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 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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Paris Kelvakis' reviews

The Masque of Power

Strange, self aware, and super smart, Masque of Power is wacky as all get out, and also the most heart squishingly lovely show starring two dudes wearing fanny packs I have ever seen.

Repertoire Dogs
I can't even my own voice

I never thought I'd get such rabid joy from an hour of impressions. What a hoot.

[Enter the Narrator]
Nice surprise

real talk: I only went to this show to fill a time slot, but I am so glad I did because it was so flibberty floppiting delightful.

Another One!

After seeing Most Dangerous Game last year I knew this company's show was going to be at the top of my list of must see shows, and it did not disappoint. Pinocchio is an unmissable romp. Don't sleep on Sheep.

Bear Eats Bear

I've never experienced anything like this. Such an incredible journey.

So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy!
I needed this

So I was having a terrible day. I was pretty fussy and anxious, and then I was handed a kazoo, and everything was fine. This show was the spirit lifter I didn't realize I needed. What an absolute joy.

My secrets!

I don't know about you, but when I think "data privacy" my mind didn't automatically go to "interpretative dance!" But after seeing this show those two concepts are forever intertwined in my brain. Amazing.

Dick White: Ghost Detective
Lol dick

I was giggling like an idiot the whole time. Totally bonkers.

Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

I always love watching Tom Reed perform. It's like he's made out of silly putty.


This is one of the best pieces of theater I have ever seen. I don't even know what else to say. Absolutely spectacular.


Hannah might be the greatest performer I've ever seen. Not seeing this is a mistake.

Tough stuff

Make no mistake, this show is difficult. But it's also one of the most powerful pieces of art I've ever experienced.

Mayor Lear of Townsville
Here they come just in time!

As a Shakespeare dork, powerpuff fan, and lover of shows tightly packed with jokes and references and shiny absurdity, this production hit all my buttons. Also Natalie Rae Wass is an unstoppable powerhouse.


This is straight up the coolest show at Fringe. If you do not like this you are wrong.

His Name Doesn't Matter
The truth

Poetry boys are the worst. Spencer and Amie are a dream team. Phenomenal.

Slaughterhouse Five: A Musical

Slaughterhouse V is one of my favorite novels, and this production excels at embodying its themes, tone, and trauma. The key to a successful, dynamic adaptation is being able to translate the heart and soul of a story into a different medium, and the team here really nailed this one. Fabulous.


Was not prepared for this one. Funny and clever mutates into poignant and profound. Well played Critter.


Very silly. Pretty spooky. Much delightful.

Hello, I Must Be Going...
Hooray for Ari Hoptman

I know all the reviews here have said it already but it's worth saying again, Ari Hoptman's performance as Groucho is perfection. Mindblowing.

Westside VW