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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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.

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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 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. 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.

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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 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.

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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.


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.


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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Jessica Lindgren

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
25-34 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Comedy

Jessica Lindgren's reviews

Wish You Were Her
Down to earth stand up

We really enjoyed Dan's performance! Great stage presence, solid material, something everyone can relate to. Can't wait to see him at an open mic around town. :)

unexpectedly entertaining

I was a little wary when I saw the Pinocchio-meets-mobster storyline in the show description, but I warmed up to it as soon as the actors took the stage. Great cast, fun take on the Pinocchio story, and amazing live music.

Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
so much fun!

Great concept, fun execution, excellent use of TRP space! We had a blast with the rest of the audience - cheering when the heroes rolled high on their attacks, cringing when they were getting their butts kicked by the baddies rolling high, and the mishaps that resulted from low charm, animal handle, sleight of hand, or diplomacy rolls.

Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
pure talent

The amount of talent in this show is staggering. All three performers dance, sing, play multiple instruments, write music, arrange pieces to suit their unconventional trio, probably even construct their own props. Light and fun audience participation, great show for theatre patrons of all ages.

raw talent

SO MANY talented dancers on stage - great mix of styles (modern, ballet, tap, etc...), lovely costumes, AWESOME music. Special shout out to Keane tap dancers - they always look so happy to be dancing, and not in the "stage smiles plastered on their faces" kind of way - they truly love dancing, and it shows.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
lovely performance

Clearly, a lot of thought, care, and attention to detail went into the creation of this piece. Tim Uren is always a delight on stage, and the cast as a whole was just right.

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
sharks and bears

Such a strong start to our Fringe! We laughed so hard the entire time, and had so much fun. :)

Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
rolling in the aisles

So much talent on stage, funny and relatable scenes played out by the couples, loved every minute of it.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
trail maps for all

We just love Tim Wick's work, so this was a must-see for us. Funny stories, solid cast, clever writing. My husband even caught a t-shirt at the end! Make room for this one in your Fringe. :)

Repertoire Dogs
improv game show

Talented assembly of actors, would see it again at Fringe 2018 with a new set of actors/games!

Hello, I Must Be Going...

I didn't recognize Ari until I saw him in the lobby following the performance - so great to see him onstage outside of Balls Cabaret. Great cast, script, and use of TRP space.

Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville

I've never seen Congressional hearings presented onstage before - unique and well-executed concept. Looking forward to attending more productions with an historical focus.

Making It Home
making it home

Really liked the concept, the execution could have used a bit more polish. Charming and sweet stories, would have appreciated an introduction to the cast so I understood right away where the stories were coming from, and how the family of storytellers fit together with Zac.

Rick and Morty-esque

Loved the script - so fun to see Ben doing something other than standup at Acme! Would have liked to see the robot narrator play a well-defined/consistent role or be nixed, and for 5-10 minutes (1 story?) to be cut to put in more room for pacing. Would absolutely attend a remount when Ben isn't limited to 60 minutes!

Our Boy
intense subject matter

Interesting relationships between the two onstage characters and the unseen son. There were a few places where lines were coming in on top of each other, and the amount of liquor consumed inside an hour could (should?) have affected their performances. Great use of TRP space from well-seasoned stage performers.

Waiting for Gygax
Waiting for Gygax

A few jokes went over my head - my husband is the D&D geek in our household. Lost the first few of Lucky's lines due to loud volume (she can PROJECT) in a small space. Their staging worked well in the Rarig X.

Flyer Guy
new york, new york

David's stories are quirky as Times Square itself. Would have loved a connecting thread to tell an overall story, and there were a few places I lost what he said due to the low timbre of his voice.

Dancing with the Enemy (and Other Celebrations of Life)

I love the amount of dance pieces that crop up during the Fringe. Beautiful venue, talented dancers, loved the invitation of guest artists to the performances. Overall production could have used a little polishing, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Facebook Lite
Facebook Lite

Interesting subject, didn't deliver on a final unifying message. This production felt hampered by the small stage/backstage at HUGE. If they'd had just a little more space (BLB, Rarig X, etc...) the scene transitions would have felt smoother.

Blood Debt
Blood Debt

Interesting subject matter, production felt unpolished. Staging and props could have been used more deliberately to create tension, felt haphazard at times.

Jessica Lindgren's Queue

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A Bollywood Twistery

by Harmonious Music

Ritz Mainstage  

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by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers


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Blackout Improv

by Rogues Gallery Arts


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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

by Weggel-Reed Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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Finding Mohamed

by Ifrah Mansour

Rarig Xperimental  

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Flyer Guy

by David Lawson

Bryant-Lake Bowl  

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Hello, I Must Be Going...

by Mercury Ninety Productions

Theatre in the Round  

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Katie Versus The Devils

by Scared Hare Productions

Rarig Arena  

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Repertoire Dogs

by Ideal Productions

Mixed Blood  

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by Mike's Brass


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Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans in Heave...

by Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions

Ritz Studio  

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by Ben San Del Presents

Mixed Blood  

Bollywood Dance Scene
Sunrise Banks