It’s time to get excited about the fourth annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival! There will be lots of amazing shows with an amazing number of professional performers coming to the Northside from all over the U.S. And there will still be many amazing local performers! For 2017, the Festival has new venues, a new storytelling event that anyone can sign up for, and they have added visual art!
Fringes are unjuried theatre festivals featuring mostly performance art – from traditional theater to puppetry to spoken word. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival supports adventurous and exploratory performing artists, in the Fringe tradition, by showcasing their unjuried artistic expression in a professional environment to equally as adventurous audiences and opportunities.
The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will be held Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2. For a full schedule of the performances, visit the Pittsburgh Fringe 2017 Shows webpage. This year, the Northside venues that will be used for the Fringe Festival performances and the Fringe Visual Arts are:
- Allegheny City Brewery, 507 Foreland Street
- Allegheny Inn, 1010 Cedar Avenue
- Alphabet City, 40 West North Avenue
- Artists Image Resource, 518 Foreland Street – AIR Fringe Central for 2017
- James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland Street
- New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East
- Randyland, 1501 Arch Street
- St. Mary’s Lyceum, 910 Chestnut Street
Can You Volunteer?
The Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is run entirely by volunteers, and they need your help! As a non-profit organization, the Festival relies on the kind hearts and strong shoulders of those who love the Fringe. They are looking for outgoing, dependable and friendly candidates to usher, scan tickets, help with production and pre-production activities, and generally fill in wherever an extra hand is needed. To find some of the ways that you can help, view the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Volunteer webpage