Friday & Saturday on the Fringe

FREE. Outdoor. Spectacular. Spectacle.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Extra show added at 10pm on Saturday.

Friday & Saturday on the Fringe

Featuring Plasticiens Volants in

Pearl: Secrets of the Sea


A FREE grand spectacular celebration downtown at Parcel 5 (next to One East Ave), with food, drink, and new entertainment options both days—including buskers and other street performers ahead of each night’s performance by Plasticiens Volants.

Today’s Schedule

5:00pm - Site Opens: DJ ha-MEEN, food trucks, street performers, and more!

8:00pm - Sea creatures depart East & Chestnut, beginning their voyage to Parcel 5

8:20pm - Pearl: Secrets of the Sea reaches Parcel 5

9:30pm - DJ ha-MEEN rocks Parcel 5

10:00pm -  *New* additional performance of Pearl: Secrets of the Sea at Parcel 5

Pearl: Secrets of the Sea

Captivating the world on a grand scale for 40 years with its jaw-dropping form of spectacular street theatre, world renowned French company Plasticiens Volants returns to the Fringe this year in Pearl: Secrets of the Sea. Featuring giant inflatables, this extraordinary show combines huge floating, underwater creatures with dramatic lighting and music to tell an unforgettable story. Are you awake? Or dreaming?

Renowned worldwide, this outdoor performing arts spectacle made its U.S. debut at Rochester Fringe in 2017 to an enthralled audience of more than 20,000 festival goers. Using their giant inflatable puppets, Plasticiens Volants’ two performances will begin with a promenade down Chestnut Street and East Avenue, as the creatures swim to Parcel 5, where a dramatic story involving a gigantic sea serpent, an enormous octopus, and a precious pearl will unfold for audiences of all ages.

How to Enjoy Plasticiens Volants in
Pearl: Secrets of the Sea

The show is an immersive aerial experience and will occur above and around attendees. Catch the creatures as they begin their “swim” down the street when they begin at East and Chestnut.  They will soon find a home at Parcel 5.

Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be standing, walking, and becoming part of the show beneath these spectacular giant inflatables. Get your smartphones out and tag us with #rocfringe19.  We want to see your WOW.

In order to protect the safety of the performers and spectators, lawn chairs will NOT be allowed on Parcel 5. There will an area for lawn chairs in a separate, dedicated place away from the immediate performance space for everyone’s safety. Courtesy seating in bleachers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with special consideration for those in need.

DJ ha-MEEN rocks Parcel 5 with the city’s biggest dance party!

This master mixer from Ithaca makes dance floors pump with his unique blend of Classic Hip Hop, R&B, Funk n’ Soul, House, Salsa, Boogaloo, Dancehall, Reggaeton, Bboy/Bgirl Breaks, and other miscellaneous funkiness. Catch him before Plasticiens Volants from 5-8pm, and following Pearl until 10:30pm.

Additional Information

U.S. Premiere Tour! / FREE! / All ages

Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14

Site opens at 5pm with music, street performances, and more!
Plasticiens Volants begins at 8pm at East & Chestnut, and arrives at Parcel 5 at 8:20pm. the first show ends at approximately 9:15pm.  An additional show on Saturday will occur at 10pm.  This second show ends at 11pm.


Parcel 5 - Next to 1 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604

Food & Drink

Grab a bite from our outstanding food trucks and a drink from one of the Fringe bars. Please, no outside coolers allowed.


Parking is available at surface lots and garages. See the festival map for suggested parking locations.


In the event of inclement weather, please look for announcements and updates at and Fringe Social on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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