Kids Day

All-day fun for tots and tykes

Welcome to Kids Day at the Fringe!

Saturday, September 22 • Little Fringe. BIG fun.

An ENTIRE day devoted to the youngest fringers in downtown Rochester. Ready for a full day of kid-friendly events, shows, and activities the whole family can enjoy?


The 2017 sell-out fun hit returns. Back by pop and mom demand, it’s a big party for pint-size partiers at Disco Kids at Club Spiegeltent. Lights, music, and glow sticks! Welcome to Fringe’s not-so-silent disco.

Note: Disco Kids is not silent disco for kids. No headphones required. Only DJs. And loads and loads of fun.

Date: Saturday, Sept 22
Time: 11am - 12 noon
Ticket Price:  $6
Kids Aged 1 and under: Free
Venue: Spiegeltent



The fun continues after the wee boogie with the forever-popular Kids Chalk Art. Transform the Spiegelgarden into one giant, colorful canvas. We bring the chalk, you bring the creativity!

Time: 12 noon - 3pm
Cost: FREE
Ages: All busy little fingers with huge imaginations
Venue: Spiegelgarden


Pumpkins go to great lengths to become wildly imaginative creations at our super-creative, first-ever Pumpkin Painting jamboree. Turn our Spiegelgarden into a giant pumpkin patch, kids!

Time: 12 noon - 3pm
Cost: $5 per pumpkin (AND you get to take it home!)
Ages: All great pumpkins
Venue: Spiegelgarden


Run away and join the circus! A brand new Cirque du Fringe is in town with a family-friendly act under the big top. Two KIDS weekend matinees available. Appropriate for ages 5+.

Saturday, Sept 22 at 1:00pm
Doors: 30 minutes before showtime
Matinees appropriate for guests aged 5 and over.

(All evening shows appropriate for guests ages 13 and over.)
Venue: Spiegetlent


Please note: an additional family-friendly matinee will occur on Sat., Sept. 15 at 2:30pm.


It’s BACK. The excitement, the energy, the adrenaline-pumping action that is Fringe Street Beat returns. The best teams bring the moves. The DJ brings the beats.

Trials: 12pm - 2:00pm
Finals: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cost: FREE
Ages: All dance lovers
Venue: Gibbs Street


A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that is forever a Fringe favorite: the much-loved film THE GOONIES outdoors on a giant screen with our Silent Disco headphones.  Click here for our entire Pedestrian Drive-In Line-Up:…

More to see and do at Fringe on September 22

  • September 22 is the final day of Fringe, and our venues feature an amazing selection of shows for every interest.
  • Just in case you haven’t fringed enough, there’s FREE LIVE Music on Gibbs Street for ALL dancing feet.
  • And this Fringe fun means food truck breaks in the Spiegelgarden and on Gibbs Street. Discover the delicious side of Fringe.

Need some help planning your Fringe?

  • Did you know the KIDS FRINGE genre on our website has events all eleven days?
  • You can also search for shows throughout the Fringe lineup by filtering for age-appropriate events (i.e.: ALL, 5+, 13+, etc.).

You have many options to entertain the whole family. We’re thrilled Kids Fringe is one. Now, GO. Be a kid again.

Kids Day at Fringe. Nonstop fun for little ones (and parents) at new events and family favorites.

Shows at Kids Day

Cirque du Fringe: SideShow

The creators of last year’s sold-out smash hit, ECLECTIC ATTRACTION, invite you to take in the brand-new CIRQUE DU FRINGE: SIDESHOW, a fascinating blend of curiosities and feats of human performance inspired by the golden age of American circus. Part carnival midway, part speakeasy – with a dash of modern performance art SIDESHOW combines original live music, classic comedy, and death-defying acts presented by Ring Mistress Heidi and her slap-happy clown sidekick, Matt. "So wrong, they're hilarious." –

  • Length: 90 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Disco Kids

Back by popular demand. Big party for pint-size dance machines takes over the Spiegeltent. The next generation of club kids is here, popping and pouting up a storm. Disco Kids is a nonstop, fun-filled, dance extravaganza that is the talk of kid town. Lights, music, and glow sticks. Welcome to the Fringe's not-so-silent disco.

Mimosas and coffee will be available in the Spiegeltent Bar. (You’re welcome, mom and dad.) PLEASE NOTE: Disco Kids is not Silent Disco for kids. There are no headphones involved. Only DJs. And loads and loads of fun.

  • Length: 60 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Kids Fringe

Fringe Afternoon Tea

SOLD OUT FOR 2018. Indulge in an afternoon of pure delight in a truly spectacular setting. A classic tradition in the middle of Fringe featuring dainty finger sandwiches (crusts off) from Orange Glory, British-style scones, Hurd Orchards strawberry jam, lashings of clotted cream, and traditional pastries and cakes.

One lump or two? Join us for a cuppa. Napkins on laps and mind your manners. It's afternoon tea with a beautifully set table complete with proper china and all the trimmings. Delightfully posh with a definitive fringey twist. Tea for two. Tea for everyone. Pinkies up!

  • Length: 120 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Multidisciplinary

Other People's Shows

Other People’s Shows is part genius, part drunk parrot: smart comedy with a shot of shameless mockery. You pick a show out of the Fringe Guide, and Unleashed! Improv will perform its interpretation of it on the spot – inspired only by the show’s description. Fringe performers will finally get a chance to see their own shows! But that’s not all. In the spirit of borrowing other people’s material, the twisted team will also interact with the audience, staging hilarious contests, show-downs, and feats of comedy strength based on TV and film favorites. A huge hit at previous Fringes, this year’s late-night version in the spectacular Spiegeltent will be legendary!

  • Length: 80 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Comedy


SHOTSPEARE puts the “Lit” in Literature! Five sword-wielding actors, one lucky audience member, a ton of booze, the Wheel of Soliloquy, and an entire work of Shakespeare – all in 80 minutes. Equal parts bacchanal and classical theater, Shotspeare’s raucous adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET takes the world's most beloved playwright, soaks him in beer, and flips him on his head. You may know the Bard, but you’ve never experienced him like THIS, Rochester!

  • Length: 80 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Comedy

Silent Disco

The glamorous Spiegeltent will be filled once again with a giant dance party. But with a Fringe-y twist: you don’t hear a sound until you slip on a set of headphones. Wait! Is that Donna Summer on one channel, Calvin Harris on the second and Halsey on the third? A three-channel system and live DJs let you switch up your music at the touch of a button. Hugely popular at festivals like Bonnaroo and Burning Man, it’s an unforgettable experience you have to see – and not hear – to believe!

  • Length: 180 Minutes
  • Tickets: Required
  • Venue: Spiegeltent
  • Genre: Dance

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