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The Fringe is Back in Town

Spiegeltent at One Fringe Place (Photo by Mallory Schake)

Since its debut in 2012, the Rochester Fringe Festival has become the largest multi-arts festival in New York State. It is a 12 day event comprised of over 500 visual and performing arts shows in downtown Rochester. The festival has a range of theater, comedy, family entertainment, music, film, dance, opera and more. Here is an event guide for your visit this September 12-23, 2023.


Event Lineup: 

September 12-17 & 19-23

Circolumbia: Corazón

A circus troupe with a performance made up of Latin beats, sky-high stunts and daring moves. The group will perform a show written and produced exclusively for the Rochester Fringe Festival in the Spiegeltent. 

September 15 & 16

Cirque Inextremiste 

A downtown celebration for FREE with food, drinks, and entertainment by DJ ha-MEEN and The Fanzinis in Ballet Poulet. 


September 23

Kids Day

A full day of fun activities and events for the whole family! Enjoy chalk art, pumpkin painting, Disco Kids, Fringe Street Beat and Astrofringe: A Celestial Stargazing Experience 

The Spiegelgarden 

The backyard vibe of the Fringe Fest. Come here to rest, relax, eat, drink and meet up with friends. The Spiegelgarden is equipped with urban landscaping, outdoor art, lounge furniture, giant games and fire pits.


September 22 & 23, 11 PM

Silent Disco

Enjoy an epic dance party that has no sound until you slip on your headphones! With live DJs and a three-channel system, you can change up the music for whatever mood you’re looking for with just the touch of a button. Student admission is $15 with an ID. 

Pedestrian Drive-In

Enjoy an outdoor movie on the big screen with personalized audio via the Silent Disco headphones! Food and drinks will be available at the food truck on site. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

Movie Showtimes: 

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar – September 18

Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella) – September 19

Louder is Not Always Clearer– September 21

Four Weddings and a Funeral – September 21

It’s Made of Thoughts  – September 22

Blowing off the Lake – September 22

Top Gun: Maverick – September 22

Boo! A Madea Halloween – September 23

Shaun of the Dead – September 23


Festival-goers can find parking at any of the following garages with a $7 Special Event Rate:

-East End Garage

475 Main Street East

-Washington Square Garage

111 Woodbury Blvd

-Court Street Garage

194 Court Street

-Sister Cities Garage

28 North Fitzhugh Street

-5 Star Bank Plaza Parage

100 Chestnut Street (Entrance via roundabout between E. Broad St. and Court St.)


For tickets or other event information, visit

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Brooke Eastman, Managing Editor
Brooke Eastman is a junior Media and Communications major at Fisher. She currently serves as Managing Editor of the Courier. She is a Rochester native, and has always had a strong passion for writing. She believes that media plays an essential role in our day-to-day lives, and our means of communicating. At the Courier, Brooke covers current events on campus, lifestyle, and pop culture.
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