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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Showtimes

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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Members

Fringe with Benefits is a community of supporters dedicated to strengthen relationships between adventurous artists and adventurous audiences. Member support enables us to further our mission, present special events and new programming, and celebrate the performing arts as a community.

A one-year membership provides additional access and community connections to our most dedicated supporters. Memberships* in 2018 cost $400** include a tax-deductible portion of $125 as well as the following benefits:

Events Benefit Date(s)
Couple Fight : Best Of - The #1 selling show in the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival, and a top seller from 2015 and 2016, Couple Fight will present a compilation of their best bickering at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater on Cheap Date Night™ and Valentine’s Day. One ticket included with membership, and the ability to purchase a second ticket at a discounted rate -and-

Two drinks on Fringe (February 12) -or- Bowl with the cast after the show on Fringe (February 14)
February 12, 2018

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February 14, 2018
Drafts & Draughts - Surly Brewing and Minnesota Fringe are teaming up to bring innovation and community commitment together in a works-in-progress showcase. Enjoy short drafts of performances in various stages of development while sharing Surly draughts at the brewery space. Advanced announcement of evening line up

Surly beer and pizza on Fringe
April 9, 2018

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June 18, 2018
Five Fifths - Fringe’s Annual Fundraiser One ticket included with membership, and the ability to purchase a second ticket at a discounted rate May 7, 2018
Early Festival Access Access the Festival website to peruse shows and make reservations June 29, 2018
Festival VIP Pass Access to any show, on any day, at any time, in any venue during the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival August 2-12, 2018
Special Fringe with Benefits Button Created especially for members, this button will still allow you to access year-round theater deals and discounts Summer, 2018
Private Facebook Group (optional) Chat with fellow Fringe’rs to share show insights, early access to preview night lists, get quick answers from and easy access to Fringe staff in our members-only forum. Invitation sent with membership confirmation

*Memberships are renewable on the anniversary date of purchase.
**Memberships can be paid for in 12 monthly installments of $35, which includes a $20 convenience fee.



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A one-year membership provides access, engagement opportunities, and community connections for our most dedicated supporters.  Memberships* in 2018 cost $400** include a tax-deductible portion of $125 as well as the following benefits:


Couple Fight : Best Of - Fringe presents Couple Fight, a compilation of the best bickering at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater stage on Cheap Date Night™ and Valentine’s Day. Members receive one ticket and ability to purchase a second ticket at a discounted rate, plus the option for two drinks on Fringe (February 12) or bowling with the cast after the show (February 14).

Drafts & Draughts - Surly Brewing and Minnesota Fringe are teaming up to bring innovation and community commitment together in a works-in-progress showcase. Members receive advanced announcement of line up, Surly beer and pizza on Fringe.

Five Fifths - Fringe's Annual Fundraiser ticket and the ability to purchase a second ticket at a discounted rate. The event is scheduled for the evening of May 7, 2018. Time and performance to be announced in March.

Festival VIP Pass - Access to any show, on any day, at any time, in any venue during the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Special Fringe with Benefits Button, Early Festival Access to Festival website show pages, and an invitation to join a Fringe with Benefits Private Facebook Group.






*Memberships are renewable on the anniversary date of purchase.

**Memberships can be paid for in 12 monthly installments of $35, which includes a $20 convenience fee.

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