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The Best Events At The 2016 London Fringe Festival (Ontario)

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Updated: 26 September 2016
Fringe festivals are popular in many major cities so it’s not surprising that a city like London, Ontario, whose arts scene is thriving in many ways, has one from May 31st until June 11th. For those who may not know what The London Fringe Festival is, it is a way for independent artists (both visual and performance based) to showcase their material in a prosperous and inclusive environment. If you’re still debating on whether you want to go and need a little more convincing, look no further!


The Performer Showcase

On the festivals opening night, drop by the Palace Theatre for the Performer Showcase to get some sneak peeks at some of the things you could see over the two weeks! Admission is by donation at the door. Still not sure on the event? If you show up, you can enter to win some pretty awesome prizes!

Event begins at 7:30 pm, May 31st

The Palace Theatre 710 Dundas St. London, Ontario, Canada

Jennifer Henriksen | Courtesy of London Fringe Festival

Jennifer Henriksen | Courtesy of London Fringe Festival

London Fringe Block Party

Held at two locations in London – either Dundas Street downtown or in Old East – this block party is a great place to spend your Saturday and is fun for the whole family! There will be music, vendors, artisans, children’s activities, and of course, food trucks, not to mention a few surprise events that might be thrown in… it’s a definite must-see!

Street Performer Seb Wipits | Courtesy of London Fringe Festival

Street Performer Seb Wipits | Courtesy of London Fringe Festival

Nuit Blanche

This has been a hit year after year and this time won’t be an exception! Nuit Blanche takes over Dundas Street with contemporary arts of many mediums, with never a dull moment to be seen. If it’s artsy, it will be there, and for one night only.

Jacob Mallett Courtesy of London Fringe Festival

Jacob Mallett | Courtesy of London Fringe Festival


Unlike most local theatres who only have one or two shows running, the Fringe has an abundance of shows spaced out over nine venues around the downtown core. Prefer comedy? They have that. Drama? That too. A one-person show? And that. Magic? You name it, they have it!  The shows feature performers from across Canada – and beyond.


For the kids

Got kids? They aren’t left out! While the recommended age of admission can be found in the program under each performance, there are quite a few events that will be especially intriguing for younger audiences. These include shadow theatre and puppetry (Curious Contagious and The Geography of Hope), and A Magic Show – though this will probably be fun for the whole family – and a play (A Tale of Two Tailors).



The visual art scene is always exciting. Stop by The Arts Project on Dundas Street to mingle among art and art lovers – and maybe even make a purchase! If you’re not busy on June 1st, stop by the exhibits opening to meet some of the artists themselves.

The ARTS Project 203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, Canada


Check out the performance schedule and program.

For tickets visit the Fringe website, visit an Info desk at The Palace Theatre or The ARTS Project, or call +1 519 434 0606