Sydney’s Fringe Festival is back baby! For its 9th year in a row, the Fringe Festival is here to celebrate local artists, performers and hidden gems the city has to offer. From the 1st of September to the 30th of September the festival will be bringing the streets of Sydney to life.
With the festival being such a huge event, you’re probably wondering what you should check out. Luckily for you, we’ve made a list of the top 5 things on offer at the Fringe Festival for every type of individual, in no particular order.
1. For those who love a good laugh
Gen Fricker is a classic! Hilariously funny and relatable, Gen is a stand out comedian you don’t want to miss. With so many comedians to see this year, we recommend you take the time to check her out. We guarantee she’ll leave you in stitches, and the Herald Sun agrees, stating that, “Gen Fricker is a genius… hilariously, unapologetically weird.” With her dark comedy, unique personality and amazing stories, she’s a knock out comedian that we know you’ll love!
Where: The Factory Theater 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
When: Saturday 8th of September 8:15pm
Price: Only $10-$15
Age: 18+ recommendation
2. For smaller humans
Got kids? If you’re kids like to pick the pots, pans and a wooden spoons up at home and make some questionable noises, then you’re going to want to take them to see Junkyard Beats. Their Box Show is here at the Fringe Festival as household items become musical instruments. Cardboard Boxes and junk are used to create some amazing sounds for your little ones to enjoy. This show is perfect for the kids to not only get them up dancing, but to also inspire their creative side. Watch as plastic bags and other junk are transformed into instruments. This show is sure to keep the whole family entertained, even the parents!
Where: Dance Hub Pact at 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville 2043
When: 22nd of September to the 29th of September
Price: Free for children under 2. Children aged 3-10 can grab concession tickets. General admission: $31, Concession: $26
3. The Triple Threat
Kensington Street Block Party
Music, art and food – a magical combination. If these three things are what you’re all about, then you’re not going to want to miss the Eats Beats and Street Block party. On the 8th of September from 3pm to 8pm, Kensington Street is closed to put on a wonderful display of live street art, pop up bars, unique buskers and tunes from some of Sydney’s stand out DJ’s, ranging from Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Not to forget, there will be plenty of food with restaurants including Eastside Kitchen + Bar, Olio Kensington Street and many more providing the best of the best.
Where: Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
When: 8th of September 3pm-8pm
4. If you’re fan of Cabaret
Musical Theatre Night
If like us you love music and musical theater, then we recommend this show! The Fringe Festival is hosting a music event to showcase some of the underrated and underappreciated songs performed by leading composers from Broadway. The festival is bringing together some of Sydney’s most talented emerging performers for an amazing night. Join Little Triangle, whose main goal is to showcase theatrical productions that they feel aren’t performed as much as they should be. They aim to challenge their audience and to help grow the musical theater audience, particularly among the younger generation. It’s different, unique and represents everything that the fringe festival is all about.
Where: Seymour Centre Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale
When: 20th – 22nd of September 7pm – 8:15pm
Price: Adult: $27, Concession: $22
5. Explore your wild side
Kensington Street Dining Event
After one whole month of entertainment, there is no better way to end the festival than by going to the Fringe’s Last Supper Event. Going back to Kensington Street, The Fringe Festival invites us to celebrate all things fun, wild and crazy. On the 30th of September from 5pm, you can see fire performers, snake charmers and rain dancers! You’re encouraged to go wild and embrace your inner “bacchanal”. With Kensington Street’s 12 restaurants open, there will be an abundance of food. We recommend grabbing an Asian street food delight from Spice Alley.
But that’s not all!
For those wanting to go a little extra with their dining experience, you can join The Last Super Tables. For one night only, Olio, Eastside, Mekong and Bistro Gavroche will be providing an exclusive supper for those lucky enough to grab a ticket. Get in early as tickets are limited. The session times available are 5pm and 7pm. With a beautiful three course meal under the stars, what more could you want? This one night only supper is all about creating a feast and immersing your senses. There will also be surprises along the way!
When: 30th of September, 6pm-10pm
Where: Kensington Street, Chippendale, NSW
Price: Free entertainment + Last Supper Dinner Table tickets start from $65