River To River Festival

About The River To River Festival

Presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the River To River Festival is Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival.

The River To River Festival celebrates artistic and creative diversity across disciplines, presenting live art and installation in public spaces and in partnership with leading institutions in Lower Manhattan.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the River To River Festival was created as a way of uniting Lower Manhattan, to heal and celebrate using site-specific art events. Since 2002, River To River continues create dynamic networks of conversation between art, the public and the city, bringing art and culture to all and creating vibrant public spaces for the unexpected to blossom.

Artists and ensembles featured in River To River Festival editions include Yoko Ono, Pam Tanowitz, Okwui Okpokwasili, Phillip Glass, Eiko, Black Gotham Experience, Sarah Michelson, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Bill T. Jones, Maria Hassabi, Patti Smith, 600 Highwaymen, Laurie Anderson, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sonic Youth, and hundreds more.

Programmatic partners have included Battery Park City Authority, Arts Brookfield, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Night at the Museums, Tribeca Art + Culture Night, and others.

All events are free and all are welcome.

"One of the beauties of the River To River Festival is that anyone can witness it, or most of it, even without intending to. "

The New York Times

“As reliable as the tide but considerably less predictable, a deep dive into the sheer volume of events scheduled for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River To River Festival will leave your head swimming with ways to soak in this annual genre-blurring, boundary-bursting celebration of dance, music, theater, and visual art.”

Downtown Express


For corporate sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rebecca Cardwell at rcardwell@lmcc.net.

For media sponsorship inquiries, please contact Sophie Lam, Director of Communications & Marketing at slam@lmcc.net.

Past Festivals

2019 Edition

June 18 - 29

The 2019 festival encouraged the discovery of what arises when we all slow down.

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