Charm City Fringe Festival returns to Baltimore

Ten-day festival promises joyous reunion for Baltimore's artistic community after pandemic hiatus.

After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, Charm City Fringe is
thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of the Charm City Fringe Festival from
September 29 to October 8, 2023. This year’s festival promises to be a reunion for the

Just as reunions bring friends from the past together to relive cherished memories, the 2023 Charm City Fringe Festival aims to reunite the Baltimore theater community and recruit new faces to rekindle Baltimore’s live theater scene. Festival attendees can expect a lineup of 13 talented artists spanning various genres, and off-hours events like a Drag Brunch, and a free-to-the-public launch party. With over a week of shows at multiple venues throughout the Bromo Arts District, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Full cast final bow, Theresa Columbus’ ‘8 Short Plays.’ Photo courtesy of Charm City Fringe.

Highlights of the 2023 Charm City Fringe Festival include:

  • Diverse Performances: Over 10 days, audiences can immerse themselves in an array
    of performances, from theater and dance to music and more. The festival lineup showcases emerging and established talent.
  • Free Public Event: In addition to ticketed shows, the festival will offer a free public
    launch party on Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 PM at Le Mondo (406 N Howard St).
    It will be a great place to preview the shows, meet the Charm City Fringe community, and soak in Baltimore’s artistic community.
  • Ticket Bundles: Charm City Fringe has exciting ticketing packages for attendees
    looking to see multiple shows. These bundles offer extra perks and savings for those
    who want to make the most of their festival experience.
  • Local Business Partnerships: Local businesses have partnered with the festival to
    offer discounts and promotions to festival-goers, making it a city-wide celebration.
  • Discover Bromo: Performances will take place in various venues across the Bromo Arts
    District, offering attendees the chance to explore the city and discover new spaces.
  • Join the Fun: We encourage all attendees to embrace the “High School Reunion” spirit
    by dressing up in high school nostalgia garb. Whether it’s a varsity jacket, prom dress, or your best combat boots and black lipstick combo, add an extra layer of fun to the festival as we relive the past and celebrate the present.

Ticket Information: For more information on festival passes and ticket bundles, the festival schedule, and participating artists, please visit

Charm City Fringe looks forward to welcoming everyone back to this long-awaited reunion and meeting new faces. This festival is not just a celebration of the arts; it’s a celebration of the Baltimore community’s spirit and resilience.

2023 Charm City Fringe Festival Lineup

  • 50 Shades of Gay: 8th Anniversary by Ike Avelli
  • Arson 101 by Kaylin and Levani
  • Law & Order B.I.G. by Michael Harris
  • Spank Bank Time Machine by John Michael
  • Welcome to Splitsville by Matthew Sadowski
  • Flurpa! by Rufus Drawlings
  • Baal & Dix by Die Cast
  • Who Gave Sylvia the Bottle? by Josh Wilder
  • Alas, Confederates by Lights, Theatre, Action!
  • The Galaxy Brain Experience by Joe Cahill
  • 1973 Dodge Monaco Station Wagon by 25th Prime
  • The Devil Within by Theatrical Mining Company
  • Tweets You Can Hold: A Fashion Presentation by Jacob Zabawa, Theresa Columbus, Izaak Collins, Francisco Benavides, Luu Pham

About Charm City Fringe:
Charm City Fringe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing, showcasing, and
celebrating new and innovative theater and performing arts in Baltimore. Through its annual festival and year-round programming, Charm City Fringe provides a platform for artists to connect with audiences and fosters a vibrant arts community.


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