About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.

characters_showtimes

Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show. On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by Central gives you a serious head start.

characters_what_to_wear

What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

characters_choosing

Choosing a Show

With 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.

Minnesota Fringe - August 3-13, 2017
nav_arrow_white

twitter facebook facebook

Apply for the 2017 festival

Applications will be open until 5 p.m. Central on Friday, February 17, 2017

Apply Now

2016 Festival Archives

All encore performances took place at 8:30pm on Sunday, August 14th, 2016.

View the List of Encores

Shows by genre

Comedy
2015_genre_dance
2015_genre_different
2015_genre_drama
2015_genre_musical

Show Reviews

Snow Country


Talented Actors, Okay Script
The cast of this show was great. The script on the other hand was just okay. It didn't really feel like a complete story and I ended up not really caring about any of the characters. Still funny though!Reviewed by Mary Johnston on August 7, 2016

the place between


Wins the fringe!
This show made me smile and laugh in a genuine way. It was SO creative and well put together! magical.Reviewed by Milli Manchester on August 12, 2016

The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs


Headed to the pound....
Such a cute show! Really enjoyed it. We laughed and cried and now I need to adopt another dog....damn it!Reviewed by Connie Petersen on August 14, 2016

Find More Reviews

fringefilead
Metro Transit

Button Deals

erte

Erte

Half price appetizers, $1.00 off glass of house wine, rail drinks, and tap beer.

luce

Pizza Luce - Uptown

Receive 15% off purchase (Dine-in only)

redstag

Red Stag

Enjoy happy hour priced drinks anytime during the festival!

redstag

The Sheridan Room

Happy hour available all day!

View All Button Deals

Shows

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_aquastar_aqua

Ricochet

by Movement by RUTH

Barker Center  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_aquastar_aqua

BUSted

by Surprise Me! Productions

Rarig Arena  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purple

Orpheus and Eurydice

by Garden of Song Opera

Mixed Blood  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_aquastar_aqua

The Story of You and Me

by Lady Z Productions

SpringHouse  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purple

Circus McGurkus

by Mike's Brass

Barker Center  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purple

The Abortion Chronicles

by The Red Letter Society

Theatre in the Round  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purple

Lazy Eyed Geek

by The Theatre Cosmic

Strike Theater  

show image
star_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_purplestar_aqua

The Most Dangerous Game

by Sheep Theater

Southern  

View All Shows

characters_megapage
20160919