June 19-23, 2019
On Saturday, June 22, 2019, the nation’s eyes will turn toward Cleveland as we mark the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire. This anniversary is so important, one day won’t do it justice. From Wednesday, June 19th through Sunday, June 23rd, dozens of partners are coming together to host the largest series of clean water events in the country. See below for the latest event listings and CLICK HERE for the full event guide.
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 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 19, 2019 (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 19, 2019 (6-8pm)
Cleveland Foundation, Land Studio and Cleveland Print Room will host a preview for the opening reception of native Cleveland photographer Sophie Schwartz's, “Bridged” exhibition. Schwartz's 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. This event is FREE and open to the public.
June 19, 2019 (8-11pm)
Be among the first to see Squidsoup’s immersive lighting installations, entitled Ascendance and Cuyahoga Flow. Additionally, Cleveland's Praxis Fiber Workshop will be hanging three indigo-dyed banners from the bridge, produced through a series of community dye workshops. The preview event is free, but reservations are required. All visitors to the bridge should wear flat shoes. You’ll need to bring a legal form of ID and sign a waiver to enter the streetcar level of the bridge. Entry for the June 19 event is on the east (Downtown) side on W Superior Avenue, near the Settler's Landing stop on the RTA Waterfront Line (see map).
June 20, 2019 (starts 7pm)
Cleveland Foundation, PechaKucha Night Cleveland and LAND studio will host Global PechaKucha Night: Waterways, a groundbreaking event featuring thought leaders and activists from around the globe. The PechaKucha format is fast-paced and engaging, with each presentation consisting of 20 slides timed to 20 seconds of speaking time per slide. This will be the 34th PechaKucha Night in Cleveland, and the first to feature nationally and internationally renowned experts in addition to local presenters.
June 20, 2019 (7:30pm)
An evening of Neo Soul and Jazz on the river with Grammy Award nominee Eric Roberson, featuring percussionist Elec Simon and friends. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Burning presented by The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
June 20, 2019 (11am-6pm)
Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition designed to generate innovative technology solutions, or “hacks,” that address the Lake Erie Basin’s most pressing problems. This program leverages the expertise of researchers, designers, engineers, developers and creatives across the region to activate, cultivate and accelerate these hacks. June 20th will mark the Erie Hack Final and Innovation Summit which will combine the awarding of $100K in prizes to top performing teams with keynote speakers and panels on topics of water innovation.
June 21, 2019 (8:30am-5:00pm)
The Lead Safe Home Summit will convene caregivers, residents, landlords, advocates and local elected officials to learn about lead poisoning in our community and help build the path to a lead-safe Cleveland. Registration will open at 8:30am.
June 21, 2019 (12:00-1:30pm)
Fifty years after the last fire, the Cuyahoga River is alive again due to concerted federal and local efforts to clean up our waters, air, and land. However, the nation now faces unprecedented environmental challenge, all made worse by accelerating climate change. Many of these challenges, while very real, are less visible than the dramatic image of water catching fire. Environmental threats coupled with rising socioeconomic inequality — if not reversed — will profoundly affect Americans for generations to come. Despite widespread alarm and action being taken at many levels, the science tells us that we must do much more, and quickly.
Three panelists will debate the past, present, and future of environmental policy, including:
David W. Orr, Ph.D., Oberlin College
Shanelle L. Smith, The Trust for Public Land
Christine Todd Whitman, Former Administrator, U.S. EPA, and 50th Governor of New Jersey
June 21-30, 2019
Cleveland’s history is America’s history. Predicted for greatness by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. A city founded on the shores of Lake Erie. Shaped by a crooked Cuyahoga River that defined its identity and grew its wealth. A wealth fueled by the many immigrant groups that settled here. It is a city that emerged from the Gilded Age as a leader in policy and programs, building not only a great city but a greater civilization. This same river would catch fire on a hot summer day in June of 1969. It became a poster child of a national movement to save the environment. Today, industrial freighters share a clean Cuyahoga River with wildlife and recreational watercraft. Cleveland is writing a new chapter in its comeback story.
Cleveland History Days kicks off on Friday, June 21st with a short opening ceremony at Burning River Fest and concludes, followed by a wide variety of events.
June 21, 2019 (5:00-9:00pm)
Ethiopian photographer and photojournalist Micheal Tsegaye is the Cleveland Print Room’s Creative Fusion International Artist-In-Residence for this project. Tsegaye will transform the Cleveland Print Room Gallery into the Cuyahoga River and its crooked bends from aerial photos and images from the riverbed.
June 21, 2019 (9:30am-12:00pm)
Join the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District for a bicycle tour of stormwater infrastructure. Meet at 3311 Perkins Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 at 9:30am. Tour leaves at 10:00am after a brief orientation and cursory bike mechanical check. The tour will head east toward University Circle. Stops include: pervious pavers, underground infiltration systems, stream relocation/restoration, soil remediation, bio-retention, and more. The route will cover approximately 10 miles on city streets with minor elevation changes.
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle. Bike support will not be available. For more information please contact Brent Eysenbach at 216-524-6580 x1011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21, 2019
A ceremonial torch traveling the length of the river will make a stop in CVNP! We will salute efforts to restore the river in the park with song, poetry, and the unveiling of a new statue. We will also celebrate the progress in creating a water trail. Please arrive early as parking is limited.
June 21-22, 2019 (6:00-11:00pm)
The Great Lakes Burning River Fest returns for its 18th year of music, beer, and community at one of the most beautiful waterfront locations in Cleveland. All proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation, which is dedicated to improving, maintaining and celebrating the vitality of our regional freshwater resources.
June 21-24, 2019
River Rally is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders from across the United States and the world who care about rivers and water issues.
June 22, 2019
Blazing Paddles is a stand-up paddleboard race, canoe & kayak celebration of how far the Cuyahoga River has come since the 1969 fire. The paddleboard race will have two distances - 5.7 miles and 2 miles. Canoe and kayak float course is still in process.
June 22, 2019 (8:00am-12:00pm)
A water-focused festival with a 1-mile walk/4-mile race and interactive and educational games for both adults and children. 100% of the proceeds of the event will be used for projects to provide safe water to those in need in east Africa.
June 22, 2019 (12pm-5pm)
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River burning for the last time at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Enjoy an afternoon of make-and-take crafts, games, and informational displays focused on being good stewards of our natural resources.
June 22, 2019 (10am-11pm)
Join Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, and many other partners for the annual Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway tour. This free, self-guided tour allows visitors to experience the original streetcar station and tracks, as well as unique views of the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie, and downtown Cleveland. The event will feature a special immersive, color-changing light exhibition designed by internationally-renowned Squidsoup. There will be food trucks, plenty of family-friendly activities, a series of films, and dozens of information tables.
Be mindful that there is NO PARKING available at the site of the tour, and limited street parking on both the east and west side entrances. Alternatives include Drop Off Zones (2433 Superior Viaduct and corner of West 10th St. and Superior Ave.), RTA, and Bicycling. A release form must be signed for anyone who enters the bridge and a valid ID is required for entrance. Details: http://bit.ly/30jR5xA
June 22, 2019 (10am-5pm)
Rivergate Park serves as a major hub for the Cuyahoga50 celebration, with tons of recreation and family-friendly activities both on land and on the river. On land, experience games, food trucks, beer garden (thanks to Great Lakes Brewing Company for your support), and live entertainment from DJ Blackfire and Broken English. There will also be a Metroparks Family Zone at Merwin’s Wharf, the culmination of the Xtinguish Torch Fest, and special guest speakers.
On the Cuyahoga River, enjoy the Blazing Paddles Paddleboard, Kayak, and Canoe Paddlefest, Cleveland Rowing Foundation's Summer Rowing League Regatta, and the Cuyahoga50 Public Float. The historic photo op for all you paddlers will be at 1:00pm!
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 (4:00-9:30pm)
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
Experience a unique farmers market with local music and artists along the thriving Cuyahoga River on the West Bank of the Flats. Shop from a wide range of vendors including Railway Barbershop, Witzi’s Granola, Stone Eagle Farms, Bold Pickin’, Gaughan Bee Dancin’, Wild Iris, Ashley’s Floral, Back Attack Snacks, Pope’s Kitchen, Cleveland Fresh, Yellow House Cheese, and more! The Cuyahoga50 Lighted Boat Parade will immediately follow Farmers Market Fest.
June 22, 2019 (7:30-10:30pm)
TICKETED EVENT (Tickets available at nauticaqueen.com)
Be a part of the Cuyahoga50 Lighted Boat Parade with the Nautica Queen and Cruzan Rum for this special cruise (21+). Enjoy green and blue specialty drinks onboard as we recognize the progress our city has made to establish a “green city on a blue lake”. Includes: 1 comp specialty drink, Cruzan swag bag, buffet dinner and music.
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!