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.



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.


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.


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.

2017 Wait list

  1. Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions
  2. Pat O'Brien
  3. Nancee Magistad
  4. Rogues Gallery Arts
  5. Theatre Elision
  6. Two Drinks In
  7. Persistent Theatre Productions
  8. Paper Soul
  9. SaMi Productions
  10. Vaky Vaky
  11. Lumos
  12. Really Spicy Opera
  13. Adrienne Peters
  14. Octoprof
  15. The Rachel Teagle Effect
  16. Jim Loucks
  17. Moon-Eyed Owl
  18. Lamplighter Theatre
  19. Spike Tape Productions
  20. Tim Motley
  21. Bad Sushi Entertainment
  22. Philip Simondet Productions
  23. Buzz Off, Lucille
  24. Fancy Picnic Productions
  25. Paradox Productions
  26. Beardog Productions
  27. David Boyle
  28. Spokane Aerial Performance Arts
  29. The Orchard Theater Collective
  30. Hannah Starr
  31. The Adventures of Les Kurkendaal
  32. Backstreet Carnival
  33. Blinking Eye Theatre
  34. Waxen Wings Productions
  35. Taming Dragons
  36. ASA Theater Collective
  37. A Girl Named Bill Productions
  38. Wild Rosemary Theater
  39. Puppet Work
  40. Parachute Players
  41. Commutator Collaborative
  42. Theater Flombeii
  43. Zip tie Theater Company
  44. Michael Rogers
  45. Daredevil Chicken
  46. Midnight Pendulum Productions
  47. Glitterbear Disco
  48. Wayward Theatre Company
  49. MDK Productions
  50. wabi-sabi
  51. GT Artistry
  52. Evanoah Productions
  53. The Fourth Wall
  54. LiRa Dance Theater Company
  55. Lindsay Forsythe
  56. AJW Productions
  57. The Drollery
  58. We Look Good in Brown
  59. Watch the Audience
  60. Black Market Doctor
  61. Theatre Unbound
  62. GREEN LINE Theatre Company
  63. Mystery Cafe
  64. Betamaxim
  65. Christopher Kehoe
  66. RPD Productions
  67. Foxhill Studios
  68. Grey Weather Theater
  69. Cult of Presidents
  70. The Liberated Bloc
  71. Laura Packer, storyteller
  72. The Hnossa Project
  73. Tristan Miller Co
  74. Fearless Comedy Productions
  75. Theatre Corrobora
  76. Kruger-Bogle
  77. Pamela Ziemann
  78. Lupiction Productions
  79. Rachel Petrie
  80. Animal Engine
  81. Teresa Mock and Mark Sweeney Present
  82. Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
  83. Special When Lit
  84. Nice Ankles
  85. Applause Community Theatre
  86. Romanian Swamp Donkey Productions
  87. HT Productions
  88. Dilettante
  89. Davis & Duke Theater Company
  90. RASA (Re-Presenting Arts of South Asia)
  91. 1970
  92. Deep Bus
  93. Joseph Price
  94. BERW Productions
  95. Cats and Rap
  96. Monster Science Productions
  97. Antic Productions
  98. Up in the Attic Productions
  99. Stardust Productions
  100. Quick Question Productions
  101. Erinn Liebhard + Dancers
  102. Johnny Daydreaming
  103. Damn Kids Productions
  104. Literally Entertainment Productions
  105. Chad Filley Productions
  106. The Gay Trauma Archives
  107. Mothership Theater Company
  108. La Crosse Community Theatre
  109. Express Theatre Company
  110. Halie Bahr
  111. Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
  112. Chekhov's Gun Productions
  113. Ass N Sass Cabaret
  114. Entropy
  115. Lady Z Productions
  116. The Farmers Wives
  117. Clayton Storyteller
  118. Howard Petrick
  119. Mainly Me Productions
  120. Kiosk Theater
  121. Blackout
  122. Green Sea Productions
  123. Moontide Productions
  124. Okay to Play
  125. Mission Theatre Company
  126. Average Old Guy Productions
  127. Funchmo Productions
  128. Late Night Brunch Productions
  129. Curbside
  130. Bollywood Dance Scene
  131. make theatre
  132. Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre
  133. Straightened Nails Theatre
  134. Red Dice Collective
  135. Banned Art Collective
  136. HatMan Productions
  137. WayWord WordSmiths Podco.
  138. InnerVoice
  139. R-WIT Productions
  140. Sidecar Theatre
  141. Kale Productions
  142. Wordsworth Ink
  143. Jeremy Schaefer
  144. Wild Blue
  145. The Ensemble Theatre Company
  146. Nefarious Laboratory
  147. Verge Theatre
  148. Green Street
  149. Jena Young Productions
  150. Passion Toggle Productions
  151. Life-sized Meme Productions
  152. Skyscraper Productions
  153. The Kansas Diaspora
  154. N/A (I am a solo artist and this production is not affiliated with a specific company. If you absolutely need a name you can list it as "Smoke Rings Theatre")
  155. Thought Bubble Productions
  156. SPNP Tech
  157. Captain Heck's Projects
  158. The Salvage Project
  159. Good Evening Theatre Company
  160. JRW Theatre
  161. The World Crime League
  162. C.O. Lynn Productions
  163. TheatreX
  164. The Coldharts
  165. Le Lunez LLC
  166. Word Sprout
  167. Kittenbritches
  168. Phalen Place Productions
  169. Jackdonkey Productions
  170. Joanna Shaw Flamm
  171. Tiger Entertainment
  172. Emerald Condor Productions
  173. CREO DanceVERVE: Twin Cities
  174. Doomkitten Productions
  175. Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer
  176. Double Backbone
  177. Burntail Arts
  178. Central Standard Theatre
  179. Shadow Horse Theatre LLC.
  180. Pangea World Theater
  181. MaddeBelle Productions
  182. Jaded Optimist Productions
  183. FTG Drama
  184. Graber Productions
  185. The Crude Mechanicals
  186. Brokenwing Productions
  187. New West Productions
  188. Abas Theatre Company
  189. First Person Theater
  190. Hero Year Productions
  191. Eduardo Productions
  192. Artem Yatsunov
  193. Glowing Ember
  194. The Whole Nine Yards
  195. Steve Berglund
  196. Jeffrey Peterson Dance
  197. Boathouse Productions
  198. Sandbox Theatre
  199. Bill Santiago
  200. Elaine Phillips
  201. Camelot Productions
  202. Pair of Animals
  203. Grand Island Company
  204. Melody Mendis Music LLC
  205. slow/soft/late
  206. Terraform Theatre
  207. Dancing Ink Productions
  208. C.S.O.C.
  209. Sunlight Initiative
  210. The BODs
  211. tds
  212. Iris Papyrus Productions
  213. Everything You Want... Right Now!
  214. Myswyken Salad Theatre Company
  215. Clara Elser
  216. Paige Collette & Rachel Austin
  217. Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  218. Ben San Del Presents
  219. Amy Anderson