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The Philly Fringe Festival Starts September 3, 2010!


New Paradise Laboratories & The Riot Group (FREEDOM CLUB)
New Paradise Laboratories & The Riot Group (FREEDOM CLUB)
The Philly Fringe Festival, which is part of The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, is an annual celebration of local performing artists. The 14th annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe will take place from September 3 -18, 2010. What makes the Fringe Festival such a unique event is that it is “unfiltered,” which means both new and established artists can present their work “free of a selection process.”

Philly Fringe shows will be taking place throughout the city of Philadelphia, utilizing venues in Old City, Center City, Fairmount, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, University City, Queen Village, South Philly, and West and Northwest Philadelphia. As of July, there are over 188 Fringe shows to choose from for 2010!

Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office at (215) 413-1318, or by visiting in person at 626 North 5th Street / SW Corner of 5th and Fairmount Streets in Northern Liberties. Philly Fringe show prices vary from performance to performance. Discounts are available, however, to students and festival attendees under the age of 25.

Box Office Hours are:

  • August 23–Sept 2: 1pm – 7pm
  • September 3–18: Sun – Thu 12pm – 9pm; Fri – Sat 11am – 9pm
  • September 6 (Labor Day): 12pm – 7pm

Looking at all the show listings can be a bit overwhelming. However, the organizers of Philly Fringe and The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival have created some tools to help attendees. The first is a “Match Me To a Live Arts Show” survey. It takes into account whether you are looking for dance, theater, or music, whether you are okay with adult themes, etc. It can be found at Another tool is the 2010 Shows finder. You can sort by Fringe or Live Arts shows, specific dates, venue location, and characteristics. That can be found at And finally there is also a Facebook app that will help you plan your festival experience.

You can learn more about the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival at

Photo: New Paradise Laboratories & The Riot Group (FREEDOM CLUB), courtesy of The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival