Inspire us in 2016!

2016 show submissions are now open!

FREE to Apply at

Don't wait: show submissions close Saturday, April 30 at midnight (EST).

Fringe Insider Tips

  • Apply directly online to our venues through the online application
  • It is free to apply.
  • The earlier you apply, the better your chance with the venue of your choice. Venues start booking their shows straight away.
  • Submissions for site-specific work accepted. Previous shows have been in parked cars, a camping tent and a hot tub! Get creative.

The Fringe Returns. September 15-24, 2016. Ready?

Since its debut in 2012, the First Niagara Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 63,000 attendees in 2015. This 10-day multi-arts festival now boasts over 500 performances and events - more than a quarter of which are free - in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, this Fringe - partially curated by the festival and partially created by festival venues - is theatre, music, comedy, dance, children's entertainment, spoken word, visual arts and film, and so much more. Inspire us in 2016!

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