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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Liz Blank

Years attending Fringe: 5-9 years
45-54 years old
Lives in... Saint Paul
Favorite genre: Dance

Liz Blank's reviews

It's About Love Again This Year
Love, Love, Love

Lots of fun, energy and many things to love in this show. Hurry up and get to this show, before they return to Chicago.

Out of the Shadows
Believe in Silver Linings

Believe in Gabriel. Believe in dance. Believe in ...

Poingnant, Thought Provoking


Duality: Expression/Reflection
Delightful and beautifully creative.


Passing the Poison
Excellent Dancing and Production

Amazing infusion of dance, costumes and set. The actual story and science I personally do not buy into.

FUNKiN' Good Time
Physically Amazing

I love all of the energy and moves that this troupe of dancers put on display! Wow! I was moving along in my seat through the entire production.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Excellent! Better than History Theater

I’m a bit speechless on this one. Hmmm… That’s a very good thing. Go see it. It’s a polished and cultivated show, different from the other Fringe experiences and 10 times better than any shows that I have seen at the History Theater.

Great Show, Robots may think so too?

I love the lighting and narration added for a solo show for Ben. As a fan, Ben is always a must see. This is a very good show with a nod to the future and how will life be with all those robots. He if very insightful on this future thought process. A bit slow in the middle for me.

The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
Fantastic!! Soars!!!

My Favorite Fringe show so far this year. My engineering background lured me to this show, but don’t let that be your lure, there are many great things about this production to not miss!!

The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

This is a very interesting show. It’s one of those productions that will stick with me.

On The Exhale
Oh My!

Quite a story and performance! Bravo!



Very good show.

I agree with Carrie on The power of Fringe Reviews. I read the reviews and it got me to the Thursday night show with 10 shows in me. I am glad that I got to this show. Great acting. I believe the show I saw was sold out and they had actually given out too many tokens. I was glad to see that they let them all in to see the show.


Many fine elements in this show. I had a hard time sticking with it, keeping my eyes open for the last 15%. Possibly cut some of the last part of the show?