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176 shows * 16 venues * Minnesota’s festival of performing arts * August 1–11, 2013

Join Fringe for our 21st birthday party!

We'll be celebrating our ascent into adulthood and marking the executive director transition between Robin Gillette and Jeff D. Larson on September 25, and we'd love to have you join us! In addition to free (!) and unlimited (!!) Summit beer, the evening will feature performances by festival favorites Joseph Scrimshaw, Tom Reed and Les Kurkendaal. Fringe's board of directors will be providing birthday-themed baked goods for sale. Tickets are limited, so get yours now!

Wednesday, September 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
Tickets - $40 and include free snacks and unlimited Summit beer


Holy cow, what a fantastic festival that was!

49,991 tickets, 895 performances, 11 days.

Thanks to everyone who made this magic possible - without the incredible community of artists, audiences, volunteers, staff, press, donors, sponsors, venues and more that we're lucky to have here, we'd be nothing.

My Fringe 5

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Share your picks for this year's festival. Whether it's best bets, the most intriguing descriptions or shows you just can't wait to see, sign up for My Fringe to make your My Fringe 5!

Rita Pray: RP's Must Sees

Something different


Presented by Dance & Other Behaviors

Rita says… Totally original concept, great choreography and music, talented performers, quality staging and costuming---based on preview and early rehearsal peeks, this is a fascinating and well-rehearsed show.


A Woman's Works

Presented by Threads Dance Project

Rita says… Threads portrays meaningful themes--good dancing in past shows predicts a strong show.


Dialogue From The Attic

Presented by Transcribing Dance Company
U of M Rarig Proscenium  

Rita says… This looks like a meaningful collaborative project. And it's dance.



Presented by Alternative Motion Project

Rita says… Another dance show that has more than just dance---I like the eclectic look.

Musical theater

CIRCE: A Musical Odyssey

Presented by Burnt Nightingale Productions

Rita says… An intriguing premise, and music too!

About Rita

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
45-54 years old
Lives in... Out-of-state
Favorite genre: Dance

Fringe in the news

It was a totally, completely 100% GORGEOUS day yesterday and still hordes of people agreed to go inside, where there is no sunlight, and watch theater. There is something wrong with us. Still, given the quality of the work I saw yesterday, it seems entirely worth it.

— Paul de Cordova, Minnesota Playlist, August 4

As first weekends at the Fringe Festival go, this one came off big. Most of the shows I saw were sold out or close to it. My random picks were mostly as satisfying as the my a priori choices. Even the shows I expected to be terrible were pleasant surprises.

— Rob Callahan, Vita.MN, August 4

Since its beginnings in 1994, when the Minnesota Fringe Festival was born, hosting a few dozen shows for a total profit of $37, the festival has grown to be one of the signature events in the country — and the biggest week and a half in Twin Cities theater.

— Ed Huyck, City Pages, July 31

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