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Fringe Festival

September 8 - October 2, 2022

City-wide celebration of thought-provoking progressive performing arts...

An Untitled Love, one of nearly 200 productions on offer during the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Photo by C. Duggen

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Each year, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival brings local, national and international art to Philadelphia with a nearly month-long extravaganza of performing arts.

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 2022 Fringe Festival — featuring nearly 200 productions and experiences — runs from September 8 to October 2, 2022 .

2022 Highlights

Here’s what to look forward to for the 26th annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival:

  1. Late Night Snacks: Bearded Ladies Cabaret at The Switch : This “ potluck performance series ” features musical performances from different artists every night. Singers come from all walks of life — expect to hear tunes from professional opera singers, karaoke superstars and everyone in between. You never know who might take the stage next (September 10 – October 2, 2022, select dates).
  2. Spokake at La Peg at FringeArts: MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Annie Dorsen brings her wild experience of Spokaoke to Philadelphia for one night only. Think karaoke but with famous speeches. The audience-fueled event allows amateurs to try their hand at unrehearsed public speaking (September 16, 2022).
  3. Death is a Cabaret Ol’ Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret at Laurel Hill Cemetery :  Imbibe with departed spirits as you sip on free cocktails among the headstones at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery during this cabaret production from REV Theatre Company. Three singing souls appear in the misty graveyard to belt out tunes from Amy Winehouse, Sonny & Cher and more (September 16-17, 2022).
  4. Larry’s Late Show at The Adrienne Theater : Whodunnit? The audience is charged with solving a murder mystery in this highly interactive comedy . Guests 21-plus can sip on a few adult beverages while mulling over the murder investigation (September 16-18, 2022).
  5. The Path of Pins or The Path of Needles at Rigby Mansion : Each audience member in this immersive theater experience takes on the role of an expectant parent and must navigate tough choices to avoid a curse on their unborn child. Be prepared to move: Interactive scenes throughout Rigby Mansion combine dance, physical theater and performance art (September 16 – October 2, 2022).
  6. An Untitled Love at the Philadelphia Film Center: Kyle Abraham’s production makes its Philadelphia debut, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe. Abraham is known for his groundbreaking approach to dance, and this latest work — a full-length homage to self-love and Black love set to a soundtrack that draws on the works of Grammy Award-winning R&B icon D’Angelo — is no exception (September 22-24, 2022).
  7. Black Lodge at the Philadelphia Film Center : A collaboration from David T. Little, Anne Waldman and Michael Joseph McQuilken, this operatic and cinematic production explores what it takes to face the darkest parts of ourselves through industrial rock opera mixed with film screenings. Musicians from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra join glam opera band Timur & the Dime Museum for this world-premiere event, executive produced by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (October 1 & 2, 2022).

Other premieres include Food by Geoff Sobelle and the U.S. premiere of French choreographer Jérôme Bel ’s “auto-bio-choreo-graphy”


Influenced by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (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 has grown into the Philadelphia Fringe Festival , featuring hundreds of high-quality, highly innovative artistic presentations across multiple weeks each fall in Philly

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