Rivers of Steel - Cast Iron at Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour
Rivers of Steel - ORTC Geer and Cheer Music Festival
Rivers of Steel - Steel City Sampler
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie

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, May 17 and Sunday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 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!!!!

May 17 - live performances by:
Steel Clover
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans

Enjoy food and drink by:
Iron Oven Catering
Mobile Munchies
The Olive Tap
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans
and more!

Workshops for all ages include:
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)

Cast Iron at Carrie

July 31 at 5 PM Fri., 10 AM to 4 PM Sat. & Sun.; also July 31-Aug. 2

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 weekend 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 before attending the weekend workshop. Access to this tutorial will be provided upon registration.
  • Participants must likewise attend one of two pattern-making meetings held on Thursday and Friday from 5 - 6 PM. The workshop inlcudes instructions in the use of wax and plasticene, an oil-based clay. Saturday is devoted to making molds for the completed patterns; Sunday 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)
  • Participants should pack a lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

July 31 - August 2, 2015  
(Thursday, July 30 optional pattern workshop)
Friday 5 - 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM 

Cost:  $350 

Register for Workshops


Babushkas and Hard Hats Tour

July 25 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

ORTC Geer and Cheer Music Festival

July 18 at 9:00 AM


You are cordially invited to attend the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) Gear & Cheer Music Festival - a National Trails Day Event!

The ORTC Festival is comprised of environmental, educational, government, heritage, trail and outdoor groups primarily from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia but also Maryland and New York.

Free events includes kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding - demos and lessons provided.  Arboretum trail tour, children's fishing derby, gear demonstrations, geocaching, hiking, orienteering, wildlife viewing, health focused programs, educational workshops and lectures, arts & crafts, and a live nine-hour music concert.

Pay events include 5K run/walk, paddlesport races, cornhole tournament , road cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing wall, auctions, raffles, food, drink, wine and beer tasting.

Please join the ORTC on July 18-19, 2015 at the Lodge in Bradys Run Park. Bradys Run County Park is Beaver County's largest park, which consists of nearly 2000 acres. Bradys Run Park is located on Route 51, two miles north of Beaver, Pa within Brighton and Patterson Townships.

Bradys Run Park Map Bradys Run Park Lodge GPS: 40.731316,-80.351837

The Festival is open to the public, please invite your friends and colleagues.

The Ohio River Trail Council is a non-profit charitable organization where all proceeds will be utilized for the construction of the Ohio River Trail.


Click here for additional information.

Steel City Sampler

July 11 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.

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

July 3 at 10:00 AM and July 4 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) 


Happy Hour with Carrie

July 1 at 6:00 PM

Rivers of Steel presents Happy Hour with Carrie!

Carrie Furnaces + Craft Beer

On the first Wednesday of the month during our 2015 tour season, 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. 

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: Voodoo Brewery Homestead
September 2: Blue Dust
October 7: Brew Gentlemen

Each tour date will cover a different part of the Carrie Furnaces site so guests are wecome to come to multiple 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) 


160-inch Mill

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