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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Connie Petersen

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
55-64 years old
Lives in... Suburbs
Favorite genre: Musical Theater

Connie Petersen's reviews

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Extremely fun!

Laugh out loud funny! Please ask Mark if he's seen my husband when you find him!

Repertoire Dogs
Can I give them a 6?

Tears on my cheeks from laughter!

Debacle: Stories of Life's Ultimate Fiascos!

Very entertaining. Very well told humorous stories!

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
A Real Treat

Incredibly fun production. Definitely plan on seeing them perform outside of Fringe! Thoroughly enjoyable show!


Thankful for the shorter length of this production as it is a huge emotional piece. The cast is spot on. Absolutely brilliant performance by Paul Brisset as Lionel. Bravo cast and crew, this will be in my personal top 10.

MANIFESTO: An American Play

Definitely in my top 10 this year! Everything about this production is incredible. Heck, this could even end up my #1!

Good Kids

In tears following this performance, I hugged my daughter, told her I loved her and had to go outside to reset. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Everything about this show is perfection! Bravo cast, crew, and all involved with this production. The writer is an incredible job with a taboo subject that NEEDS to not be ignored any longer!

RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical

After last years success I was anticipating another WOW. Unfortunately that was not the case. Though cute and written well for the campy humor, there were several times the dialogue was hard to hear. I can't decide if this was cast on purpose to have middle of the road vocals (not to be offensive but the cast are much better comedians than singers) but it's much more enjoyable if I think it was deliberate.

The Well
Tough space to perform

A different venue and a bit more development and this will be great. Studio is tough, anything on the floor is difficult to see from several areas in the audience. Story is creative but could use a bit more development to keep your audience on the edge of their seats. Loved the accents - the acting was great - I enjoyed this show but it has the opportunity to be more.

So what would you do?

Will at least make you think/start a conversation. Had a bit of trouble with some of the acting but overall the cast brings a good performance. I liked the writing and the show as a whole. Worth that precious time slot.

KnoW WesT
Was hoping for more

Talented family of performers. From the description I was expecting something a little different but it was enjoyable with a couple witty moments.

Dick White: Ghost Detective

Fun group of performers.

America, The Rewrite
Great Concept

Would love to give this another try with more content and development. Audio is difficult to hear and only runs 30 minutes.

The Intrepid
Needs more rehearsals!

And even then I don't know. Storyline was dull at best and dialogue was difficult to understand. Two stars goes out to the dancers which need to have more stage time in my opinion.

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