The River To River Festival is Lower Manhattan’s largest free summer arts festival featuring music, film, dance, theater, art and participatory experiences in more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in downtown New York—from Chambers Street down to Battery Park and across the island from the Hudson River to the East River, including Governor’s Island. Events take place June 15—July 14.

This year marks the festival’s 12th anniversary and the brand new element of a curated series by a celebrated downtown artist. The composer/musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson has not only curated a series, but will perform June 18 and 19 in Rockefeller Park with guest musicians Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang, plus playwright Young Jean Lee and actor Steve Buscemi. Her selection of multimedia events for the festival play with the concept of time. See the NYC-ARTS Laurie Anderson interview.

The River to River Festival is presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which celebrates its own 40th anniversary this year. WNET/Thirteen, the parent company of NYC-ARTS, is a media sponsor of the River To River Festival.

See more Summer Festivals in New York City.