In existence since 1997, this 16-day multi-arts festival presents over 1,000 performances featuring 5,000 artists at venues throughout Lower Manhattan. Like other Fringe festivals around the world, Fringe NYC highlights art that often goes unnoticed and underappreciated. A do-it-yourself aesthetic permeates what the festival calls “The Land that Grants Forgot.”
The festival also includes the family-oriented Fringe JR, FringeHIGH for teens, and the late-night Fringe CLUB, as well as the free FringeU, FringeART, FringeAL Fresco programs. Festival presentations from 2010 included the film Picking Palin, SHINE: A Burlesque Musical, and The Gangbusters Theatre Company’s Julius Caesar: The Death of a Dictator, based on Shakespeare and set to the music of Metallica.
New York International Fringe Festival Information
- Public Transportation: Very good for most venues. Check the Venue Guide page to get detailed info on transportation to a particular venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Fair (Most venues are accessible, but not all)
- Performances/Programs: Produced by the Present Company, Fringe NYC hosts more than 200 shows in just over two weeks in various theaters throughout downtown New York City each August. Performance schedule varies with shows taking place at all times each day of the week. Tickets and show information can be found at FringeCENTRAL, the location of which is determined each year before the festival. See shows for free by volunteering with the festival
- Ticket Prices: Tickets are $15. $10 tickets available for seniors and kids under 12 (for FringeJR shows), must be purchased in person. TDF vouchers accepted
- Group Discounts: Group rates are offered for parties of 20 or more
- Subscriptions: Fiver Pass, any five shows for $70; Flex Pass, any 10 shows for $120; Lunatic Pass, all the shows you can see for $500
- Educational/Community Outreach: Educational opportunities include FringeU’s free panels and events.