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2017 Fringe Festival

City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

Fringe Festival

For its 20th year, the 2016 Fringe Festival will unfold within more than a dozen neighborhoods in and around the city. Credit: Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography


September 7-23, 2017

Note: The information below is from 2016. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Each year, the Fringe Festival brings local, national and international art to Philadelphia with a more than two-week-long extravaganza drawing upwards of 40,000 people.

For its 20th year, the 2016 festival will run from September 9-24 at more than a dozen neighborhoods in and around the city.

This year’s lineup features more artists than ever before with 15 world-class productions curated by festival organizer FringeArts, over 150 independently produced shows, a full-slate of late night entertainment (much of it free!) and an ever-larger selection of online-only artwork. Most of this year’s shows have never been seen before.

The excitement touches every corner of the city, spreading from the FringeArts headquarters along the Delaware River to South Philly, the Northwest, Kensington and every neighborhood in between. Acclaimed international performers bring progressive performances to Philadelphia’s largest stages. Meanwhile, much-loved and up-and-coming local artists present expansive low-cost art at venues ranging from the conventional to the unlikely.

The 2016 Fringe Festival also has a strong focus on visual art, including collaborations with major art museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and The Fabric Workshop and Museum.


Each year, FEASTIVAL brings together Philadelphia’s top culinary artists in support of FringeArts and the Fringe Festival. One of the top culinary events of the year, FEASTIVAL features more than 70 area restaurants, live entertainment and hundreds of guests.

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Influenced by Edinburgh, the granddaddy of all Fringe Festivals, five Philadelphia artists banded together in 1997 to create an outlet for other contemporary and experimental performers to present their works. What began as a five-day event, the Fringe Festival has grown into more than two weeks of high-quality, highly innovative artistic presentations.

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