Fringe City and Family Picnic 2022

Get curious about England’s largest arts festival, and explore Brighton Fringe’s free, outdoor event on New Road: Fringe City. Expect an extravaganza of theatre, comedy, cabaret, circus, music, and dance on their outdoor stage from Brighton Fringe 2022 participants and explore everything Brighton Fringe has to offer.

Fringe City will take place on Saturday 7, 14, 21 & 28 May, plus a bank holiday bumper edition on 3 & 4 June, featuring a whole host of acts from events across Brighton Fringe: including circus, comedy, live music, cabaret and dance, running from 13:00 until 20:00. Tour the taps of our pop-up bar and enjoy offerings from some of Brighton’s best street-food traders. Every weekend will showcase those performing at Brighton Fringe, swing by to get a taste of what’s on and buy tickets from the pop-up box office. Fringe City itself is a non-ticketed, free event.

Each of the Fringe City events will host a variety of performances from Brighton Fringe participants as well as some familiar local faces. Brighton School of Samba will launch Fringe City on 7 May, the city’s original Rio samba school, bringing a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton. That evening, English Disco Lovers take to the stage for some serious disco and dance music, remember: ‘Don’t hate, gyrate!’.

Later in the month, expect show-stopping circus theatre from FitUp Productions, who have wowed the Fringe City crowds in previous years adding joy and hilarity to the festival with their travelling pop up trailer stage.

Brighton Fringe will also be hosting the Fringe Family Picnic at Pavilion Gardens for family-friendly fun. Enjoy a day out with the family at Pavilion Gardens for the Fringe Family Picnic on Saturday 7 May and 4 June from 12:00 until 16:00, for more family fun than you can shake a stick at. Expect family-friendly performances from a variety of events at Brighton Fringe 2022, games and activities suitable for all ages.


Bring the family along for two jam-packed Saturdays of pure entertainment. At both Family Picnic events, you can experience an interactive Storytime with Living Paintings, who give thousands of blind and partially sighted children the opportunity to borrow Touch to See books providing access to the visual world, all in Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens. Other acts include Fringe favourite Mr Pineapple Head, the silent clown, family-friendly folk-Americana group the Cheer Up Mollys and the not-to-missed HeadFirst Acrobats, with a snippet of their hilarious circus show for children and parents of all ages, following three foolish Neanderthals as they struggle to survive the harsh natural world.

To stay up to date with what’s on at Fringe City and the Family Picnic, head to https://www.brightonfringe.org/fringe-info/fringe-city/