Rivers of Steel - Ukrainian Food Festival
Rivers of Steel - Festival of Combustion
Rivers of Steel - Rust Belt Food Tour
Rivers of Steel - Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop
Rivers of Steel - Happy Hour with Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Kids at Carrie
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

The Steeltown Shakedown

September 17 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Decades ago, cars were built by human hands. Hot steel rolled out of Pittsburgh mills and got twisted into frames and fenders, bumpers and fins. Pittsburgh steel. The stuff our Grandfathers talked about. Automobiles were pounded, hoisted, hammered, and cussed into shape. At the end of the day, when a chrome-encrusted machine rolled off the assembly line, men and women stood back and swelled with pride.

Those men and women who forged an American icon out of steel are now as legendary as the cars and steel mills they once inhabited. The Sacred Piston Car Club is keeping that tradition of Pittsburgh steel and the love of the open road alive with The Steeltown Shakedown.

The Sacred Piston Car Club is proud to announce that the Carrie Furnaces will be the site of The Steeltown Shakedown, September 17. This car show is open to pre-84 automobiles, motorcycles, vans, gassers, cruisers, and old school hot rods. The Steeltown Shakedown is a car cruise dedicated to those same old school ideals from generations ago. Built from the ground up and some still a work in progress, vintage cars and motorcycles, some a little shiny, some a little rusty, all are welcome. 

For some out-of-towners, we understand you might need to GPS the address...but trust us, your car will already know the way.

It's coming home. 

The Steeltown Shakedown features bands (Vertigo-Go!, Mickey and the Snake Oil Boys, The Legendary Hucklebucks), food, prizes, contests, raffles, vintage pin-up contest, trophies, and tours of the Carrie Furnaces!

September 17, 11am to 6pm; rain or shine!

Show cars: $10 per car
Spectators: $5 per person

Carrie tours: $10 per person

Swappers, vendors welcome!

Contact:  
  Greg Geibel 412-629-0803
  "Shakey" James Young 412-320-0738
  Jay Grabiak 724-875-4678 

Ukrainian Food Festival

September 9 at 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

On the 9th & 10th of September, 2016, the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church will host a Ukrainian Food Festival, featuring delicious homemade foods and pastries from our kitchen.

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

Saturday
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 

Festival of Combustion

September 3 at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

MOTLEN METAL RETURNS TO THE CARRIE FURNACES FOR A FESTIVAL OF COMBUSTION!

Rivers of Steel Arts (RoSA) presents this exciting family friendly event highlighting all HOT art making processes. The festival features booths dedicated to glass flame-working, ceramics, molten lava, bronze casting and cast iron! Visitors can expect a day day filled with live music, local eats, HOT art and COOL treats!  

All ages are welcome and kids UNDER 18 ARE FREE!

Get into the mix with a variety of HANDS ON ACTIVITIES for kids and adults. Pittsburgh Glass Center will be on site with live flame-working demos and glass workshops. Watch artists from Carbon Arts @ Carrie cast molten metal and fire your own ceramic piece with Lawrenceville’s TON Pottery. TechShop is bringing the FIRE PIANO along with blacksmithing demos. Local musicians will keep the music going all day while the Mobile Sculpture Workshop offers live welding and metal fabrication demonstrations. Learn about all of these exciting processes at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark where over 1,250 tons of molten metal was poured daily!

Bring the kids to experience one of the hands on workshops, each just $10. Be sure to purchase your make and take workshops and tours in advance because these sell out quickly! 

Hands on activities include:

Kids Creativity RoomEven the youngest guests can get involved in these activities so bring the whole family! $10

Glass MosaicDon't miss this awesome two-for-one chance to create your own glass mosaic with the Pittsburgh Glass Center! Two mosaics for $10 

Raku Fire CeramicsWork with Pittsburgh's Ton Pottery to glaze and fire your own ceramic design in their live Raku fire furnace! $10

Iron or Aluminum Scratch BlockCreate your own custom design in one of our pre-made sand molds and have the Carbon Arts @ Carrie team cast your design in solid iron or aluminum! $10

Bring a MoldHave your own mold? Bring it to the festival and have it cast by our team! $35

Mini-Tours of the Carrie FurnacesJoin one of our expert tour guides at Rivers of Steel for a mini-tour of the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark! Learn about the function, history and daily experience in this unique site where over 2,500 tons of iron were cast daily! $10 

Tickets:  https://www.showclix.com/event/festival-of-combustion

Rust Belt Food Tour

August 27 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! Brew stops include Braddock's Brew Gentlemen and Blue Dust Gastropub!

2016 tour dates:

April 16, May 7, May 28, June 11, 
July 9, August 27, September 17,
October 8, October 27,
November 12, December 10

For tickets and additional information, visit http://www.pghtoursandmore.net/Rust-Belt-Food-Tour.html

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

 

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

August 21 at 10:00 AM

Fillins, King, Fat Caps, Pieces.  Learn about these graffiti terms and more during a special Urban Art Tour and Workshop at the Carrie Furnaces.  

Shane leading graffiti workshop

Learn about the underground culture of graffiti, its history and how it continues to evolve today as an art form.  Led by Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tours will walk you through the entire site, highlighting works while encouraging open discussion about graffiti as a whole. The workshops give our guests a hands on experience with design, letter form, specific techniques, and painting with aerosol.

Allow 3 hours.  Recommended for ages 8+

Urban Art Tour Dates:
Sunday, June 26 at 10 AM
Sunday, August 21 at 10 AM

Great for students grades 4 and up! Please contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 to book this tour for your students.

Take a look at photos from a previous workshop on our multimedia page.

Directions:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs; it normally works on Google Maps however.  

Click here for turn by turn directions from Homestead/Duquesne and Edgewood/Swissvale.

If the ROAD CLOSED signs on Carrie Furnace Boulevard are up, please go around them and follow the road through the open gates to the parking lot.  

Happy Hour with Carrie

August 3 at 6:00 PM

Rivers of Steel presents Happy Hour with Carrie!

On the first Wednesday of each month May through October, enjoy an evening one-hour tour of the Carrie Furnaces site where you will learn about the iron-making process and the impact of the industry on the region and the world. Following the tour, we'll meet for a beer at one of our local partners. We're excited to be partnering once again with Voodoo Brewery HomesteadThe Brew Gentlemen Beer Company and Blue Dust. We also have a new beer partner for 2016 - Duke's Upper Deck Cafe

Tour starts at 6 PM. Following the tour, head over to the brewery/pub for a crafted brew. Food will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance and include an hour-long Carrie Furnaces Tour and one beer. If a tour date is not sold out, remaining tickets will be sold on-site for $25 per person.

The Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. This is an outdoor event. Please dress appropriately for the weather. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.

May 4: Voodoo Brewery Homestead

June 1: Brew Gentlemen Beer Company

July 6: Blue Dust

August 3: Voodoo Brewery Homestead - Co-hosted by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

September 7: Brew Gentlemen Beer Company

October 5: Duke's Upper Deck Cafe

Directions to Carrie Furnaces

Kids at Carrie

July 31 at 1:30 PM

Designed specifically for families with young children, this event is an introduction to Pittsburgh's iron and steel heritage. Children will learn how iron and steel are made and what it was like to work in a blast furnace, go on an adventure walk through parts of the Carrie Furnaces site, and end with an art project and treats from a cookie table. All children will receive a babushka and a hard hat as part of the tour. We recommend comfortable clothes that can get dirty and sturdy boots or sneakers. 

Location:
Carrie Furnaces
Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Swissvale, PA 15218 

Dates: 
Sunday, June 26 
Sunday, July 31 
Sunday, August 21

Times: 
1:30 PM - Approx. 3:00 PM

Cost:   
$10 per child 
$5 per adult

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Get tickets at ShowClix.com.

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

Directions:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs; it normally works on Google Maps however.  

Click here for turn by turn directions from Homestead/Duquesne and Edgewood/Swissvale.

If the ROAD CLOSED signs on Carrie Furnace Boulevard are up, please go around them and follow the road through the open gates to the parking lot.  

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

July 22 at 10 AM. Also 10 AM & 11 AM Saturdays, 1 PM Sundays

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

Constructed in 1906, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 stood at the heart of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh's steel heritage. 

On this tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site's technology, workers, and culture from it's heyday to the post-industrial present.

Allow 2 hours.  Recommended for ages 8+

Guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces are offered:

May through October
     Saturdays at 10 AM and 11 AM (except May 28)
     Sundays at 1 PM

June through August
     Fridays at 10 AM

The site is closed at all other times.


Advance      Door*
Child (17 and under) $ 12.50 $ 17.00
Student (18+ with college ID)   $ 15.00 $ 20.00
Senior (62 and above) $ 15.00 $ 20.00
General Admission $ 19.00 $ 25.00

 

*Tours are limited to 25 participants. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as we can not guarantee tickets will be available for walk ups. 

 


Private group tours and photographic opportunities are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 for information.  

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

Directions:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs; it normally works on Google Maps however.  

Click here for turn by turn directions from Homestead/Duquesne and Edgewood/Swissvale.

If the ROAD CLOSED signs on Carrie Furnace Boulevard are up, please go around them and follow the road through the open gates to the parking lot.  

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