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Founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, FringeArts grew over the years to lead the city in producing boundary-pushing dance, theater, and music performances. Check out all the things that make FringeArts so awesome!


Two upcoming November shows continue the tradition of unpredictable and exciting dance at FringeArts. Home/S. 9th Street is a contemporary performance by Kun-Yang Lin and his troupe that explores the personal stories of immigration, citizenship and identity in Philly’s famed South 9th Street corridor. Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ is a progressive production that examines the physical emotion that goes into dancing and tropes about an aging gay choreographer.


FringeArts champions the most innovative and experimental sounds in Philly. It won’t be your typical rock concert or jazz show, but it will be just as fun. You can catch Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra on November 22, a show featuring jazz and other sounds from around the world. Also, on the first Friday of every month, you can head to FringeArts’ restaurant, La Peg, for some late night funk/R&B from the band Red 40 & The Last Groovement.


Whether you’re grabbing a bite to eat before or after a show, or just looking for fun spot to hang out and enjoy live music, La Peg is the place. The traditional French bistro offers dishes like red wine braised lamb shank and beef cheek poutine in a massive dining room. You can also enjoy drinks inspired by FringeArts productions and a selection of craft beers.


Can’t decide between a dance show or play? On the first Monday of every month, FringeArts hosts a works-in-progress series that features Philly’s most talented artists. The performances are shows still in the rehearsal stage, giving viewers a fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, and performing art. Enjoy a unique, inside look at a few companies and artists in an incomparably intimate setting.


Twice a month, you can enjoy your lunch at Reading Terminal Market with free public art. While audiences enjoy all the delicious local delicacies, some of Philly’s best performers will entertain with pop-up performances.Check out the sights and sounds of The Bearded Ladies, Azuka Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare, and more FringeArts troupes at this great combination of local food and local artists.