River To River Festival

"LMCC's River To River Festival stages art and performances throughout lower Manhattan, enlivening civic buildings and other public spaces with free events."

-Brooklyn Rail 

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)'s free, wide-flung celebration of the arts has many exciting offerings."

-Time Out New York


First presented in the summer of 2002, the River To River Festival has long been the most important annual public art festival in Lower Manhattan. All presentations are free and open to the public, and each year River To River draws hundreds of thousands of audience members, from art-lovers to passersby, and everything in between.

With the River To River Festival, LMCC commissions site-specific and transformative works of dance, music, theatre, opera, and the visual arts to audiences in unique locations across Lower Manhattan, sparking the imaginations of residents and visitors alike.

Every year, the festival showcases work and performances by luminary artists and companies, including Ralph Lemon, Okwui Okpokwasili, STREB, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, So Percussion, Maria Hassabi, MasterVoices, Phillip Glass, Amir ElSaffar, Eiko Otake, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, and many, many more.

The 2018 Festival celebrated New York City's historic and geographic breadth, while looking to the future of the city. Audiences experienced an array of performances and events exploring and celebrating artistic diversity in all its forms–often blurring the lines between genres including dance, music, theatre and the visual arts–over 10 days at over 40 unique sites, institutions, and venues across Lower Manhattan. Read about the 2018 Festival in The Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 River To River Festival!