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 by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing 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. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances 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 weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: 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 audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by a local establishment, 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 and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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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. 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.

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Choosing a Show

With hundreds of performances and dozens of shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

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

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying 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.

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Get Involved

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

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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!

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

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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By Theatre of Fools
Created by Lloyd Brant

Playing at Jungle Theater

Lloyd Brant's one-man comedy show, Fool's Medicine, proves that laughter is the best medicine. His pitch is the Emergency Clown Nose® that distills into a bottle the philosophy of healing through laughter.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up


Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

Read the reviews

Talk show

by Larry Ripp on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I was a little surprised that that "the fool" talked in this show. He's held my interest for years on stage without saying a word. Still, this big hearted show was very fine for folks who've never seen his stuff. It's a 5 for those people. So I gave him a 5. But for us who know and love Lloyd it was the fun of the seeing the tried and true. I tried to put myself in the newbies seat and was charmed and delighted with his message of hope,love and inclusion. Good medicine indeed.

When clowns talk, words matter

by Fringivitis Vulgaris on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This performer is a speaking clown who relies on metaphors and florid language, so I was dismayed when he committed to a "light is good, dark is bad" theme. Probably a sign of the actor's age and/or era when he learned storytelling. Classic clown stuff was pretty good. The performer understands that part of the craft. Persuading the audience members to join the show went over well, and didn't rely on humiliation for humor.


by Janis Emily Peabody on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

This guy is professional with a fun show. The more audience the more fun. There is interaction with audience but it feels safe and best of al. He has a message too!

Clown with a big heart.

by Bailey H. on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I was super excited to see this show; I've always loved Lloyd's performances at the Renaissance Festival. There was a lot of humor and heart in this show, but it wasn't quite as energetic as I've seen him do before. Still, all in all, a great show.


by Imawizard Notafighter on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Had a blast! A fun and entertaining show that has a positive message which is not laid on too thickly with a light-hearted performance.

Something charming

by Kelly M. on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

entertainment without the politics or dysfunctional moaning.

Sincere But

by Gene Bard on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This is a sincere statement/effort about what is going on with the people of our world and a show to point it out to the audience. I agree. It doesn't pull off as well as I would wish but many in the audience seemed to embrace it with enthusasm.

Cast and crew

No cast information provided.

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