Cuyahoga River Celebrations

5th Annual Edith Chase Symposium:

Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River


June 7, 4:00-8:30 Kent, OH

This program will open sixteen days of commemorations across the North Coast, of the 50th Anniversary of the fire near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The Symposium will include poetry contributions from across the region, recognition of local environmental projects accomplished by community groups and individuals, and an evening lecture given my James White, former executive director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization when the Remedial Action Plan and Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority. The Poetry Reading to celebrate Ohio’s Crooked River with selected poetry readings will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday Afternoon at the Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University. The presentation titled “Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River will begin at 7pm at KSU’s Cene Lecture Hall.

29th Annual Kent River Days Festival


May 18th  Haymaker Farmers Market 9AM to 1PM

Explore family friendly activities, children’s art, environmental & historical displays, aquatic animals, Macroinvertebrate Detecting and stewardship opportunities. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be sharing safe boating “hands on” demonstrations and water fun awareness. Learn about the watershed restoration and ways to explore Kent’s hike, bike, historical and water trails. FREE native tree seedlings & milkweed seeds!

Cuyahoga 50


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.

Xtinguish Celebration


Crooked River Conversations

A Year-Long Series

These are 18 unique conversations through pieces of culture. They consist of “Crooked Segments” and range from Culinary, to fine arts, to recreation, and science. Join the conversation, express your voice!


Torch Fest

June 19th through June 22nd

Celebrating along the Cuyahoga River Water Trail! Join the regional commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the famed 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire as our waterway comes together in solidarity around our shared waterway!

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The first stop on the Xtinguish Torch Fest

City of Kent

Main Street Bridge by Franklin Mills Riveredge Park

The first Festival in the series is held in beautiful Downtown Kent! This event will include an arts/cultural/music fest, a “passing of the torch” ceremony with local officials and River Stewards, the installation and dedication of a commemorative Eternal Flame on the river, and the showcasing of this destination along the Cuyahoga River Water Trail! Partnered with WICK Poetry Center and Kent State University.

Presented by City of Kent

June 20th at 4:00 PM