Our 5th Annual RockFire returns in 2016 with an expanded schedule of events creating a weekend-long celebration for all ages. All the favorite features of the Saturday night FireWalk including Bow Thayer, the Iron Guild, St. Andrew’s Pipe Band and the Pyrophone Fire Organ will be returning in 2016. In collaboration with The Granite Museum of Vermont, we are excited to again host RockFire activities at the Museum’s complex in Barre on Friday, June 24. Friday night’s event is designed to be more family friendly, and will include a one-mile long fire lit path leading to 12 stages featuring actors reenacting aspects of Barre’s colorful and dynamic history – details on all the weekend’s lineup can be found here.
Recipient of the “Top 10 Event” Award
RockFire has been honored with the prestigious title of Vermont’s Top Ten Events, for the second year in a row, awarded by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to Eva Sollberger and Seven Days for their 2014 story!
Thanks to Jeb Wallace-Brodeur and Letter10 Creative for their images used throughout the site.
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. In 2014 over 1,000 people attended. 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.”
All proceeds to benefit the Barre Granite Museum, and ongoing efforts to preserve Millstone Hill’s historic quarries.