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.

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. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 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.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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 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. 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.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 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.

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 go live mid-November on this website. 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.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

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!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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.

Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.

Rules

For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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William Weisert and Brenda Cornelius

$500-$999

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Linda Larson
Caroline Toll and Nick Vetter

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Joshua Campbell
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Mary Dew and David Miller
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Corrinne Fiedler
Lisa Fix
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Robin Gillette
Debra Glassman
Keith Halperin and Karen Grabon
Christine and Bob Gordon
Matt Hanzlik
William Hanzlik
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Jennifer Jaszczak
Jeff Kaisershot
Chad Kampe
Kathy Kim
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Trisha Kirk
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Tim Kramer
Robb Krueger
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Peter Larson
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Ronald Laudner
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Julie and Scott London
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Dr. Phillip and Maureen Low
Bernie and Karen McGarrigle
Danna and Joel Mirviss
Betsy Morgan
Dawn Mori
Roger Nieboer
Charlene Paulson
Kyle and Katie Pederson
Patrick Pfundstein
Stephen Phillipps
Daniel Pinkerton and Jane Johnston
Tony, Annie and Kitta Riley
Charles Rodby
Andy and Sara Ruff
Jim Rustad
Jennifer and Edwin Ryan
Paul and Pat Sackett
Elizabeth Schmieg
Sarah Schneeberger
Barbara and Robert Scott
Alex Seymour
Lisa Sinclair
Cameron and Michele Skold
Edward Sostek
Sally and George Sotos
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Karen Spruth
Marcia and John Stout
Jan Stroup
Keith Thorkelson
Michael Torsch
Steven Vincent and Jill Weese
Shelby Weinhagen
Suzanne Weinstein and Daniel Levey
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Thomas Wilder
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Jozef Zebediah
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Kim Beyer
Beth Bird
Harmony Blakeway
Leo Stephen Borer
Steve Boyd-Smith
Frank Braun
Daniel Burton
Carolyn Caba
Julia Carlis
Katie Cheney
Robert Christensen
Geoffrey Conklin
Heidi and Brian Corcoran
Josh Cragun
Norma Crockett
Sarah Currier
Katherine Dalager
Mikayla Daub
Jodi Davis
Beverlee Decoux
Laura Delavie
Alexander Dewar
Richa Dolia
Phillip Drexler
Debora Drower
Daniel DuHamel
Georgia Duncan
Alicia Dunham
Suzanne Durkacs
Susan Einspar
John and Amelia Engberg
Maureen and David Engelhardt
Allan Erbsen
Matthew Everett
Nate Farley
Ian Felton and Jennifer Buege
Steve Ferree
Jessica Fiala
Rachel Flynn
Whitney-Lehr Flynn
David Frank and Wendy Holmes
Mark Franko and Greg Geiger
Jeff Friedl and Carla Steen
Bill Gaupp
Alice Gebura
Susanne Gens
Maria Ghassemlou
Mark and Karen Goldberg
Robert Goudy
Marcella and David Grandpre
Linda Griffith
Monica Gross
Virginia Haggart
Donald Hale
Catherine Hansen
Thomas Hara
Maureen Harms
Richard Hendrickson
Mary Hoelscher
Kate Hoff and Bob Weidman
Pamela Holt
Kathy Honer
Kevin Houle and Heather Freeman
Sharon Irish
Ann Jalonen
Bradley Johnson
Charles Johnson
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Tom Johnson
Jamil Jude
Melissa Kaercher
Phyllis and Donald Kahn
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Curtis Klotz
Katie Knutson
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Norm Kunselman
Peter Larson
Sally and Jay Lieberman
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Allegra Lingo
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