What is a FireWalk? Will we have to walk on coals or something?
FireWalk Pittsburgh is a series of night-time firelit revels illuminating public gathering spaces in Pittsburgh’s Northside. You will not have to walk across coals at all. Guests will be invited to visit a series of firelit cauldrons, artisanally crafted by metalworkers from Rivers of Steel. Guests will walk among four fire locations in Allegheny Commons, either guided or self guided. Each fire is a well choreographed quartet of Cauldron, Storyteller, Dancer & Musician which play together to bring out the curiosity and warmth of its audience.
Do I need to buy tickets?
Admission to the festival is absolutely free and open to the public. Food, drinks, and artistic offerings are available for purchase at the Central HeARTh, located at the heart of Allegheny Square’s Buhl Community Park.
Where can I park?
There are plenty of garages nearby; we recommend using ParkPGH to check availability. You can also take public transit. There are many bus lines that get you very close to the festival footprint:
1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 54
Do the vendors accept credit/debit cards?
It’s up to vendor discretion as to whether they accept cards.
Can I apply to be a vendor?
Certainly! We encourage artful, skillful, and thoughtful Vendor applications and they are available through the website or just click here.
Is there music?
Yes! Each cauldron is programmed with free acoustic music. There will be musical surprises performing at the Central Hearth as well.
Is the festival happening rain or shine?
No. It’s hard to keep a fire going in a downpour. If rain is predicted, we will reschedule our Saturday event to Sunday. Please keep an eye on our social media for any weather-related updates: @CityofPlay
Is the event kid-friendly?
Yes! We encourage families and individuals of all ages, races, genders, religions and backgrounds alike to come together by the firelight. The more diverse the merrier!
Are there restrooms on-site?
Yes – portable restrooms are available near each Cauldron location as well as the Central HeARTh. Accessible bathrooms are located at the HeARTh as well.
What is your plan for safety?
Safety first! Each fire location will have at least 2 water fire extinguishers. Storytellers and guides will work together to maintain visitor expectations on fire interaction. Specifically, only staff are permitted to add anything to the fires, and they will only add wood. All volunteers will have first aid kits. In addition, fire marshals and off-duty police officers will be present in case of emergency. The closest emergency room is across the street at Allegheny General Hospital.
Is this going to damage the park?
We chose Allegheny Commons because we love the park, and we are committed to leaving no trace. We will not drive on the grass or stake anything into the grass. All fire locations are on concrete, asphalt, or stone. No fire location is underneath a tree. We will provide recycling and trash bins at every location.
Do I need an ID to drink alcohol?
Yes, you need an approved ID to purchase and drink alcohol. We will have a beer garden located at Buhl Community Park in the Central HeARTh. The alcohol vendor will be responsible for checking IDs and serving responsibly! They’ll carry their own insurance and we will respect their rules for serving and/or refusal to serve anyone.
I want to get involved! How do I do that?
While the event is free and open to the public, we do have ways for people to get more involved. We are offering FireWood Dedications to anyone who would like to further their support and commitment to this production. We are still seeking some talented individuals to Guide our night-time visitors along their way.
I have thoughts, comments, or feedback. Can I share that?
Of course, we welcome your thoughts!