Submissions to 2016 Fringe open Wednesday


The process to submit a show to the 2016 Rochester Fringe Festival will open Wednesday, March 16, beginning 9 a.m., online only at The submission window will close at midnight on Saturday, April 30.

Producers, artists, and arts organizations can submit a show of any genre for consideration at any of the Fringe's venues. Those venues will then book their own lineups for the Fringe -- the Fringe itself only curates headliners and free entertainment. There is no fee to apply. But once a show is accepted and a contract is finalized with the venue, there is a registration fee: For venues with 99 seats or less, the fee is $50 for a single performance or series of free shows, and $75 for multiple, ticketed performances. For venues with more than 99 seats, registration fees are $100 (for a single performance) or $150 (for multiple performances).

The Fringe will host a submission launch party Wednesday, March 16, at Black Button Distilling (85 Railroad Street), from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those interested in applying a show for the Fringe can learn more.

The 2016 Rochester Fringe Festival will take place Thursday, September 15, through Saturday, September 24. For more information, check out