Two festivals in one, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and the Philly Fringe are held in venues all over the city for 16 days every September. Although both are dedicated to featuring contemporary, cutting edge artists from the City of Brotherly Love and around the world, the Live Arts Festival includes a relatively small number of specially-selected productions while the Philly Fringe has nearly 200 self-produced shows. The Fringe is like a theatrical Wild Wild West, with any local artist or theater company invited to put on their show without going through a selection process.
Combined, these festivals create an explosion of vibrant, experimental theater that always keeps audiences on their toes. Even when the smoke clears at the end of each festival, its spirit continues throughout the year thanks to the free Second Thursdays Series, where each month artists share their work and process in a casual, conversational setting.
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Information
- Public Transportation: Good (venues are accessible via Amtrak, NJ Transit, SEPTA rail, subway, and buses)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Over 200 performances per season
- Ticket Prices: $10–$25. Many events are free. Receive a discount when you buy tickets to two or more different shows at one time. Discounts are available for students and people 25 and under
- Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts
- Subscriptions: The most popular option is the All-Access Pass ($650), which gets you and a friend admission to every show.