Fringe Festival Returns With 21st Year Of Cutting-Edge Performances

More than 100 offbeat shows take place throughout Philadelphia from September 7-24....

The arts take over Philadelphia every September with the annual Fringe Festival, a two-week extravaganza of offbeat performances and events.

This year, the festival comes of age, celebrating its 21st birthday from September 7-24 with more than 100 theater, dance, comedy, visual art and spoken work shows in venues all around the city.


  • The 2017 Fringe Festival runs September 7-24.
  • More than 130 different acts will perform at dozens of venues around Philadelphia.
  • Students and 25-and-under can get all tickets for $15 or less.
  • FringeArts headquarters features free entertainment most evenings during the festival

Since its beginnings, the Fringe Festival has featured experimental local performers trying out new material in site-specific venues. Over the years, a few performers have gone on to become internationally renowned artists, showcasing their work around the world.

The 2017 Fringe Festival sees some of these celebrated Philadelphia acts return with groundbreaking world premieres. Fringe favorites Thaddeus Phillips, Pig Iron Theatre Company, New Paradise Laboratories, and Geoff Sobelle will all present adventurous new works that promise to be their most daring yet.

In addition to these and other star local acts, the festival features groundbreaking national and international companies showcasing new works of theater, dance and performative art installation.

The festival also spreads across Philadelphia neighborhoods, as independent artists showcase self-produced work in sites from Kensington and South Philadelphia to Old City and Mt. Airy.

Venues include such site-specific spaces as a graveyard, a nightclub and a moored boat along the Delaware River as well as traditional playhouses — and even your own home!

Entertainment continues late into the night at the FringeArts headquarters on Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Performers and audiences converge for live music, DJs, drinks and food at in-house restaurant La Peg Brasserie.

(Photo By N. Hoving For FEASTIVAL)
Party for a great cause at this year’s FEASTIVAL fundraising gala at La Peg Brasserie.

Speaking of food, you won’t want to miss the annual FEASTIVAL fundraising gala. On September 28, the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs combine their efforts for an evening of food and live entertainment in support of the Fringe Festival.

Tickets to the Fringe Festival run from $10 to $75, with many free events and a no-cost digital component. Get them on the Fringe website or at the FringeArts box office at 140 N. Columbus Boulevard. FEASTIVAL tickets cost $300-$450 and can be purchased here.

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

When:September 7-24
Where:Various locations including FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard



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