New York’s International Fringe Festival

According to Wikipedia, Fringe Theater is a term used to describe an alternative form of theater; not typical of mainstream. It can be compared to indie productions in the film industry. According to FringeNYC, it is reason to celebrate what has been called “New York’s Best Staycation”. Of course, New York City is the perfect place to host the largest multi-arts festival in North America, so that is exactly what is happening August 13th-29th. The 14th annual International Fringe Festival will be coming to town to showcase 1200 performances from 200 companies from around the world at 20 different venues spread throughout Manhattan over 16 days. That’s a lot of fringe! Because shows include everything from drama to musicals in its entirety, it may seem overwhelming trying to figure out what productions may interest you and your family, that is why FringeNYC has broken up the productions into some subdivisions or themes that can be easily researched and sorted through. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from each one:

  • FringeJr- these productions are specifically aimed at families with children ages 5 to 12.  Tickets are just $10 and can  be purchased at the Central Box office or over the phone 24 hours before the show. List of FringeJr shows here.
  • FringeHIGH-  shows in this category are guaranteed to stretch the limits, entertain teens. Issues presented are sure to resonate with young adults as they capture modern-day issues. Some themes for this year include race and racism, magic and juggling, war and politics, and struggling to find and define your own identity. List of FringeHIGH shows here.
  • Fringe AL FRESCO- these FREE events happen throughout the festival and include the opening ceremonies and teasers/snippets of some of the show selections and everything else the Fringe Festival has to offer. All AL FRESCO events are outdoors so you can stay the whole time or just drop by. Find the full schedule here.
  • FringeArt- Blast through the flat and ordinary! Come get your photo taken with one of the live artists and add it to the collage at FringeCentral. Find more details here.
  • FringeClub- this is an after-the-show event that happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit with the artists in the Artist Lounge on Thursdays or attend the  Variety Show Power Hour on Fridays and Saturdays. This completely improvised show includes many special guests and is sure to entertain. Find more information here.


Tickets for shows can be purchased at the FringeNYC website or at the FringeCentral box office. The Box office also includes a community center where you can find maps, program guides, volunteer registration, performance applications etc.

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