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 Economy

Date: Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St, Cleveland OH

Enjoy an evening of conversation, fun and food presented by the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, West Creek Conservancy, Ohio Humanities and Xtinguish, celebrating 50 years of Cuyahoga River recovery.

We’ll discuss clean water innovations and tech, explore the meaning of “Blue Economy” and learn how commerce and stewardship can be combined.

Featuring special guests:

  • Paul Ertel, General Manager, Jacobs Investments
  • Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director and President, Cleveland Water Alliance
  • William D. Friedman, President & CEO, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

Click here to register

Crooked Cocktail Competition

Create a Cocktail Inspired by the Cuyahoga!

Create “The Crooked Cocktail” during our semi-finals. The cocktail will be featured at Torchfest events throughout 2019. Submissions are due by May 21st and the competition will be held on May 28th. Prizes are available and the top three finishers move on to the finals!

The final competition requires participants to create “The Xtinguish Cocktail” and it must contain an element of fire. The final competition will take place on June 22nd aboard the Putzfrau at the finale of the Xtinguish Festival at Rivergate Park. First, second and third place prizes are available.

Click here to learn more.

Presented by West Creek Conservancy and Cantera Negra

48 Hour Film Project

May 31

The 48Hour Film Project: Xtinguish Film Showcase at moCa Cleveland on May 31st.

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!

Filming took place April 26 – 28. Join us as we view the films. More details here