Xtinguish the Past, Ignite the Future

Xtinguish Celebration is an immersion into the culture of the Cuyahoga River Watershed. We are working with over 300 organizations, municipalities, agencies, and corporate partners to highlight the unique nature of Northeast Ohio.

Being the regional commemoration of the 50th year of revitalization of our Cuyahoga River, bringing the entire watershed in solidarity around our shared waterway, this partnership has a unique opportunity to give voice to some that historically would not have been given that chance otherwise.

This is OUR conversation, YOUR chance to have your voice heard. Will you join us in celebrating our unique region? Our home? Our Cuyahoga River?

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!

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!

Upcoming Events

Crooked River Contrast Exhibits

April – December

The Cuyahoga River watershed’s premier travelling photography and interactive media exhibit. With 12 locations throughout northeast Ohio. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Click here to view the schedule.

Click here to view details about the exhibit at Summit Artspace, which runs through May 18th. 

Crooked River Chronicles (Dialogue Series)

Crooked River Conversations: River Fires and Fire Boats

Date: Tuesday, April 23rd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, First Floor Gallery, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

Speaker: Paul Nelson, Western Reserve Fire Museum Historian

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!

This event is sponsored by Xtinguish Celebration, West Creek Conservancy and Ohio Humanities.

48 Hour Film Project

April 26 – 28

The 48HFP: XTINGUISH Filmmaking Weekend takes place April 26th through 28th.

This is an unofficial but fun competition that will follow the same basic rules as the 48 Hour Film Project — you’ll have 48 hours to make your film using a genre, character, prop, and line that aren’t revealed until Kickoff.

But the twist for this special competition is that all films must be shot in, on, around, or otherwise feature the Cuyahoga River!

Click here to register