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Philadelphia Fringe FestivalThe Philadelphia Fringe Festival is an event known throughout the theater community. Not only does the festival appeal to those in theater, but also it appeals to many other types of performers.

It appeals to singers, artists, and even the ever so popular Nippulini – an act where a man lifts things with the piercing on his nipples.

One could easily say that they will find performances during this festival unlike any other — and there are almost 700 different events.

The Fringe Festival began in 1997 by five Philadelphia artists. Actually, this year is the fringe festivals 15th anniversary! Supposedly, it was originally formed as an outlet for other performers. It was supposed to be shown for experimental performers so they could show everyone what they had to offer. The event if now two weeks long, but when it started out it was a five-day event.

Almost every fringe festival has taken place over Labor Day weekend. That is not always the most convenient time for some of those last of the summer beach goers. Nevertheless, this year, the fringe festival begins on September 7th and runs until September 22 — so now it will be easier for people to go to the shows. This year is bound to be a very fun festival!

Even though there are some “out of the box” shows at the festival, there are a lot of family friendly options as well. Also, because the festival takes place in the city, and only the city, you’ll have the options of the best food around. So, whether you want to hear someone sing all night, watch a play with the family, or watch some unexplainable performances, then the fringe festival is the place for you.

Check out the Festival Guide