The big Fringe Festival 2016 party guide

There are plenty of exciting left-of-center shows going down. But there’s lots of parties too.

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Cassie Owens, Reporter/Curator

Fringe 2016 is here. The mega-festival began yesterday. This two-week stretch brims with lots of concept-driven and contemporary art, all worth seeing if you can squeeze it into your calendar. But this isn’t just a time for spectating. Fringe is a cool time to shake your ass, too.

We’re not limiting this list to events that are officially Fringe-affiliated, and we’ll also be continuously updating it, so if you have any tips, send an email.

Funkadelphia Presents: the Getter/Brainrack pre-party

Electronic producer Getter is in town for his Wat the Frick tour. How about an evening pre-party with no cover? Happy hour drinks will be available too.

Where: Milkboy at 401 South Street

When: September 10, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Late Nite Cabaret

This floating cabaret/bar offers a different show every night for 16 nights during Fringe. This year's theme? Marvel, as in comics, as in MARVELous, as in "It's a marvel we made it this far."

Where: 9 different venues at various spots around Philly

When: September 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to September 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go drinks — shows are free


Maggy’s Rooftop Aerial

This Fringe party will bring sweet, tropical sounds. But not too sweet. The night promises dancehall, hip hop and R&B.

Where: FringeArts at 140 North Columbus Boulevard

When: September 11, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free


DJ Jersey Dan

DJ Jersey Dan will be pulling from the vinyl deeps for this free party. Style of music? ✌️ Funk. ✌️

Where: FringeArts at 140 North Columbus Boulevard

When: September 15, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.

How much: Free


DJ E/\GLE

Most Philly af DJ name? Possibly. DJ E/GLE will be spinning a brew of club music, with sounds from Miami, NOLA, Jersey and B-More.

Where: FringeArts at 140 North Columbus Boulevard

When: September 17, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.

How much: Free


Shameless Saturdays

Local techno takes centerstage. The four resident DJs are Statum, Gummibear Roar and the duo Fold Theory.

Where: Medusa Lounge at 27 S 21st St

When: September 17, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to September 18, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Free