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Good Cheer. Good Cause. Good Beer.
Since 2001, folks from all over the Great Lakes region have come together to remember the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River and celebrate the renewed sense of eco-consciousness the infamous fire sparked. Intended to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem, the annual Burning River Fest features educational exhibits from area environmental groups, fresh food from local farms and eateries, live music and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™!

Proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides resources for the sustainable future of our waterways. Join us at Burning River Fest at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island: help celebrate the “Spirit of Giving” and spark a new level of environmental awareness!

Highlights from 2013's Fest:

  • Over 25 bands and musicians on three stages bringing funk, blues, rock, and more to the shore.
  • Local environmental groups featuring interactive and educational displays for all ages.
  • Fresh, all-natural local food and chef demonstrations, plus handcrafted beer by Great Lakes Brewing Company.
  • Performance artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle
  • A Corporate Boat Float featuring boats made from post-consumer recyclable materials.
  • The most spectacular night time views of Cleveland from a wonderful greenspace right in the heart of Cleveland’s industry.
  • A ceremonial lighting of floating pyres intended to commemorate the efforts to clean up our waterways since the burning of the Cuyahoga.


The strength of the Burning River Fest is the platform on which it is based: celebrating the improvements in Cleveland’s water quality since the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969, being a venue for local non-profit organizations, restaurants and artisans to showcase the excellent work they are doing around the Cleveland area in environmental education and advocacy, and becoming the pre-eminent environmental festival in the nation.