June 26-27 2021

Unfortunately, at this point, we have decided to cancel RockFire 2020.  It is uncertain that group events will even be allowed at the end of June, and should things open up by then, we do not feel that during these uncertain times, it is appropriate to ask anything else from the 100+ volunteers and dozens of donors who make RockFire possible.

Up Next: FallFire, September 25 & 26, 2020

FallFire September 25 & 26, 2021
We are still moving forward with plans to hold FallFire the last weekend in September.   We will be incorporating aspects of RockFire in the Fall event, including moving the Friday night Heritage Walk to Friday September 25th.  On Saturday September 26th, in addition to the traditional FallFire activities and performances, we will be adding additional stages with several RockFire performers also participating.  If you have never experienced FallFire, we encourage you to check out this equally impressive Family event.  The  lower entrance fee provides an opportunity for everyone to experience our unique events, and the earlier starting time provides a more leisurely experience.

RockFire will return on June 26th & 27th, 2021 for a blockbuster tenth anniversary celebration we are eagerly planning.

RockFire by “Stuck In Vermont”

Thanks to Eva Sollberger and Seven Days for their 2014 story!

2018 Recap

Thanks to all who attended our 7th annual RockFire event on June 28-29, 2018. Guests enjoyed a Bobby Watt concert paired with tasty foods, beautifully hot weather, and a world-class sunset. Fire performers delighted the audience with their twirling, spinning, and even eating fire.


What Is RockFire?

RockFire is a unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale, celebrating Central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage all set in the evocative setting of Millstone Hill’s abandoned quarries and granite industry ruins. First held in 2012 as a fundraiser for the preservation of Barre’s Historic Quarry Lands, the buzz around this event continues to build. The centerpiece of the event is Firewalk, a three mile long procession lit by thousands of candles and luminaries with dozens of bonfires, all leading to variety of fire-lit art installations and 6 live performance stages.

The words most often used to describe RockFire are “amazing, magical, one of a kind, and powerful.”

One hundred years ago, Millstone Hill was the site of 75 active granite quarries, employing thousands of men and fueling central Vermont’s growth, cultural diversity, and prosperity. Waves of immigrants, primarily Scottish, Irish, Italian, and French Canadian, poured into the surrounding communities bringing with them their skills, talents, traditions, and dreams.

Join us in celebrating the historical and cultural significance of this amazing landscape.

What once echoed with the clamor of industrial activity is now reclaimed by nature and transformed into today’s man made natural wonder. RockFire will revive through live performance and exhibits the rich cultural sounds and spirit that these ethnic groups contributed to Central Vermont’s colorful granite past.

Map & Directions

Centrally located in the heart of Vermont, less than an hour from the Green Mountain State’s major attractions, Millstone Hill is an easy distance from Boston, New York, or Montreal.

  • From I-89 North, take Exit 6 (South Barre/Barre Route 14) and follow the access road approx 3 miles.
  • At the traffic light at the bottom of the hill go through the intersection and straight up the hill (Middle Rd.) for 1 mile. At the first intersection turn left onto Graniteville Rd. (at Rock of Ages). After one mile turn right onto Websterville Rd. A little after one mile you will see a huge granite quarry on your right and a left hand turn taking you to Rt. 302/ Rt. 110.
  • To get to The Lodge: Continue 200 feet up the hill beyond this intersection to the next intersection, then bear left onto Littlejohn Rd., going between the two yellow houses. The Lodge will be about a half mile up the road on the left.