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. Black Sheep
  76. Theatre Corrobora
  77. Kruger-Bogle
  78. Pamela Ziemann
  79. Lupiction Productions
  80. Rachel Petrie
  81. Animal Engine
  82. Teresa Mock and Mark Sweeney Present
  83. Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
  84. Special When Lit
  85. Nice Ankles
  86. Applause Community Theatre
  87. Romanian Swamp Donkey Productions
  88. HT Productions
  89. Dilettante
  90. Davis & Duke Theater Company
  91. RASA (Re-Presenting Arts of South Asia)
  92. 1970
  93. Deep Bus
  94. Joseph Price
  95. BERW Productions
  96. Cats and Rap
  97. Monster Science Productions
  98. Westie Woman Productions
  99. Antic Productions
  100. Up in the Attic Productions
  101. Stardust Productions
  102. Quick Question Productions
  103. Erinn Liebhard + Dancers
  104. Johnny Daydreaming
  105. Damn Kids Productions
  106. Literally Entertainment Productions
  107. Chad Filley Productions
  108. The Gay Trauma Archives
  109. Mothership Theater Company
  110. La Crosse Community Theatre
  111. Express Theatre Company
  112. Halie Bahr
  113. LandmanLand
  114. Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
  115. Chekhov's Gun Productions
  116. Ass N Sass Cabaret
  117. Entropy
  118. Lady Z Productions
  119. The Farmers Wives
  120. Clayton Storyteller
  121. Howard Petrick
  122. Mainly Me Productions
  123. Kiosk Theater
  124. Blackout
  125. Green Sea Productions
  126. Moontide Productions
  127. Okay to Play
  128. Mission Theatre Company
  129. Average Old Guy Productions
  130. Funchmo Productions
  131. Late Night Brunch Productions
  132. Curbside
  133. Bollywood Dance Scene
  134. make theatre
  135. Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre
  136. Straightened Nails Theatre
  137. Red Dice Collective
  138. Banned Art Collective
  139. HatMan Productions
  140. WayWord WordSmiths Podco.
  141. InnerVoice
  142. R-WIT Productions
  143. Sidecar Theatre
  144. Kale Productions
  145. Wordsworth Ink
  146. Jeremy Schaefer
  147. Wild Blue
  148. The Ensemble Theatre Company
  149. Nefarious Laboratory
  150. Verge Theatre
  151. Green Street
  152. Jena Young Productions
  153. Passion Toggle Productions
  154. Life-sized Meme Productions
  155. Skyscraper Productions
  156. The Kansas Diaspora
  157. 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")
  158. Thought Bubble Productions
  159. SPNP Tech
  160. Captain Heck's Projects
  161. The Salvage Project
  162. Good Evening Theatre Company
  163. JRW Theatre
  164. The World Crime League
  165. C.O. Lynn Productions
  166. TheatreX
  167. The Coldharts
  168. Le Lunez LLC
  169. Word Sprout
  170. Kittenbritches
  171. Phalen Place Productions
  172. Jackdonkey Productions
  173. Joanna Shaw Flamm
  174. Tiger Entertainment
  175. Emerald Condor Productions
  176. CREO DanceVERVE: Twin Cities
  177. Doomkitten Productions
  178. Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer
  179. Double Backbone
  180. Burntail Arts
  181. Central Standard Theatre
  182. Shadow Horse Theatre LLC.
  183. Pangea World Theater
  184. MaddeBelle Productions
  185. Jaded Optimist Productions
  186. FTG Drama
  187. Graber Productions
  188. The Crude Mechanicals
  189. Brokenwing Productions
  190. New West Productions
  191. Abas Theatre Company
  192. First Person Theater
  193. Hero Year Productions
  194. Eduardo Productions
  195. Artem Yatsunov
  196. Glowing Ember
  197. The Whole Nine Yards
  198. Steve Berglund
  199. Jeffrey Peterson Dance
  200. Boathouse Productions
  201. Sandbox Theatre
  202. Bill Santiago
  203. Elaine Phillips
  204. Camelot Productions
  205. Pair of Animals
  206. Grand Island Company
  207. Melody Mendis Music LLC
  208. slow/soft/late
  209. Terraform Theatre
  210. Dancing Ink Productions
  211. C.S.O.C.
  212. Sunlight Initiative
  213. The BODs
  214. tds
  215. Iris Papyrus Productions
  216. Everything You Want... Right Now!
  217. Myswyken Salad Theatre Company
  218. Clara Elser
  219. Paige Collette & Rachel Austin
  220. Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  221. Ben San Del Presents
  222. Amy Anderson
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