This year, from June 14 – June 25 we presented the 16th annual River To River Festival. The 2017 edition presented 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts; in total, over 100 performances and events spanning 17 projects by contemporary and provocative artists, at 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. We hope you enjoyed the ride as much as we did.

The Festival offered opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, socialize and experience multiple facets of artists’ work and the creative process.

This year’s River To River Festival was dedicated to Trisha Brown and David Rockefeller. LMCC would not be what it is today without these two resounding figures.

On behalf of all of us at LMCC and River To River, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 “River To River is a platform for diverse voices and untold stories. The Festival explores Lower Manhattan and nearby Governors Island with forward-thinking, boundary-blurring artists across all disciplines to reveal both new and existing—but often overshadowed—contemporary narratives about the waterfront, the built environment and the past, present and future of our neighborhood. LMCC and the Festival are identifying and illuminating local, pressing artistic and social issues in the global context of New York City. With the Festival, we carry on an ever-important legacy of artists making work in and for the public sphere, particularly in Lower Manhattan, and we are committed to continuing to offer this free programming to all audiences!”

– Andrew D. Hamingson, LMCC President


Find a full calendar of events and a full program below!

All events are free, some require RSVPs. Find RSVP for these events on their event pages.

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River To River seeks to provide world-class free summer entertainment and to inspire residents, workers and visitors in the neighborhoods south of Chambers Street and at Governors Island by connecting them to the best of the arts, the creative process, unique places and each other. For audiences of one to crowds of thousands, River To River provides an intense and rewarding way to experience and discover Lower Manhattan and Governors Island’s waterfronts, parks, plazas and history.

Much more than just a series of free events, River To River also serves as a platform for the arts sector in both nurturing new ideas and extending the life of existing work by inviting artists to create both new site-specific works as well as site-responsive versions of premiere performances. The spectrum of work presented represents all stages of the creative process and audiences are encouraged to get closer to artists and their practices through open studios, artist talks and social events.



River To River was founded in 2002 by American Express, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Alliance for Downtown New York, Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and South Street Seaport.



Arts Brookfield
New Amsterdam Presents
Night at the Museums (multiple venues, see event listing for details)
Public Art Fund
Times Square Arts and Times Square Advertising Coalition


Leadership Support provided by: the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major Support provided by: Goldman Sachs, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Media Partners: WABC-TV.

Friends of the Festival:  The Howard Hughes Corporation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Westfield World Trade Center, Fulton Center, and LMHQ.

Additional support provided by: Ameriprise Financial, Con Edison, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and WNYC.

River To River is made possible through partnerships within the public, private, and arts sectors. These countless individuals and organizations coming together under a common cause are the fabric of this festival and the reason it has endured over the last 13 years.

All 60 events in the festival are free and therefore depend on your support.

DONATE and join a robust network of individuals who share a passion for both the arts and the growing community in Lower Manhattan

SPONSOR the annual River To River Festival and become a part of a community fostering the creative engine of Lower Manhattan

View and download a PDF of the River To River Festival Calendar here, and view and download a PDF of the River To River 2017 Program.