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Minnesota Fringe 2012 : August 2 - August 12 : Minneapolis + St. Paul

Practical information

Show times

All shows are 45 to 60 minutes long. All Fringe shows start—and end—on time.

There is no late seating.

There is a 30-minute break between performances. Performances begin every evening at 5:30, 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are performances at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m.; and on Fri., Aug. 10, there's a 4:00 p.m. show.

and parking

Each venue page will give you an idea of how to get around by car, bike, MetroTransit or on foot.

Please include travel time in your plans. Summer is construction season and while we sympathize with getting stuck in traffic, there is no late seating, no matter what snags you hit along the way.

Information desk

Every day of the festival, you can find the information desk in the lobby of Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls). Info desk services include: Reservations, multi-show pass sales, and lost and found.

Monday–Friday: 4–8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: Noon–8 p.m.

What to wear

Fringe is a casual affair: T-shirts and shorts are welcome and encouraged. All Fringe venues are air conditioned but it's still summer—so comfort is key!

Need help?

At the venues, look for the folks in the volunteer and staff T-shirts. They can help with everything from tickets to pointing you toward the nearest bathroom.

Staff and volunteers are standing by daily to answer any questions in person at the festival information desk at Intermedia Arts (link to venue page). They can help you make reservations or sell multi-show passes.

You can also email us at info@fringefestival.org if you need further assistance.


All photography and video-recording is prohibited during Fringe shows, except by authorized Fringe staff.


Remember to turn off all cell phones and other devices that beep, boop or glow. Even if you turn a phone on silent, the screen can be very bright—so, please, no texting either.

Even if you whisper, your voice will carry in a theater. Please respect the artists and your fellow audience members by saving conversations for the end of the show.


Our 400+ volunteers are a huge part of Fringe—we love them dearly and reward them with free tickets. If you’d like to volunteer, check out Fringe's volunteer page for loads more information.


Minnesota Fringe strives to be accessible to everyone, so we present a line-up of audio described and American Sign Language-interpreted shows.

All venues are accessible for those with mobility impairments. If you need help with accommodations, don’t hesitate to ask someone in a staff or volunteer shirt.

Get all Fringe’s accessibility information—including the schedules for AD and ASL services at shows.

Minnesota Association of Community Theatres has a recorded schedule available at (612) 332-3888.

Advance reservation fees are waived for patrons using ASL and AD services.

Audience Pick performances

The final performance time of the festival—8:30 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 12—is reserved for each venue’s top-selling show. This is an excellent way to catch a show that’s been sold out or to get a final chance to see one of the festival’s more popular offerings.

Audience Pick awards are announced by 11 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 11 at Fringe Central, in our email newsletter and on fringefestival.org.

More Fringes

Minnesota Fringe is a proud leader in the United States Association of Fringe Festivals, a group of 15 Fringes in the U.S. Several shows in this year's festival will be making appearances at other fringes across the country.

Be a Fringe artist!

If you're interested in producing a show at the 2013 Fringe, watch for our application on our website in mid-November, with a due date in late January, 2013. Festival dates will be August 1-11, 2013. Fringe's lineup is determined by lottery, so anyone can participate regardless of background or experience. As long as your show is between 45 and 60 minutes and you can set up in less than ten minutes, you have a shot at being a Fringe producer. It's as easy as that!