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.
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 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.
March 1, 2019 - 7:00pm-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 – April 2019
Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival will explore the theme of "Nature" from a variety of humanistic perspectives
May 11, 2019
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 29, 2019
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.
June 21 – 22, 2019
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 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
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 30, 2019
Common Ground is a day of community conversation. On June 30, residents, neighbors, families and organizations across the region will host a mealtime conversation about the future of our shared home. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin.