Sat 5/20 @ 8 AM-5 PM
The annual RiverDay, put on across the area by the Friends of the Crooked River, seeks to celebrate and maintain the Cuyahoga River. “Cuyahoga,” indeed, means “crooked river” in the language of the native tribes. (And you thought it meant “white man here will never win football championship and will help send bad medicine to White House.”)
While some stretches of the Cuyahoga River, undulating as far south as Akron and Portage County, will be worked over by volunteer cleanup teams, many of the activities are festive, fun and educational in nature. The biggest is in Kent, a full-blown river festival with live music, a Coast Guard ship, wildlife, a seedling giveaway, bike demos and canoe rentals.
In Cleveland, you can gather at the Whiskey Island area for a history walk. There are pond tours in Twinsburg, hikes at the Fairlawn Nature Center, and discount RiverDay admission at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Most of the activities are free or carry a small charge. Some require reservations.