Photo by Norm Shafer  

Photo by Norm Shafer


ShenFringe is over, Dear Ones. We'd love to hear about your experience! Take the short survey.

2 full days of shindigs, buskers, boutique performances, theatrical extravaganzas, gallery shows, and collaboration.

Shenandoah Fringe entices us to make, create, and encounter the work at the Festival not in spite of our many identities but in collaboration with them. We can be students and painters and refugees and baristas and mothers and mimes and waitresses and vaudevillians all in one without invalidating the others. Art is an economic force to be reckoned with. Let us not shy away from embracing it as our daily bread and not a luxury good.

2017 Hostage of Honor

We are so excited to welcome back to #ShenFringe, James Taylor, author of Shocked and Amazed! and keeper of vasty Americana vaudeville & sideshow knowledge. 

He's bringing his cabinets of curiosities from the former Palace of Wonders, his bookshop full of obscure tomes, and his fine facial hair to our event AND running a workshop or two on the history of sideshow and other gross/fascinating topics.


Shenandoah Fringe seeks to create a home for experimentation and risk taking for our region's diverse makers and performers. To take the burden of production off the shoulders of the artist and allow them to flex their muscles on the the work itself. This profit sharing festival- hosted on a Sunday & Monday- strives to be a trusted home for patrons to come and experience the wild and breathtaking offerings of the region’s performers. An annual assemblage for the strange and wondrous to live out in the open.

Photo by Norm Shafer 2016

Photo by Norm Shafer 2016

"A Sunday and Monday?!" you ask incredulously. "I could actually come to that!"

Yes, Dear Ones, we know that not everyone fulfills a Monday-Friday income identity and we are hoping to catch you in our web. We are also planning on Monday being the perfect day for schools to come to the festival on field trips with their ripe and ready brains all set for boggling.


Our beautiful and generous 2017 sponsors so far...