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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Fringe in the news

December 12, 2017:
Changes to the Fringe for 2018
MinnPost

December 1, 2017:
2018 MN Fringe To Shake Up Venues, Add Family-Friendly Offshoot
Twin Cities Arts Reader

November 30, 2017:
Minnesota Fringe Festival adds ‘Family Fringe’ in St. Paul
Pioneer Press

September 10, 2017:
Reimagining the Classics at the Minnesota Fringe
How I Round

August 23, 2017:
Fringe File, #30: Final Box Office Results For 2017
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 21, 2017:
Fringe File, #28: Graphs And Charts, Part 1
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 16, 2017:
2017 Minnesota Fringe highlights — and something to look forward to
St. Paul Pioneer Press

August 14, 2017:
Fringe File, #27: The Arts Reader Awards
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 13, 2017:
EDITORIAL: On Lists And Awards
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 12, 2017:
Fringe File, #26: The Encores
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 12, 2017:
NYC Theater Company Plunges Audiences Into Darkness
Broadway World - Minneapolis

August 12, 2017:
Fringe File, #25: The Last Two Days Of Fringe / Prelude To The Encores
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 11, 2017:
Gay Master Playwright Albee’s Newer Version of “The Zoo Story” in an Acclaimed Fringe Productione
Lavender Magazine

August 11, 2017:
A Mermaid & A Fish Are Safe Bets -Two Accomplished Storytellers Share Their Tales at Fringe
Lavender Magazine

August 11, 2017:
David Mann Finds the Extraordinary in an Ordinary World at Fringe
Lavender Magazine

August 10, 2017:
An Evocative Little Epic – “Pope Joan – The First Transgender Pope” at the Fringe
Lavender Magazine

August 10, 2017:
Fringe File, #24: Phil Darg On Facility
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 10, 2017:
Fringe File, #23: Lyssa Sparrow On First Year Queer, Kink, And Consent
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 10, 2017:
A Resister’s Handbook (for holding onto optimism in sh*tty times) – Minnesota Fringe Festival Production
Take Action Minnesota

August 10, 2017:
Fringe 2017 - Review
Single White Fringe Geek

August 9, 2017:
BWW Review: Don't miss the MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL, Continuing through This Weekend!
Broadway World - Minneapolis

August 9, 2017:
The Eternal Optimist
Minnesota Playlist

August 8, 2017:
Fringe 2017 round up
Minnesota Playlist

August 8, 2017:
Fringe File, #21: REVIEW: Sean Neely‘s Return To Fringe
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 8, 2017:
Navigating the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival as a queer person
The Column

August 8, 2017:
'Melody Mendis Is 'Barbra'': Streisand show goes down like butta
Star Tribune

August 7, 2017:
A Charming Crash Course on Queer Ideas – “First Year Queer” at Fringe Festival
Lavender Magazine

August 7, 2017:
Gabriel Mata Enchants and Beguiles at Fringe in “Out of the Shadows”
Lavender Magazine

August 7, 2017:
Fringe show looks at ’nam poison
Northeaster Newspaper

August 7, 2017:
Fringe File, #20: Mini-Reviews, Pt. 4
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 7, 2017:
10 Shows to See at Minnesota Fringe 2017
Twin Cities Geek

August 7, 2017:
FRINGE FEST: MEDUSA
Secrets of the City

August 7, 2017:
Fringe Day 2: Romcon conventions, '90s prom dates, and butts
City Pages

August 6, 2017:
Fringe File, #19: Mini-Reviews, Pt. 3
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 6, 2017:
'Finding Mohamed': Solo show is a beautifully textured portrait of grief
Star Tribune

August 5, 2017:
Fringe File, #17: Mini-Reviews, Pt. 2
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 5, 2017:
Fringe File, #16: Mini-Reviews, Pt. 1
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 5, 2017:
Fringe File, #15: Sold-Out Performances
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 4, 2017:
Fringe Day 1: Journeys in gender, Blackout Improv, and yep, that play about pedophilia
City Pages

August 4, 2017:
Fringe File, #14: The Touring Showcase Preview Videos
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 3, 2017:
Our Picks for the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival
MplsStPaul Magazine

August 3, 2017:
167 shows in 11 days means it's time for the Fringe Festival
MPR News - Art Hounds

August 3, 2017:
Arts Spotlight, 579: Faith – From Anger Into Trust and Hope
Lavender Magazine

August 3, 2017:
Queerness, Gender Inquiry, and Topnotch Comics Enliven This Year’s Fringe Festival
Lavender Magazine

August 3, 2017:
A double dose of Renegade: Duluth theater company kicks off two shows in two cities
Duluth News Tribune

August 3, 2017:
Local pickle maker gets rejected from Minn. State Fair contest, wins a play
Star Tribune

August 3, 2017:
"Patriot/Traitor" at the Minnesota Fringe Festival
LillieNews.com

August 2, 2017:
​‘OUR BOY’ THE STRUGGLE ON SEX CRIMES.
High Plains Reader

August 2, 2017:
At Fringe Festival, UMN students give new life to Shakespeare
Minnesota Daily

August 2, 2017:
MN Fringe Fest 2017: Your day-pass guide to the massive theater fest
City Pages

August 2, 2017:
Fringe File, #13: Mark Monfils On Directing Thor: Jurassic Park
Twin Cities Arts Reader

August 1, 2017:
Fringe Festival attracts thespians from St. Louis Park
Sun Sailor

August 1, 2017:
Twin Cities Queer Arts Must-Sees for August 2017
The Column

August 1, 2017:
Fringe File, #12: Ariel Leaf On Her Mermaid Travel Life
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 31, 2017:
How to choose from 167 shows at Minnesota Fringe Festival
GoMN.com

July 30, 2017:
Musical comedy about contingent workers featured at Fringe Festival
Workday Minnesota

July 30, 2017:
Plight of ‘A Pickle’ is coming to Fringe Festival
Sun Current

July 30, 2017:
Fringe File, #11: 5 Ridiculous Yet Wonderful-Looking Fringe Shows
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 29, 2017:
Fringe File, #10: The Out-of-Towners Preview
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 28, 2017:
INTRODUCING THE FRINGE FESTIVAL: 11 DAYS, 167 SHOWS Can you tell the Twin Cities loves its theater?
Visit Twin Cities

July 27, 2017:
Fringe File, #9: Every Video from the Second Official Fringe Preview
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 26, 2017:
Women at the Fringe!
Minnesota Women's Press

July 25, 2017:
A dozen must-see shows at the Fringe
MinnPost

July 25, 2017:
‘It Can’t Happen Here’ At Fringe Echoes Timely Events
TCJewfolk.com

July 22, 2017:
Fringe File 2017, #8: Who’s In Fringe?
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 21, 2017:
VIDEO: Every Video from the First Official Fringe Previews
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 20, 2017:
17th Annual Queer Fringe Binge
KFAI.org

July 19, 2017:
Fringe File 2017, #6: Minnesota Fringe’s Second Official Preview of 2017
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 18, 2017:
Fringe File 2017, Pt. 2: The Money
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 18, 2017:
2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival Must-Sees
Cherry and Spoon

July 16, 2017:
NYC Theater Company Plunges Audiences Into Darkness
BroadwayWorld.com

July 12, 2017:
INTERVIEW: Joseph Fletcher and Willi Carlisle on There Ain’t No More: Death of a Folk Singer (MN Fringe)
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 12, 2017:
U students to bring film noir to Fringe Festival
Minnesota Daily

July 12, 2017:
Plight of temporary workers prompts former St. Louis Park council member to write musical comedy
Sun Sailor

July 11, 2017:
PREVIEW: Minnesota Fringe's First Official Preview of 2017
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 11, 2017:
FRINGE 2017: Coverage Roundup
Twin Cities Arts Reader

July 7, 2017:
Perspectives Theater Company Announces STRANGER at the Minnesota Fringe Festival
BroadwayWorld.com

July 6, 2017:
‘It Can’t Happen Here’ is coming to the Fringe
MinnPost.com

July 1, 2017:
Who’s in this year’s Fringe Festival? Start making your plans. The website is live.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press

June 29, 2017:
A&E NOTES: Festivals, wild cards and more
Duluth News Tribune

Feb. 2017:
Minnesota Fringe announces new executive director

Oct. 6:
Minnesota Fringe Festival Announces Leadership Change

Aug. 15:
Minnesota Fringe Announces 2016 attendance figures

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