Rock the Quarry XII – August 24 and 25

people at event

Food, fun and music at Rock the Quarry

Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, bonfire, antique car show, fire trucks, fun for all ages.

For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

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2012 Schedule of Events


The natural amphitheater-like setting is the backdrop for performances by a variety of bands including Jill West, The Justin Fabus Band, Bill Ali Band, Trainwreck and the Jamie Bruno.  (schedule below.)

band performing on stage

EMJ Band performs at RTQ 2011

Two long-time Pittsburgh favorites will headline the Friday and Saturday night performance schedule:


Dan Hanczar (Acoustic) (5:30 pm)
25th Hour (’80’s/’90’s Rock) (6:30 pm)
Justin Fabus Band (Rock) (7:30 pm)
Bill Ali Band @ 9:00 pm (Classic & Light Rock Favorites)


Friendly Gesture (Hard Rock) (Noon)
Second Empire (Symphonic Metal) (12:55 pm)
Morning After (Indie Alt Rock) (1:50 pm)
Eddie and the Bruisers (Rock) (2:45 pm)
Midlife Crisis (’60s / ’70s Rock) (3:55 pm)
Trainwreck (Rock/Country) (5:25 pm)
Jamie Bruno Band (New Country) (7:15pm)
Jill West and Blues Attack @ 9:00 pm (Blues Favorites)


The Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids. Also appearing both Friday and Saturday will be The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler.

Mr. Science Demonstration (6:00 pm)

Mr. Science Demonstration (2:00 pm)
Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm)
Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)

And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

Free Admission and Parking; Bring a Chair and the Family! Donations Appreciated!

Benefits the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail

Extra Parking in Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.

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