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Rochester Fringe Festival

The Bicycle Men

Rochester, NY
This sublimely bawdy, award-winning musical comedy tells the story of Steve, a hapless American cyclist whose bike breaks down in a small French village. There he encounters a bizarre assortment of twisted locals as he wai... read more

Chris Beard Tribute To BB King

Rochester, NY
Chris Beard Presents A Tribute to BB KingRochester blues guitarist Chris Beard will present a one time only tribute to the blues music of the great BB King. Chris knew BB King personally. This will be a memorable Fringe Fe... read more

SHERO

Rochester, NY
SHERO excitedly anticipates their third annual Fringe Festival performance, returning this fall to the Allen Main Stage! A musical duo formed in Rochester, SHERO has welcomed tremendous success since the release of their d... read more

Anatomy of a Black Man

Rochester, NY
Anatomy of a Black Man is a two-man production that is centered around the synergetic relationship between two black men as they deal with their challenges in the world as black men. The production touches on a plethora of... read more

GOLEM BEMSHI!

Rochester, NY
GOLEM BEMSHI! Blends for the first time ever the 1920 horror film, The Golem, with libretto, music, soundscape, and poetry. This real-time performance by Dave Esposito and G. E. Schwartz, drenched in magic and mystery, tel... read more

Silent Disco

Rochester, NY
TOTAL SELL OUT 2013-2016! The spectacular Spiegeltent is THE place for our signature giant dance party with a twist: you won't hear a sound until you slip on a set of headphones. Wait, is that YMCA on one channel, Calvin H... read more

Disco Kids

Rochester, NY
The 2016 sell-out hit returns! Big party for pint-size partiers takes over Club Spiegeltent -Kiddie Style. The next generation of club kids is here. From popping to pouting, Disco Kids is a fun-filled dance extravaganza th... read more

PUSH Physical Theatre Workshop

Rochester, NY
PUSH Physical Theatre offers three, age-appropriate introductory workshops for actors, dancers, athletes, artists, or anyone who wants to learn more about PUSH's unique training system that puts you in control of your body... read more

Farm to Fringe: Pumpkin Painting

Rochester, NY
Pumpkins go to great lengths to become wildly imaginative inventions at our super fun kid-friendly event. From spooktacular to silly, we can't wait to see what your creativity unleashes with a paintbrush. Turn our Spiegelg... read more

Heart and Soul: Medicine and Life

Rochester, NY
Heart and Soul: Medicine and Life returns for the fifth year. This spoken word show features clinicians' creative writings, shared in an intimate setting. Come hear and witness the challenges and joys of clinical practice ... read more

Coyote Challenges the World

Rochester, NY
Coyote Challenges the World - The Open Road Theatre - All Ages.Focuses on the issue of bullying, based upon the Native American Medicine Wheel.We all need to be accepted and appreciated by everyone. How do we achieve accep... read more

Fables and Histories

Rochester, NY
Two international dancer-choreographers present three dance theatre works exploring themes such as sorrow and hope, the tragedy of war, and whimsical imagination.Natalia Lisina steps into a world created by well-known Cana... read more

Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters

Rochester, NY
Join the Famous Fox Sisters as they commune with spirits from the great beyond. This unique interactive experience mixes the challenges of an escape room with the excitement of immersive theater. Taking over the entire The... read more

Cirque du Fringe: Eclectic Attraction

Rochester, NY
Cirque du Fringe: Eclectic Attraction transforms the Spiegeltent into a strange, sexy and hilarious journey into the depths of a lifelong romance-from a very unexpected point of view. Vaudevillian ringmasters Matt Morgan a... read more

Jimmy C's Kids Magic Show

Rochester, NY
World-renowned magician Jimmy C has entertained kids and adults alike, performing for hundreds of day cares, schools, and scout functions across NYS. His show is a high energy, interactive experience guaranteed to delight ... read more

Merged V

Rochester, NY
International choreographers James Hansen and Heather Roffe return to Geva Theatre for Merged V. A three-time Rochester CITY "Critics Pick" performance, this collaboration blends physically exciting dance with multi-media ... read more

Really Rosie

Rochester, NY
With music by Carole King, and book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak (the title character based on a girl he knew from his youth), REALLY ROSIE tells the story of the sassiest girl on Avenue P, who entertains by directing and ... read more

Garth Fagan Dance

Rochester, NY
Enjoy new works and works-in-progress up-close and personal from multi-award-winner Garth Fagan and Bessie Award-winner Norwood Pennewell, as well as spectacular revivals from the rich, 47-year history of internationally a... read more

The Eulogy

Rochester, NY
BEST COMEDY, 2016 Adelaide Fringe. BEST SHOW, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe. CRITICS' CHOICE AWARD, 2016 Atlanta Fringe. QUIRKY AWARD, 2015 IndyFringe. After a completely sold-out run at the 2016 Rochester Fringe, THE EULOGY (an ... read more

The Topher Holt Experience

Rochester, NY
Topher has been professionally trained as a comedian, dancer, mime, and singer/songwriter. He was a principal company member of PUSH Physical Theatre for many years, and brings a powerful strength and presence to the stage... read more

San Pedro

Rochester, NY
Fresh from touring with FUNNY OR DIE and creator of the new COMEDY CENTRAL Snapchat series HEADS WILL ROLL, McQueen Adams has taken his world of impressions, music, and comedy in a fresh and innovative direction, creating ... read more

The Seal Maiden

Rochester, NY
The Seal Maiden tells the enchanting story of a young seal who, finding herself stranded on the beach after the tide has turned, is transformed into a young woman. She adapts to her new life and flourishes, yet is torn by ... read more

Two of Mee

Rochester, NY
TWO OF MEE is composed of two pieces developed from texts by playwright Charles Mee. "Life Is a Dream," with Nanako Horikawa and Andrea Vazquez, with music composed and performed by James J. Kaufman, responds to the parado... read more

Thank You Kiss Presents: Silky Promises

Rochester, NY
Lauded for its laugh-out-loud, smart comedy, sketch comedy group Thank You Kiss (TYK) presents a unique blend of satire, sincerity, and silliness. It's members -- Marc D'Amico, Megan Mack, John Forrest Thompson, and Beth W... read more

The Magic. The Music. The Fun.

Rochester, NY
One man. One Show. One Jimmy C. A one man show guaranteed to bring comedy and laughter along with magic and song. Sharing a variety of his talents, Jimmy C will excite any audience in a cabaret style show filled with a var... read more

Get Happy: Casey Jones Costello Sings the Judy Garland Songbook

Rochester, NY
Following the success of last year's THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC, a tribute to the classic shows of Broadway, vocalist Casey Jones Costello returns to the Fringe to pay homage to one the greatest entertainers of all time, Judy Gar... read more

The Magic of a Minute - 45 One-Minute Dances

Rochester, NY
In a world where major life events are boiled down to a one-minute snap story, The Magic of a Minute - 45 One-Minute Dances is a modern dance-theatre production in which Colleen Pictor and the Pic PAC appeal to a diverse a... read more

Elephant Grass: An Afrofutur-Mystic Tale

Rochester, NY
"Elephant Grass: An Afrofutur-Mystic Tale" is Sci-Fi Dance Theater. A SHE-ro on a mission. Visions. Ritual. Initiation. Is it safe for a girl to surf the universe alone? Shamen & her Ancestors make safe passage beyond the ... read more

Stories and Songs to Rock the Soul

Rochester, NY
Join JEREMIAH'S HUNGER author Elizabeth Osta as she shares stories from her newly released memoir, SAVING FAITH. Telling tales out of school, right from our region, from Syracuse to Rochester as a parochial school student,... read more

PUSH Physical Theatre

Rochester, NY
Following world-premiere performances of cross-border, multi-media opera No Se Culpe (Don't Blame Anyone) at Kodak Hall and Teatro Diana in Guadalajara -- chosen as "Coolest Local Event of the Year (Professional Division)"... read more

Flower City Vaudeville's First Annual Farewell Tour

Rochester, NY
Let's face it - these guys are not getting any younger! Their madcap routines of comedy, music, and feats of skill invite the question, "How much longer can they keep doing this?" Come join the fun as Ted Baumhauer, Ward H... read more

The Black Bird of Death

Rochester, NY
They came to escape the war. Some are desperate. Some ruthless. Some are idiots. Suddenly she walks in. The one who broke Rick's heart. There are whispers of a fabulous black bird encrusted with jewels and those who will d... read more

Wild Horses by Allison Gregory

Rochester, NY
CenterStage Theatre of the JCC presents a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by award-winning playwright Allison Gregory. Savagely-funny and packed with an emotional punch, a woman (Susan Hopkins) takes us on... read more

Mo-to-the-oncle

Rochester, NY
Winner: Best Actress 2017 Pittsburgh Fringe. There's a time and place for a monocle: 2017 and a Bronx high school are neither of them! Mo-to-the-oncle is a solo comedy that follows the story of Detroit, Jr., a Bronx teenag... read more

Spy in the House of Men

Rochester, NY
Transgender writer and performer Penny Sterling's laugh-out-loud theatre engagement concludes its four-city summer tour here in Rochester. Deeply affecting and intimate, the award-winning SPY IN THE HOUSE OF MEN maps Penny... read more

Childhood / The Lottery

Rochester, NY
Two Virtuoso Short Plays: Childhood by Thornton Wilder (1960)-in this provocative, sometimes chilling comedy, Wilder renders a child's-eye view of the grown-up world as pretense challenges the family to discard the traditi... read more

Close to the Edge

Rochester, NY
America’s premiere Yes tribute band, Going for the One, will present a complete performance of Yes’ classic 1972 album, Close to the Edge. Featuring faculty and student guest performers from the University of Rochester and... read more

Close to the Edge / Dark Side of the Moon

Rochester, NY
John Covach, along with members of the University of Rochester & Eastman School of Music, present two unique performances in a single night tribute of 2 rock legends:Close to the Edge (7pm):Re-live the 1972 album "Close to... read more

Leo Crandall

Rochester, NY
Musical themes usually deal in some way with transcendence...that only asks that you let it transport you, which it does-withstrange, old-rooted, sepia-toned, sometimes bewildering majesty."-Nathan Turk, Syracuse New Times... read more

David Jacobs Presents: "Halfway Home"

Rochester, NY
David Jacobs is very confused. Is he a Jew? Is he a Protestant? Or is he just outspoken and repressed all at once? In HALFWAY HOME, Jacobs invites us on a journey of identity and self-discovery in 21st-Century America. Par... read more

Foreigners

Rochester, NY
Foreigners, two one-act plays by Candide Carrasco, tackle the theme of love. Both plays are set in Chapel Hill, N C"Night Passengers" is an inside look at the mating dance, between an older Frenchwoman and a UNC sophomore ... read more

Antigone

Rochester, NY
Experience this classic Greek tale, adapted from the new modern translation by Canadian scholar, Ian Johnston.

Dark Side of the Moon

Rochester, NY
Take a trip back to 1973 and enjoy one of rock’s most successful albums, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Joined by faculty and student performers from the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, the Le... read more

Hollywood Sex Farces of the 1960s

Rochester, NY
In the early 1960s John Borek learned about romantic relationships from movies starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner. "Pillow Talk', "That Touch of Mink", "The Thrill of It All" made him the e... read more

Home of the Brave

Rochester, NY
Experience personal stories of today and get a glimpse of our possible future. 9 performers present 8 original plays about life in Trump's America in 2017 and (way) beyond. HOME OF THE BRAVE is about protest, anger, despai... read more

BIG WIGS Featuring Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune

Rochester, NY
Big Wigs is a high energy Las Vegas style show. Kasha Davis from RuPaul's Drag Race and Rochester legend Aggy Dune have been bringing their dead on impressions to sold out crowds all over the country. This fast paced show ... read more
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Past Events

Memento Anima

Memento Anima

Rochester, NY
Greg Byers (cello, composition) and Hannah Nemer (film) have collaborated to create Memento Anima, a sensitive exploration of movement, entropy, and the soul's journey. Latin for remember life, Memento Anima focuses on lost moments spent traveling, so that we might see their inherent beauty. This...
Thu, Sep 21 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 9:30 PM

Light Blue Gospel Blues Extravaganza

Light Blue Gospel Blues Extravaganza

Rochester, NY
Progressive blues with rock and gospel overtones makes Light Blue a unique experience. Not down in the dumps blues... but music that will lift your Fringe Festival spirit. Don't miss this opportunity to hear gutsy guitar solos, keen keyboard riffs, harrowing harmonica work and a rapturous rhythm ...
Friday, September 22 2017 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Stand-up Through the Ages

Stand-up Through the Ages

Rochester, NY
Same folks, new jokes! STAND UP THROUGH THE AGES is back this year with a new stand-up comedy showcase featuring performers in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and even 70's! After watching their individual performances back to back you'll realize that they have nothing - and everything - in co...
Fri, Sep 15 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 9:00 PM

This Sky's Funny!

This Sky's Funny!

Rochester, NY
Internationally renowned, award-winning entertainer Sky Sands puts on a friendly, unique, frenetically-paced show filled with comedy, magic, audience-participation and a lotmore! He's headlined events across the country and has been featured on Cinemax, Showtime, VH-1, and MSNBC as well as ABC's ...
Thu, Sep 14 2017 7:30 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 8:30 PM

After Hours - A Cappella Hour

After Hours - A Cappella Hour

Rochester, NY
Get excited for After Hours A Capella group, known for their unique arrangements and energy filled shows! Their concerts are popular with crowds of all ages and they perform a wide range of different genres. Whether your tastes lie with pop, rock, or even EDM, After Hours has a song for you! Lear...
Thu, Sep 21 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 8:00 PM

Allen Wrench

Allen Wrench

Rochester, NY
Defeated grocery store clerk Allen must choose between defending his pathetic life or allowing his coworkers to unleash the horrifying space monster that's trapped inside the walk-in freezer.
Friday, September 22 2017 7:00 PM 8:00 PM

Bushwhacked: Crystal Magic Wonder Cabinet Palace Tent

Bushwhacked: Crystal Magic Wonder Cabinet Palace Tent

Rochester, NY
It's the Fringeyist interactive show at the Fringe and those ridiculous Bushwhacked gals are at it again. This time the tent is bigger, the stakes are higher, and the talent is greater. Come witness the jewel of The Fringe - it's the tent that everyone is talking about. The perfect marriage of ho...
Fri, Sep 15 2017 9:30 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 7:50 PM

Throwing Smoke

Throwing Smoke

Rochester, NY
Throwing Smoke deals with the tragicomic problems of a minor league baseball coach, Earl, whose team is so dispirited by the opposing pitcher (who is "throwing smoke" that day) that most have decided to simply give up and go home. This hilarious and ultimately moving play is a meditation on the "...
Sun, Sep 17 2017 5:30 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 7:45 PM

Bill Schmitt & The Bluesmasters

Bill Schmitt & The Bluesmasters

Rochester, NY
Bill Schjitt & The Bluesmasters
Friday, September 22 2017 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

An Evening with CottonToe

An Evening with CottonToe

Rochester, NY
Mike "CottonToe" Scrivens has been playing his own version of acoustic blues in and out of Rochester for the past 5 years. He engages audiences young and old with his soulful voice, singing stories of those less fortunate and people he's crossed paths with in his lifetime. Frank DeBlase from the ...
Friday, September 22 2017 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Mailing Address

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival P.O. Box 10508 Rochester, NY 14610
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