The 21st annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s leading free summer arts festival runs from June 12–26, 2022.
Experience a dazzling and wide-ranging array of dance and musical performances, visual art installations, film, participatory processions, family events, and more, all by groundbreaking artists in NYC.
This year, festival artists look to nature, ritual, and metaphysical wonders to offer a hopeful perspective on the future of public space.
Featured artists include: free summer arts festival Gregory Corbino, Rose Desiano, keyon gaskin, Beth Gill, Jonathan Gonzalez, Craig Harris, Amy Khoshbin & Jennifer Khoshbin, Heather Kravas, and Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born
All events are free and open to all. Due to limited capacity, some events require advance registration. RSVPs are now open! LMCC.net/R2R
Opening Event: MURMURATIONS
June 12, 2pm gather, 3pm parade
Teardrop Park, Battery Park City
Enter at North End Avenue or River Terrace entrance
A collective puppetry performance transforms Battery Park City into a seascape of androgenous oysters, stunning sturgeon and captivating cetaceans.
repose without rest without end
Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born
Video Installation on view
June 12-26, 7am-11pm
June 13 at 8pm
June 20 at 8pm
Fosun Concourse Amphitheater, 28 Liberty
This video installation focuses on a young Black girl’s act of resistance in rejecting imposed beauty standards.
June 17, 7pm
La Plaza at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
Audience members turned party-goers celebrate the gift of gathering, and hold space for radical place-making and liberation.
South Street Seaport
On view June 18-26
Opening event: June 18, 7pm
Front St. between John St. and Beekman St.
Creating an immersive space made up of larger-than-life lenticular photographs, DeSiano merges past and present together in an installation of mirrors, historic images, and optical illusions.
The Sun Seekers
Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin
June 18, 3pm
Exhibition on view from 12-6pm
Upper Gallery, The Arts Center at Governors Island
This performance promotes healing through disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with ourselves, each other, and the natural world.
June 22-23, 5:30pm
A darkly beautiful dreamscape, Nail Bitertransforms contemporary dance performance into a vital space of ritual and reveals stories of connection and loss with a sense of magic and awe.
June 25, 4pm
Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City
At the Pavilion in Rockefeller Park. Enter from River Terrace near Chambers Street.
Performed by a large ensemble of musicians, BREATHE makes a sonic statement in response to the long-term and current injustices inflicted upon African American people.