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Find Your Fringe This Fall

Jul 12, 2016

Producers and supporters of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival announced the lineup for the September event, one that's expected to draw around 60 thousand visitors to over 500 performances and events at more than 20 venues in downtown Rochester.

Producer Erica Fee says there's something for everyone.

"We have everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. Find something you like. We have comedy, we have music, theater, children's entertainment, visual arts. It really runs the gamut," she said.

                                                                                                                                                                           

Producer Erica Fee
Credit Alex Crichton

Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester, says this event started out as a dream five years ago, and it has just exploded.

"It's a very big deal, you know we consider Rochester the upstate capital for culture and arts, and this is a big part of that.  We see visitors from all over the country that follow different Fringe Fests, come in, for this," he said.

The Spiegel Tent, which hosts comedy and variety shows, is back this year, and so is comedian Patton Oswalt, who performed at the very first Fringe.

"This festival blows your mind and shows you what Rochester can become," Fee said.

The Festival boasts dozens of sponsors, including the State of New York.

Senator Joe Robach notes that I Love New York and the Council on the Arts are supporters of the Fringe Festival.

Last year's event attracted 63 thousand visitors.

Click here for the full lineup.

The festival runs September 15th though the 24th.

The Handmade Orchestra, whose credo is making music you have never heard on instruments you have never seen, provided some entertainment at today's announcement at the Little Theatre: