Join Us at an Event!
Join a wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences taking place throughout 2019. Events will continue to be added, including anniversary week (June 19-23, 2019), so check back regularly.
If you’re interested in including your event as part of Cuyahoga50, please fill out this form.
Also check out the Xtinguish Celebration, including the Torch Fest and Crooked River Conversations.
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 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 20, 2019
Join fellow volunteers in celebrating Earth Day by planting native trees to improve the quality of water in the Cuyahoga River watershed.
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.
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 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 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 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 25, 2019
Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning features three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957), known for his explosion events, gunpowder-ignited paintings, and installations, all using environmentally friendly material. While Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art (2018) was created especially for the exhibition, the other two exhibited works in monochrome and polychrome gunpowder illustrate the artist’s reflections on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water. The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present this exhibition as part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made toward clean water for all.
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.
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 8, 2019
As part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made since toward clean water for all, the Cleveland Museum of Art will present two exhibitions that highlight the impact of human behavior on the environment. Featuring the work of renowned contemporary artist Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Water: Edward Burtynsky draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impact the future of our planet.
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. (Tentatively June 17-20, 2019)
June 20, 2019
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
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 (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.
The Blue Heron Homecoming will be named the "Cuyahoga River Homecoming" this year, and will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations happening all over Northeast Ohio! This is a family event, hands-on-exhibits for kids and adults, free rain barrels, tree giveaway, Eco's Enviro Party, food, entertainment and more!
June 21, 2019 (9:45am-12:00pm)
Cuyahoga SWCD will lead a group bicycle ride from Midtown through Downtown, University Circle and back stopping along the way to highlight the stormwater infrastructure.
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.