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Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016

It’s that time of year again, when Melbourne Fringe Festival fascinates us with all things art.

Now in its 34th year, the independent multi-arts festival is recognised as Melbourne’s longest running and most popular arts festival, as well as the second largest in Australia, second to Adelaide Fringe.

No longer seen as the city’s ‘wild and whacky’ alternative festival, Melbourne Fringe has evolved into something accessible to all. This year especially, Melbourne Fringe will reach even more of the community with its most family friendly program yet.

An incredible 2016 program offers 450 events this September, including an extensive program of both free and ticketed events for kids and families.


Fringe Festival Family Friendly Highlights

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Kids Club: kid friendly shows at kid friendly times throughout the September school holidays. Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October

Comic Chaos: kids drawings, ideas and inspiration are transformed into one giant comic book. Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October, 10.30am – 12

Dance the Pacific: a workshop for kids that adventures to tropical Tahiti and uncovers the art of Polynesian dance. Tuesday 27 September, 12.30pm

Shake, Shimmy, Shim, Sha Bam!: kids and parents put their dancing shoes on and party. Thursday 29 September, 12.30pm

Stating School: the family whole family journeys back to the golden age through songs. Friday 30 September, 12.30pm

Fringe Footy Club: an AFL Grand Final special featuring comedy, clowning and physical theatre. 12.30 Saturday 1 October


“This year, Melbourne Fringe invites you to look at the world in a new light, to see yourself and our city like you’ve never seen it before. Join us on an adventure of discovery and rediscovery.”

Image: Boardwalk Republic - courtesy of artnewportal.com

Image: Boardwalk Republic – courtesy of artnewportal.com


Melbourne Fringe Festival offers a full range of arts, including theatre, music, film, performance arts, fine art, furniture design, comedy, cabaret, digital arts and circus arts. The shows and exhibits are produced independently by established, emerging and amateur artists and registered with the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

A huge variety of venues around the city host events with popups in public spaces, galleries, theatres and museums, as well as bars, clubs and other unexpected places.

The festival’s home, the Melbourne Fringe Hub, is located in North Melbourne and encompasses the North Melbourne Town Hall, Lithuanian Club, the Czech Club, the Comic’s Lounge, Arthur’s Circus, Australia Post North Melbourne, Town Hall Hotel and Meat Market.

  • Click here for school holiday events
  • To browse full program, click here
  • Try this Feel Tool to help you navigate the 2016 program. The intuitive tool suggests events based on mood and emotions.

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