About the Festival

About the Festival at the Iron Furnaces

The Eighth Annual Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace.

The Bonfire Festival, a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum, explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture and celebrates other cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PA’s industrial past.

This year’s theme is the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead.” The event will feature music by the Indigo Moon Brass Band, a New Orleans-style brass band, hot Latin dance beats by Grupo Zona, and live music by Mariachi Tequila. There will be LED hooping, leviwand, poi balls, stilt walkers, acrobats, and fire breather performances by the Crufeli Sideshow. The Double “R” Twirlettes will entertain with their astounding fire twirling. There will be face painting, tarot card readings, balloon artists, delicious food and drink, and the ceremonial lighting of the Bonfire! Stop by the Cultural Tent to enjoy fun hands-on activities sponsored by the Everhart Museum, Scranton Cultural Center, Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug, and United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. Children 12 and under free!

Tickets include admission to the festival and $5 in Bonfire Bucks, to use towards food, beverage, and activities. Tickets are $15 online through October 15, then $20 online or at the gate. As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume attire!

About the Scranton Iron Furnaces

“Located near the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Scranton Iron Furnaces represent the early iron industry in the United States. The four massive stone blast furnaces are the remnants of a once extensive plant operated by the Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company. Started in 1840 as Scranton, Grant & Company, the firm had the largest iron production capacity in the United States by 1865. By 1880 it poured 125,000 tons of pig iron, which was converted in its rolling mill and foundry into T-rails and other end products. In 1902, the company dismantled the plant and moved it to Lackawanna, New York to be closer to the high-grade iron ores coming out of the Mesabi Range.

The Scranton Iron Furnaces, situated in a historic park setting, are open to visitors year round from dawn to dusk. In the summer months facilities are available for picnics.”

The Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces

Tickets can be purchased online using the link below, at the Anthracite Heritage Museum at R.D. #1, McDade Park, Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18504, or at the Electric City Trolley Museum at 300 Cliff St, Scranton, PA 18503.


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