Join Us at an Event!
There are a wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences taking place throughout 2019. Events will continue to be added in the coming months, including anniversary week (June 19-23, 2019).
If you’re interested in including your event as part of Cuyahoga50, please fill out this form.
October 19, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Alexis Rockman, an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, celebrates the natural majesty and global importance of the Great Lakes while exploring how they are threatened by climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl.
January 18, 2019
Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, examines its history, the role Cleveland played, the environmental, social, and economic innovations that resulted from these efforts, and how the lessons learned can help us address emerging threats to our environment.
Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the fire, the City Club will be hosting Igniting the Future, a series of conversations on how the Cuyahoga River fire and its aftermath set the stage for the modern environmental movement.
January 27-30, 2019
This annual event will attract nearly 800 biologists, students, and scientists from local, state and provincial, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies, universities, and private companies across the 12 Midwestern states and provinces. The theme of the meeting is "Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation."
February 1, 2019
Brown bag lunch lecture featuring landscape architect Halina Steiner and Jane Goodman, Director of Cuyahoga River Restoration, discussing opportunities for expanding fish habitat in the Cuyahoga ship channel in ways that also enhance the riverfront landscape for people.
February 2, 2019
Calling all soul sisters and brothers, soldiers and squares! Pull on those funky threads and tear it up at the year’s most out-of-sight gig. Explore protest, revolution, and change through the sounds, grooves, duds, suds, and moves of this pivotal year in which the river burned and the eagle landed.
February 9, 2019 at 8pm
The Akron Symphony presents Debussy's La Mer in concert, in partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center. Echoing the mysteries of the sea, Debussy summons the emotional power and psychological depths of wind and waves. Composer Stella Sung’s seascape introduces a watery dialogue between marine and human life. And Moby Dick rises again in the haunting music of Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite composer.
February 14 – March 2, 2019
Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event, returns to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River in an all-new version. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland's history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways.
February 27, 2019
Join the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Public Theatre at Happy Days Lodge to witness selections from Fire on the Water, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River. Fire on the Water is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland’s history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland’s waterways.
February 28, 2019
A narrative history by Professor David Bernatowicz of how Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River helped spark an environmental revolution in America.
March 1, 2019 (7:00-9:00pm)
How was the Cuyahoga River transformed from a health hazard to the centerpiece of a national park? A panel of experts piece together the 100-year story within Cuyahoga Valley using historic photos, archival documents, and personal memories. Come join the discussion. Moderated by the League of Women Voters Akron Area. Supported by West Creek Conservancy, Xtinguish Celebration, Ohio Humanities and Cleveland Humanities Festival.
March 15, 2019 (8:30-10:00am)
WATER is this month’s CreativeMornings theme, and Cleveland's Chapter of the Global Breakfast Lecture Series is ready with a great talk. Through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program, Lukas Kronawitter is collaborating with The Cleveland Institute of Art Biomimicry professor Doug Paige to advance the concept of “Green Bulkheads”. These allow for healthy living ecosystems to exist in waterways used for industrial transport.
March 16, 2019 (10:00am-4:00pm)
Join us as we put our heads together to solve some of Lake Erie's greatest problems through innovation and technology. Erie Hack teams come together to recruit new team members, get advice from experts, and hone their pitches in prep for Erie Hack, our 100k pitch competition.
March 7-21, 2019
An exhibition of student work from the School of Visual Communication Design's sections of Intro to Typography Spring 2019 classes. This show is a result of the collaboration between the School of Visual Communication Design, Wick Poetry Center and the Office of Sustainability. It is a celebration of Earth Month at Kent State and aims to promote awareness of the 50th anniversary of the burning of the Cuyahoga River. Opening Reception March 7 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Taylor Hall VCD Gallery. Exhibition on display from March 7 - 21 during Taylor Hall VCD Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p. m.
March 13-May 11, 2019 (9 workshops at various locations)
Join us at 9 workshops across the city as we create a city wide banner project. By dyeing squares of cotton in Indigo, you will learn a new art process, take a piece home, and a piece will be sewn into a banner with hundreds of others. The banners will hang from the Detroit Superior Bridge in downtown Cleveland on June 22.
March 15-April 22, 2019
The Cleveland Institute of Art is showcasing student work from across 15 majors focused on the role of artists and designers in protecting water and the environment.
March 16-17, 2019 (7:00pm start)
More than 15 local poets have written about the Cuyahoga River Fire from different perspectives: personal, environmental, and political. Their amazing words will be performed by three professional actors under the direction of Chennelle Bryant-Harris. The event is free, with a reception afterwards with the poets, performers and director.
March 20-21, 2019
The Environmental Science and Design Symposium is a multidisciplinary forum that promotes the exchange of ideas related to the resiliency of natural and built systems. This year’s theme, “Complexity of Environmental Legacies”, reflects the challenges of developing sustainable systems in landscapes transformed by decades of modification and contamination. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines (fashion, geology, geography, architecture, and ecology) will address topics related to urban, sustainability, restoration, and the integration of design with biological systems.
March 22, 2019 (12:00-1:30pm)
While two African-American men (Mayor Carl Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes) played a role in the advent of the modern environmental movement, since that time, communities of color have received little visibility in the mainstream movement's progression while being disproportionately affected by environmental risks including soil and water contamination, pollution, and lead poisoning.
How did we get here? What's being done to make environmental policies become more inclusive? How can the environmental movement become reflective of the people its fighting for?
March 22, 2019 (5:30-8:30 pm)
Consider how geography and natural landscape continues to shape our diversity. Enjoy food, crooked river brews, special libations, and live music! This event is part of the 2019 Cleveland Humanities Festival that is exploring the theme of "Nature" from a variety of humanistic perspectives.
March 23, 2019 (12:00-4:00pm)
We are "Leaving No One Behind" as we travel the blue planet in this annual family-friendly fest. Grab your passport and explore why our human right to clean water matters worldwide. Try traditional crafts, listen to folk music, and enjoy ethnic food tastings. Free wagon rides and parking shuttle provided. In partnership with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and West Creek Conservancy.
March 27-April 7, 2019
April 2, 2019 (9-11am)
Drinking and waste water agencies experience two trends: retirement of managers from the “baby boomer” generation; and “smart” technology innovation that is changing operations. What are the strategies in place to manage “smart” water systems in a “smart” way to ensure best management practices? Regional experts explore these issues.
April 2, 2019 (5:00-7:30pm)
Author of the acclaimed The Soil Will Save Us, Kristin combines culinary and science in a tale of farmers and foodies who heal our soil and save our water. Includes riveting short films about family farmers, vintners and ranchers as part of Carbon Nation, the award-winning series by director and University of Arizona professor Peter Byck.
Following Kristin’s talk, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Peter Bode from the West Creek Conservancy. The panelists include: Justin Husher (Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District), Steven Larson (Urban Farmer), Nathan Lutz (Rust Belt Riders).
April 6, 2019 (1:00-5:00pm)
Come hear local innovators pitch their ideas to solve Lake Erie's most pressing problems! Cleveland Erie Hack teams will compete for a chance to advance in the competition to win a portion of 100k during the Cuyahoga50 celebration week.
April 10, 2019 (5:30-8:00pm)
Join Sustainable Cleveland 2019 for its Spring Meetup at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room! This will be a great opportunity to network with other sustainability leaders, support the culmination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, and connect with Cuyahoga50 to mark the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire.
This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in sustainability in Cleveland. There will be a cash bar and complimentary light snacks.
April 11 - June 27
Remove invasive vegetation and improve habitat for native plants and animals in the Cuyahoga River watershed. Dates include April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 13, June 22, and June 27. All from 1–3:30 p.m, except June 22 (9-11:30am). Location is given upon registration.
April 17, 2019 (12:00-2:30pm)
Cleveland’s environmental history is a story worth telling, for while it’s had trials, the community has triumphed over environmental injustices. The Cuyahoga River is much healthier than fifty years ago. Parks have reclaimed abandoned, polluted land. But there’s still a lot of work for the community to do to revitalize the city. This event will help law students and attorneys engage with issues of environmental injustice throughout Cleveland and beyond.
April 20, 2019 (10:00am-5:00pm)
Don’t miss Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s exciting Earth Day event, Party for the Planet! Visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, April 20 beginning at 10 a.m. for a daylong conservation celebration. Meet animal keepers, view animal enrichment demonstrations, check out the vendor village and electric vehicle display, enjoy a dance party and experience hands-on activities to help connect with the natural world.
April 23, 2019 (2-4pm)
Think the 1969 fire was the only one? With the Crooked River Contrasts exhibit as a backdrop, learn the fascinating history of fifteen major fires along the Cuyahoga River, and the battles to extinguish the misconceptions about the river. You’ll also learn more about the wonderful new Fire Museum, all from Paul Nelson, Western Reserve Fire Museum Historian.
This event is sponsored by Xtinguish Celebration, West Creek Conservancy and Ohio Humanities.
On and Around April 26, 2019
A number of partners are hosting Arbor Day events on and around April 26th, from sapling giveaways and tree plantings to info sessions and a Toast to Trees. Join us as we celebrate trees and their vital role in cleaning our water.
April 26-28, 2019
The Xtinguish Celebration is a series of events to help commemorate the progress made since the infamous 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. The incorporation of this project expands the conversations around the Cuyahoga River into the film community. All of the films for this special competition must take place in, on, or somehow feature the Cuyahoga River! Will your voice be heard? This competition will take place on the weekend of April 26th-28th with a very special screening showcase of the films on May 31st at moCa Cleveland.
April 29 - May 10
The Yellow Creek Foundation’s mission is to advocate, to protect and to restore water quality, habitats and the beauty of the Yellow Creek Watershed. They are partnering on a series of events, including a Pest to Pesto at D'Agnese's on White Pond (begins April 29), a presentation at the Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability to mark the 50th (May 8), and a benefit concert at Musica in Akron (May 10).
May 2, 2019 (6:00-8:00pm)
An event showcasing work submitted by Tri-C students in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire. Student submissions will interpret a sustainability-related change (or metamorphosis) meaningful to them — something environmental, social and/or economic. Submissions may call attention to positive or negative changes.
May 6-8, 2019
The Council of the Great Lakes Region’s (CGLR) fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum brings together hundreds of leading industry executives, senior government officials and policy experts, academics, and change agents from the nonprofit sector who have a stake in growing the economy of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region, safely and sustainably, and improving the well-being of the Region’s citizens.
May 7, 2019 (4pm)
The theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is “An Environment for Success,” representing the collective effort by the foundation and its many committed donors and partners to set the stage for success and opportunity in the arts, our economy, through our schools, in our neighborhoods and in the physical environment we call home. The meeting will feature a keynote lecture by Bill Nye. Perhaps best known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, he is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.
May 11, 2019 (10:00am-4:00pm)
Take a free, guided tour of a water treatment plant and enjoy family-friendly activities at Cleveland Water's annual open house in celebration of Drinking Water Week. This event is a fun and educational opportunity to learn how water gets from Lake Erie to your home.
May 11, 2019
Join us for Northeast Ohio's largest "done in a day" clean-up of the Cuyahoga River corridor. We clean up to help bring awareness to areas that will one day become a future trail and/or park. There are 10 clean-up sites so you can decide on the most convenient location. Gloves, bags and a signature frog art RiverSweep tee will be provided. Stay after the clean-up for the free celebratory luncheon at Hart Crane Park.
May 14 - June 15
Join the Cleveland Foundation for several FredWalksCLE events that highlight the natural spaces that nourish and sustain our region. These events lead up to Common Ground on June 30th.
May 15 - August 20
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is hosting a wide variety of events this summer, including:
June 13: The Cuyahoga Valley’s complex ecosystem is home to an outstanding array of birds. Learn about some of these habitats and the fantastic birds you can discover.
July 16: Arrye Rosser, League of Women Voters Natural Resources Chair, presents the success and progress of the Cuyahoga river today.
July 18: Learn the best places to kayak in Summit and Cuyahoga Counties, what kind of equipment you’ll need and a bit about the history (and exciting future) of the Cuyahoga River.
August 20: Elaine Marsh, watershed specialist with the Summit Metro Parks, discusses the conditions that led to a century of river fires, the consequences, and the river’s remarkable recovery.
May 16, 2019 (7:30-10:00am)
This session will look at the lake and the river today. We'll talk about everything from algal blooms, developing new technology, and stormwater management to preserve our water supply. And we'll celebrate the progress we've made over the last five decades.
May 18, 2019 (all day… and night)
Spend some time with the Cuyahoga and its watershed. There will be festivities, peaceful paddling, and lots to do along the river, up in its tributaries, and along the lakefront. Get to know the river and its watershed up close and personal. Check the schedule of events at www.crookedriverday.org.
RiverNight (6:30-9:30pm at GAR Hall in Peninsula) is the River Day nightcap. Whether you paddled, hiked, pulled weeds, picked up trash, floated down the lazyish river, or spent the day wishing you were doing those things (okay, maybe not the trash part), come join the fun, enjoy some great music, eat a little, drink a little, bid on some cool stuff, and maybe win a weekend getaway. It's all to benefit Cuyahoga River Restoration. No fire, just fish and fun.
May 18, 2019 (10am-1pm)
Do you want to make a lasting impact on the environment in Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Join us for River Day, and help to improve the ecosystem of your national park. By helping the park's habitat restoration efforts, you will help improve soil quality, restore native plants, and reduce stormwater run-off.
May 19, 2019 (4-7pm)
Join the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park when they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at Happy Days Lodge. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.
May 21, 2019 (9:00am-5:00pm)
This one-day event will feature industry experts and local leaders presenting on emerging green roof and wall research, the importance of green infrastructure policy and initiatives in Northeast Ohio, and advanced topics in green roofs and walls such as design for maximizing stormwater benefits, and valuing the benefits of green roofs. There will also be a small trade show component for local green roof/wall companies, and an interactive panel discussion on northeast Ohio policy and research requirements.
May 22, 2019 (5:00-7:30pm)
Enjoy a evening of conversation, fun and food presented by the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, West Creek Conservancy, Ohio Humanities and Xtinguish. We’ll discuss clean water innovations and tech, explore the meaning of “Blue Economy” and learn how commerce and stewardship can be combined. Featuring David Grunenwald (Jacobs Investments), Bryan Stubbs (Cleveland Water Alliance), and William D. Friedman (Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority). RSVP by May 17 to Mary Grodek, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 23, 2019 (4-6pm)
Professor John Hartig, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, will discuss past and current research on restoration Areas of Concern rivers in the Great Lakes basin. A local panel will respond concerning the Cuyahoga River.
May 28, 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)
Presented by West Creek Conservancy and the US Bartenders Guild, and sponsored by Cantera Negra Tequila, May 28th will be the official date to designate the Xtinguish Crooked Cocktail for the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire. It will be featured throughout the year at numerous venues and events. The top 3 cocktails (including the People’s Choice chosen by you!) will come back on June 22nd for a “finals” competition, as part of the Xtinguish Village effort at Rivergate Park, in parallel with Cuyahoga50. This competition will take place on the Putzfrau working boat (the first boat to clean up our river) and will require an element of fire! join this historic event and we will see you at "The Bar".
May 29, 2019 (7:00pm start)
This event is part of the Cleveland History Stories series the Music Box does in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland Metroparks historical interpreter Doug Kusak plans to address all the hype about the fire and ignite a discussion about the real history and impact it had on Cleveland.
May 31, 2019 (7-11pm)
Watch all of the films created as a part of the 48HFP: Xtinguish Celebration at moCa Cleveland! This premiere event will be FREE to attend, but with limited seating. There are TWO different screening times for the evening, at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. We will also be unveiling the flaming Crooked Cocktail, the official drink of this year's Xtinguish Celebration! moCa's cash bar will be open for the evening.
June 1-2, 2019
The Friends of Euclid Creek with the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Painting workshop for adults and families (one barrel per family). Cost is $60.00 for a rain barrel, downspout kit, and painting supplies; there will be food and live music.
June 2, 2019 (11:30am-4:00pm)
Join PHASTAR Corporation for a wonderful June brunch at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl with featured speaker Chad Pregracke, a recipient of CNN’s Hero of the Year Award (2013) who has received international acclaim for his efforts to clean up America’s rivers. The event will be held outdoors under a gorgeous, open-air tent with breathtaking views of Lake Erie. Limited ticket availability.
June 4 and August 6 at 11:00 am; July 10 and September 4 at 6:00 pm
Clarissa von Spee, Chair of Asian art and James and Donna Reid curator of Chinese art, leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.
June 5-7, 2019
The Green Marine team presents GreenTech 2019, a must for everyone involved or interested in maritime transportation and its greater sustainability through greener technologies, innovation, and best practices in the maritime industry.
June 7, 2019 (4pm and 7pm)
At 4pm at the Wick Poetry Center, enjoy poetry readings from Ohio poets, including Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas, and poems from local school students. Then, beginning at 7pm at the School of Architecture and Design, Jim White (former Exec. Dir. of Cuyahoga River RAP) will present the gains made since 1969 and the aims needed to delist the Cuyahoga River as an Area of Concern (AOC).
June 8, 2019 (10am-4pm)
For 30 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been bringing this FREE signature summer event to Greater Cleveland. University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools, and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats.
This year’s theme is Mythology of Illusion. A city or a region establishes its own mythology. The burning of the Cuyahoga River is part of Cleveland’s.
June 10, 2019 (doors open 5:30pm, starts 7pm)
Lake Erie may be the smallest by volume and the shallowest of the Great Lakes, but it is also the most biologically productive, and its watershed the most populated. Agriculture, urbanization, and industrialization draw people to live and work by the water’s edge, but they also contribute to many of the environmental problems facing the lake. Making matters worse, changing climatic conditions are exacerbating some of these problems and creating economic and public health concerns.
This month's discussion will delve into the science behind some of the most pressing issues facing Lake Erie and the Great Lakes, and offer insights into how society can work to address them. Scott Hardy and Sarah Orlando, experts from the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, will lead a lively discussion. Sponsored by CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.
June 17-20, 2019
The Cleveland Print Room, through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion, is hosting a river walk along the Cuyahoga River led by Ojibwe elder, Sharon Day. The water walk will begin at the Cuyahoga’s headwaters and end four days later, in a process in which Day leads a group that carries sacred river water to the mouth of the Cuyahoga where it is emptied into Lake Erie. Watch for community meetings around town if you are interested in joining the walk or call 216 802-9441.
June 18, 2019 (12-1pm)
Climate change threatens our nation's oceans, lakes, and waterways. Cleveland, home to Lake Erie which constitutes one-fifth of the world's largest freshwater source, is in a unique position. As regions across the country grapple with drought and water scarcity coupled with an increased frequency of extreme weather events, could they look to Lake Erie and the Great Lakes as a solution to their water problems? The management of the Great Lakes water supply is protected by the Great Lakes Compact, an agreement between the eight states that border the Great Lakes and signed into law in 2008. However, is it enough?
Join City Club in Public Square for a fantastic panel discussion, moderated by Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer at ideastream.
June 18, 2019 (4:30-6:30pm)
Cleveland 2030 District and the NEO Region USGBC chapter host a walking tour of the Cuyahoga River. Jane Goodman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga River Restoration, leads a tour starting and ending at Merwin's Wharf. You'll learn more about the history of the river, the great work that's been done to restore it, it's condition today and what next steps are necessary to continue the great progress that has been made. Also learn about Thunderbird - the new development plans for the area including a mixed-use neighborhood and an expansion for Great Lakes Brewing. The tour is free but a donation is welcome.
June 19-22, 2019
A 100-mile passing of the torch along the Cuyahoga River, beginning at the Headwaters (June 19) with a Native American water blessing and culminating in Cleveland (June 22) at Rivergate Park. Along the way enjoy arts/culture/music fests in Kent, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
June 19, 2019 (3pm)
Come be part of the live audience!
The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Cuyahoga River 50 Years After Fire
Sailing on the Goodtime III
Buy your tickets here. Tickets are $20, enter discount code SOI5 to get $5 off.
June 12 -August 21 (6-8pm)
Enjoy a FREE concert on Wade Oval in the heart of University Circle. Food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are all family-friendly. Bring a picnic or purchase delicious treats from vendors on site. Select museums are open late on Wednesdays.
June 19, 2019 (6-8pm)
Dr. Sherri Mason’s groundbreaking research on microbead plastic contaminants in the Great Lakes has led governments and manufacturers around the world to ban microbeads, small plastics that are a major pollutant in our water. While ending the use of microbeads is an important first step, much more needs to be done to protect our health and environment. Join us for this community event, free and open to all!
June 21-23, 2019
Join the Cleveland Institute of Art for Reclaim the River, an interactive model for innovative urban design aimed at improving fish habitats and water quality in the Cuyahoga River. Meet the designers and learn how sustainable design can improve the health of our river. Times include June 21 (3-5pm), June 22 (10am-4pm), and June 23 (12-4pm).
June 22, 2019 (11am-3pm)
Come and view the Never, Ever Give Up - CLE public art installation filled with anonymous stories from folks in Northeast Ohio all answering the question: What is the hardest thing you ever had to do? In response, write a Letter of Hope and drop it in our bright yellow mailbox.
June 22, 2019 (11:00am-12:30pm)
Join us on the bank of the once-burning river to celebrate 50 years of progress. We will host emcee Dan Moulthrop of The City Club and #Cuyahoga50 partners to mark the anniversary of the 1969 river fire and enjoy our #RiverReborn. Live remarks from state and local officials, a dedication and tour of critical Cuyahoga River infrastructure, a groundbreaking for the 4th leg of the Towpath Trail, plus ice cream and live music for all. Free event and free parking.
June 22, 2019 (2pm)
The Foundry is pleased to welcome Dr. John Hartig, a Fulbright Scholar whose research focuses on cleanup of the Great Lakes. Dr. Hartig will delve into how public outcry over the 1969 Cuyahoga river fire catalyzed river cleanup locally and nationally, and helped to revitalize the Flats.
June 22, 2019 (2-6pm)
The Cleveland Foundation, Land Studio and Cleveland Print Room will host an afternoon opening of native Cleveland photographer, Sophie Schwartz's exhibition, Bridged. Schwartz's Creative Fusion project will use the notion of a bridge to lead her exploration of the Cuyahoga River. As she juxtaposes her photographic survey of existing structures and those who use them, she melds and recontextualizes the past and present to inform a larger historical perspective. Come create cyanotype prints with the Cleveland Museum of Art's Studio Go truck and take home your blue photographic images during this FREE event.
June 22, 2019 (9:30-11:00pm)
Decorate your boats and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire with a boat parade from Whiskey Island to Merwin’s Wharf. 50+ decorated parade boats will meet in the Cleveland Harbor near Whiskey Island at 8:30 p.m. and parade up the river at dusk. Boats will turn around by Merwin’s Wharf and the Columbus Road bridge. The round trip will take about 1 1/2 hours. Parade participants will receive a commemorative burgee. Also boats will be judged within their respective class to receive a show award.
The boat parade can be viewed from the subway level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, Burning River Fest, Nautica, and along the East and West Banks!
June 23, 2019 (10am-12pm)
Join us for Drink Local. Drink Tap for a cleanup of Perkins Beach at Cleveland Metroparks' Edgewater Park. They provide gloves, bags, buckets and trash grabbers, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and bringing a water bottle (local tap is the best!).
June 23, 2019 (12-5pm)
As part of the celebration of Sustainable Cleveland’s Cuyahoga50 at North Coast Harbor, Great Lakes Science Center will offer FREE general admission to all guests from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, courtesy of ArcelorMittal.
June 23, 2019 (12-5pm)
Join us as we celebrate Cleveland, water and sustainability. With activities spanning both the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there is something for everyone. Interact with local organizations, participate in science activities, and network with those that share your passion for sustainability. Live musical performances by Hey Mavis and The Labra Brothers.
June 26, 2019
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang joins David Stradling, co-author of "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland," for a lively discussion of Cai’s art and social and environmental matters in the context of the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning – which features a painting created in reference to Cleveland’s infamous 1969 Cuyahoga River fire. Moderated by Phillip Dodd, award-winning BBC broadcaster and former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Free; ticket required.
July 11-14, 2019
You will not want to miss this rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. Enjoy some of the finest festival foods, craft beers, music, street performers and reenactments. Enjoy three full days of family fun, amusement and recreation.
July 28, 2019 (12-4pm)
Due to the extreme popularity of our Cleveland History Days’ event, we will reprise this casual, 14-mile tour -- riding legally in small groups lead by LAB-certified instructors -- with interpretive stops at current and historical points of interest including sites of river fires. Helmets (required) and bike rental available. Pre-registration only.
July 31 - August 22
Thursday, August 8th the Friends of Euclid Creek will present the Lake Erie Speakers Series at the Beachwood Community Center. The event will feature:
Fredrick Vincent of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, will speak on the "Deep Tunnel Project".
Chris Winslow, Director of the Ohio State University Stone Lab, will speak on "How Activities on Land Affect Lake Erie"; and,
Dr. Robert Brand, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, will speak on "Safe Consumption of Fish from Lake Erie".
From July 31 to August 22nd, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Speakers Series, the Friends of Euclid Creek, the City of Beachwood and the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project will be presenting a creative art show of painted rain barrels, photography, paintings, and much more, all on the theme of Nature at the Beachwood Community Center. An artists' reception will be held on Sunday, August 4th. The rain barrels on display will be available for sale by silent auction during the run of the exhibit, with the proceeds going to support programming by the Friends of Euclid Creek. Admission to all of these events is free, and light refreshments and desserts will be served.
August 15, 2019 (6-9pm)
Join Museum naturalists for a late summer, evening cruise along the Cuyahoga River. We’ll board the Holiday at scenic collision bend in the Flats. We’ll watch for birds, dragonflies and other signs of nature. Our excursion will take us up river to see the Cuyahoga’s many bridges, as well as a trip down the abandoned Cuyahoga River channel. Appetizers and one drink ticket included. Cash bar available.
Members: $65; nonmembers: $80. Limit 40.