This week, summer in Downtown New York City continues with an abundance of cultural events. The annual River to River Festival is bringing storytelling, art, theater, dance and interactive performance to Lower Manhattan from now until this Sunday, June 25.

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which provides leadership in cultural planning as well as supports and nurtures artists and art advocacy groups, has hosted the River to River Festival for 16 years now. They seek to provide a nurturing environment for artists, and, for the consumers of their art. The council is doing just that this week with more than 100 performances over the course of the 12 day festival.

If you missed the first few days of the festival, there are still many more events to  experience before the end this Sunday. We’ve a highlighted a few must-see events for the remainder of the festival. All events are open to the public.

“Thank You For Coming: Play”

Photo courtesy of Whitney Brewer

There’s still one more chance to see this dance production by Faye Driscoll. The performance focuses on language and questions of how it enhances and reduces our lives. You won’t want to miss this engaging performance.

Today, Wednesday June 21 from 2 to 2:40 p.m.
Intersection of Broad and Wall St. 

EARTH POTENTIAL

Photo courtesy of Katja Novitskova

The Public Art Fund is presenting this sculptural exhibition by up-and-coming artist Katja Novitskova. This will be the Estonian artist’s first major outdoor exhibition in the U.S. and encourages onlookers to consider the impact of technology on the earth. These seven, large-scale other-worldly sculptures are taking over City Hall Park this week.

Thursday June 22 to Sunday June 25, during regular park hours, from dawn to dusk
City Hall Park

“Black Gotham Experience”

Photo courtesy of Kamau Ware

This interactive storytelling project by Kamau Ware will inspire visitors to consider the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City and its history and give insight into NYC’s Black heritage. The experience spans the festival with events including walking tours, graphic novels and exhibits. Some events require an RSVP, so make sure you check the event page.

Various dates and times available on event page.
192 Front St., Seaport District

For a full list of events, including times and locations, visit the River to River calendar page.