CUYAHOGA FALLS -- The Downtown Riverfront will be filled with the sound of music as Bebop on the Block, a jazz and craft cocktail event, kicks off a summer of Friday events on June 16.

The event, which will take place at the city's amphitheater and pavilion at Falls River Square from 5-11 p.m., is part of a series presented by the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Western Reserve Hospital and Cascade Auto Group, according to a news release from the city.

Falls River Square is located at Broad Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway.

"We are thrilled to bring the riverfront to life through the Falls Downtown Friday event series," stated Mayor Don Walters. "Our kick-off event, Bebop on the Block, is an opportunity for residents and visitors to gather in a public space to celebrate our phenomenal local businesses, artists, and entertainers."

According to Walters, Falls resident, community advocate, and Falls Better Block co-chair Getta Kutuchief was asked to chair the Bebop on the Block event along with other residents and community partners, and she was "thrilled" to return, the mayor said.

"I am passionate about Cuyahoga Falls and helping to capitalize on the buzz that is currently surrounding the Downtown Transformation Project as the city works to revitalize and transform our downtown," said Kutuchief. "I am proud to volunteer to help activate the space through Bebop on the Block to make a vibrant and exciting area that everyone can enjoy."

Bebop on the Block will look and feel much like the successful Cuyahoga Falls Better Block that took place last summer, Kutuchief said. The event will highlight local food vendors, craft cocktails, retail, and live entertainment. There will also be a night market, art component, kids' activities and a designated area for dogs, she said.

The event is being presented by The Office restaurant.

Bebop is the first of four summer events presented by the city, hospital and Cascade that is part of a series called Falls Downtown Fridays. The events are: Kids Fest, June 23 from 4-8 p.m.; First Responders Appreciation, June 30 from 5-11 p.m.; and Taste of Cuyahoga Falls, July 14 from 5-11 p.m. In addition, Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest will take place July 7-9 and Festa Italiana will happen July 21-23.

After Festa, work is scheduled to begin on a project to re-open Front Street to vehicular traffic, which is a major component of the Downtown Transformation Project. Oktoberfest, which typically takes place in September, was re-scheduled to July.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/bebopcfalls/ or contact Kelli Crawford-Smith at 330-971-8140 or Crawford-Smith@cityofcf.com.

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