About the Festival

About the Festival at the Iron Furnaces

The Seventh Annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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 event will feature music, fire twirlers, a Jack O’Lantern competition, face painting, fire hooping, tarot card readings, a balloon artist, a hands-on activity sponsored by the Everhart Museum, live theatre, the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire, and food & beverage, of course! 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 or $20 at the gate. As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under.

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


Preview our video to discover the MAGIC that is the Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces, the premier fall event at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces.