

Tickets on sale now at www.showclix.com.  

Cost:  $12-$19.15

For GPS or online mapping directions, use:

115 West Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA  15104
(This will get you close enough to the site to follow directional signage) 


Steel City Sampler

July 25 at 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

A Rust Belt Culinary Tour!

In the early 1900s, The Steel Valley of Homestead, Munhall, and Braddock was home to immigrants from around the globe. These thriving towns, once dotted with retail shops, bakeries, backdoor gardens and many a beer hall, fell silent in the '80s when the mills closed, but now are a part of the Pittsburgh-area renaissance. Guests will visit a renovated church hall, a modernized mill bar, and other revamped treasures of the still gritty mill towns to savor culinary delights that reflect the region’s rich heritage as well as its now trendy rustbelt cuisine! This 4-hour shuttled culinary tour provides more than enough food for a meal plus other surprises!

Tour dates:

July 11 and 25
August 1 and 29
September 12 and 26
October 10 and 24
November 7 and 21
December 5 

For tickets, visit www.showclix.com

A portion of the proceeds benefits Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

All culinary tours created in full partnership with The Fork and The Road LLC, Pittsburgh's Best Resource for Food Adventures, owned by regional culinary historian Mary Miller, who has a passion for finding hidden culinary treasures in and around Pittsburgh! Check out her website hereand Pittsburgh Tours & More, a tour company that spotlights the best of Pittsburgh by connecting tours with nonprofits to help the Pittsburgh community at large. Check out their website here.


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.