Leap into an epic day of dance, music, theatre, acrobatics, circus and puppetry performances and join in the fun via interactive workshops (acrobatic comedy, anyone?) at the San Diego International Fringe Festival’s Family Fringe Day. Your budding artists will be in their element and leave inspired after witnessing the talents of local and global performers. Read on for the details on this free event that will surely delight your kids.

What is the Family Fringe Festival?
The festival introduces kids of all ages to the joys of live performance and visual art. A network of talented Fringe artists from all over the world and within the community bring together families to celebrate the wonder of creativity. The free festival will be held in Starlight Bowl. By attending, you’ll be helping bring new life to this historic open-air amphitheater that used to host the symphony and opera. The amphitheater is undergoing a rebirth through the nonprofit Save Starlight. It hopes to host many more local arts programs in the future.

Workshops: Get Interactive
Get your bodies moving throughout the day by participating in interactive workshops in dance, acro theatre and creative movement. The Fringe Festival challenges people to go beyond their comfort zones and try something new.

  • Test your flexibility as you create interesting shapes with your bodies as a family by working with the artistic group “Flight.”
  • Rally your whole clan into roaring laughter as you create interactive acrobatic comedy with “The Bossy Flyer” from Long Beach.

Performances: Jugglers, Acrobats and Dancers!
Be inspired by talented kid performers Jam Fusion, a local, award-winning rock band. The festival will also host a railroad themed magic show, circus acrobats, hip hop dancers, theatre and puppetry. Click here to see the day’s lineup of talent.

Activity Booths: Get Creative
At Fringetivity booths, explore your artistic side as you paint a rock, make a mask and learn to face paint. Take outrageous pictures together in the family photo booth. Don’t miss: The Flying Fringelo where you catapult the festival’s mascot toward a target. Hosted by San Diego Guild Of Puppetry and local artists.

Not Just for the Kids
Family Fringe day is part of the larger San Diego International Fringe Festival, designed to help provide a platform for artists while also helping the community boost arts and culture. The festival, in its 6th year, runs from June 21 – July 1.  It features homegrown talent, artists from across the U.S. and around the world. If you love the arts, there’s so much to check out: from theatre to cabaret to comedy to dance, film and spoken word. You’ll love that 100% of ticket proceeds goes to the artists. Click here for more information and tickets.

When: June 24, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Where: Starlight Bowl, (Balboa Park, next to SD Air & Space Museum)
2005 Pan American Plaza
San Diego Ca
Cost: Family Fringe Day is free
Online: sdfringe.org/family-fringe

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photos: Ron Logan

Have you been to the Fringe Festival? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

–Cherie Gough

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