River to River - About Us
With support from many public and private partners since 2002, The River To River® Festival has become an essential component of Lower Manhattan’s vital and vibrant cultural life.
Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures. The Festival’s densely packed schedule of daytime, evening, and weekend events showcases Lower Manhattan as a thriving center for cultural activity and a key destination point for experiencing New York City’s wealth and diversity of heritage, history, dining, shopping, and art.
Together River To River Festival partners are working to foster conversations about artistic, community, and environmental concerns associated with urban/waterfront landscapes in redevelopment, growth, and transformation. By showcasing New York City, and in particular Lower Manhattan, as creative, green, and global, with shows and events that speak to the diverse cultures and tastes from across the region, The River To River Festival offers a singular artistic experience for audiences of all ages and backgrounds – and every event is free!
The lead partner for the River To River Festival is the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.