Get Ready to Experience Fringe: Sept. 14-23

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It's just about time for the 6th annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Did you know that it has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the US? Last year more than 68,000 people attended this 10-day fest which includes over 500 performances - a third of which are FREE!

With so many shows to choose from, we love how easy Fringe makes it to find them. Once you click on "FIND A SHOW" on their website you can search by location, genre, date or even just browse the free shows. In case you didn't know, Fringe has a free app you can download at the Google Play or Apple App stores.

Here are some things you won't want to miss:

The Spiegeltent:

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The Spiegeltent is a beautiful traveling "tent" that can be found at the corner of Gibbs and Main.

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the Rochesteriat

This venue is a must-see, make sure you get to a show here, we recommend the Cirque du Fringe, the Silent Disco, or The Bicycle Men.

The Spiegelgarden:

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the Rochesteriat

Every year this urban oasis called the Spiegelgarden (located next to the Speigeltent) offers fringer-goers a place to sit & relax, take in the sites & sounds, have something to eat, watch a movie, or even join in a jumbo game of chess or Jenga.

Friday & Saturday on the Fringe:

Whether you're new to Fringe or have gone the previous 5 years - come down to Parcel 5 on Friday or Saturday night (the 15th or 16) for this FREE "grand spectacular" show from Plasticiens Volants, a world-renowned French theatre company. "Featuring giant inflatables, this extraordinary show combines huge floating creatures with projected images, music, and pyrotechnics to tell an unforgettable story."

The Fringe Experience:

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the Rochesteriat

At the end of the day, it's not just about attending a performance, it's about being involved in an immersive experience, and most of the shows offer just that. Be open to trying new things, like the 3D Sound Experience in the Immersive Igloo, the Labyrinth at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, or the new Farm to Fringe! Just have fun and don't forget to occasionally refuel with some food & drink.

Enjoy the #rocfringe17 experience!

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and looks forward to the Fringe every year. Join the conversation on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.