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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Audra Lind

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
Lives in... Greater MN

Audra Lind's reviews

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Favorite comedy this year

Loved loved loved this show! Actors were all spot on. Comedic timing was perfect and had us laughing out loud beginning to end. The narrator's narrator (protagonists bf) was absolutely freaking brilliant and shone even in a fantastic cast. The plot never got too sappy (with a less skilled cast it might have). We were rooting for you to sort this mess out for the happily ever after! Hit every single note perfectly. Loved use of the set piece, costumes, casting, lighting. Props to this company. Will be watching for more from them!

De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]
De Hjerteløse full of heart

The Southern is a perfect venue for this show. Loved the ensemble movement, breathing, and ability to create storms, sea, boat, undersea and dockside all with their bodies. Special shout out to Ingrid. Beautiful. Thank you for creating a story of such strong women, wrapped up in the idea of Norse myth. Company definitely took some risks and stretched as performers, writers, producers. This is exactly what Fringe should be about!

Repertoire Dogs
Well done, Rep Dogs!

What a great hour! Super talented, super funny. Impressions spot on and such a wide range. My kid loved loved loved it (16). So did we! (old enough to have a teenager). Thanks!

William & Mary: The Way Out Experiment
1960s sci fi spot on

What a fun premise! Show worked so well w the black and white tv theme. Loved the twist. Take care of your loved ones because someday they may care for you indeed!

The Masque of Power
Great concept, true to Commedia form

Powerful messages peppered throughout wonderfully executed Commedia bits, and it is clear they truly understand the art of Commedia (grammalot language at opening was lovely). Show made me think and kept filtering through our conversation on the 2 hr drive home. My only real critique was with some of the dialogue. Some of the "this is not a part of the show" segments felt too unscripted and rambled. Good therapy for actor but left me wanting something that moved beyond my own concerns. Didn't always understand what son wanted or his purpose when interrupting dad; seemed at odds w himself or antagonistic just to move the script forward. But even so loved this show. The multiple masks at the end were brilliant. Bravo!

Audra Lind's Queue

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Ritz Studio  

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Dead Silence

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FUNKiN' Good Time

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Out of the Shadows

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Pope Joan

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The Pursuit of Awesome

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Repertoire Dogs

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Mixed Blood  

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

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Small Time Dicks

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