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.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling 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 and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows 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 the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: 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 our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by 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 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad 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.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

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!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The 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.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.

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Venues

Bryant-Lake Bowl
Address: 810 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Map)
Seating capacity: 82
Parking: Parking lot on Bryant Av, just north of theater on east side of street. Metered and free parking throughout neighborhood.
Transit: Bus routes 4 and 21. Bike rack located at the front of the building. Bike rental kiosk located at 29th and Lyndale.


HUGE Theater
Address: 3037 Lyndale Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Map)
Seating capacity: 100
Parking: The theater has a parking lot on the south side of the building, and a second lot in the alley. There is some free parking in the neighborhood.
Transit: Bus Routes - 21, 4. Nearest bike rental kiosk located at W 32nd St and Bryant.


Intermedia Arts
Address: 2822 Lyndale Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Map)
Seating capacity: 115
Parking: The theater has a parking lot on the north side of the building. Additional neighborhood parking may be available.
Transit: Bus routes - 21, 4. Nearest bike rental kiosk at Lyndale St and W 29th St.


Matthews Park Picnic Area
Address: E 25th St and 27th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Map)
Seating capacity: 40
Parking: Street parking.
Transit: Coming soon.


Mill City Museum
Address: 710 S 2nd St Minneapolis MN 55401 (Map)
Seating capacity: 50
Parking: Street/meter parking
Transit: 7(2), 19(2) Bike rack located near Mill City building and Guthrie.


Mixed Blood Theatre
Address: 1501 S 4th St. Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Map)
Seating capacity: 177
Parking: There is metered street parking and a big parking lot at the corner of 4th St. and 16th Ave. just $2 at night (allow extra time for prepay kiosk).
Transit: Bus routes: 2, 3, 7, 19, 55 and LRT Cedar-Riverside stop. Bike rental kiosk located at 4th and 19th (Carlson School of Management) or Currie Park station.


Phoenix Theater
Address: 2605 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Map)
Seating capacity: 115
Parking: There is no parking lot for the Phoenix. Street parking is free almost everywhere around the space. Likely spots are in front of the school on Hennepin, down 26th, or on one of the residential streets parallel to Hennepin. Do not park in the spots behind the theater! You will be towed.
Transit: Bus routes 6, 12, 17, 114. Nearest bike rental kiosk at 26th and Hennepin Ave.


Ritz Theater Proscenium
Address: 345 13th Av NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Map)
Seating capacity: 236
Parking: Street parking is available directly in front of the main entrance. Free parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ritz in the 13th Av municipal lot, open 6 p.m.-midnight, Thursday-Sunday.
Transit: Bus routes 17 (4-5 blocks east) and 11 (3-4 blocks west). Bike rental kiosk at University Ave. NE & 12th Ave. NE


Ritz Theater Studio
Address: 345 13th Av NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Map)
Seating capacity: 63
Parking: Street parking is available directly in front of the main entrance. Free parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ritz in the 13th Av municipal lot, open 6 p.m.-midnight, Thursday-Sunday.
Transit: Bus routes 17 (4-5 blocks east) and 11 (3-4 blocks west). Bike rental kiosk at University Ave. NE & 12th Ave. NE


Southern Theater
Address: 1420 Washington Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Map)
Seating capacity: 165
Parking: Metered street parking or Marriott parking ramp just east of the theater on Washington Ave.
Transit: Bus routes: 2, 3, 7, 16, 19 and 55. Bike rental kiosk located at 4th and 19th (Carlson School of Management) as well as the U of M Social Sciences station.


SpringHouse Ministry Center
Address: 610 W 28th St Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Map)
Seating capacity: 50
Parking: On-street parking on Lyndale, 28th, Garfield and other streets is available.
Transit: Close to major bus lines (4, 21, 18, 17, 6), and the Greenway bike trail.


Strike Theater
Address: 824 18th Ave NE ​ Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Map)
Seating capacity: 100
Parking: Parking is free on the street and in the lot.
Transit: Coming soon.


The Playwrights' Center
Address: 2301 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Map)
Seating capacity: 72
Parking: Small lot just south of Franklin on 23rd Ave. Additional 6 spaces at Northern Clay (2424 E Franklin Ave.) Free street parking in neighborhood.
Transit: Bus route 2, and limited service on 8. The 7, 9 and 22 are a few blocks away. Bike rental kiosk located at 25th and Franklin.


Theatre in the Round
Address: 245 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Map)
Seating capacity: 237
Parking: Seven Corners Ramp next to the Marriott (enter from Washington Ave.) Surface pay lot behind The Corner Bar, across Cedar Avenue from Theatre in the Round (enter from 15th Ave.) Machine at entrance takes cash and credit cards. Surface pay lot behind Bullwinkle's Bar (enter from 15th Ave.) Cash only. Surface pay lot off South 4th St. Surface pay lot next to 19th Avenue Ramp (enter from S 3rd St. or Riverside Ave.) 19th Ave. Ramp located behind Midwest Mountaineering (enter from S 3rd St.)
Transit: Bus Routes 3, 7, 22, 118, 252. METRO Green Line West Bank station. Nearest bike rental kiosk at Town Hall Brewery at the bend in Washington Ave.


U of M Barker Center for Dance
Address: 500 21st Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55455 (Map)
Seating capacity: 100
Parking: 94 Lot 21st Ave. Ramp 19th Ave. Ramp
Transit: Coming soon.


U of M Rarig Center Arena
Address: 330 21st Av S Minneapolis, MN 55455 (Map)
Seating capacity: 124
Parking: Campus parking lots at northeast corner of 4th St and 20th Av and southeast corner of Riverside Av and 20th Av are $2.50 or $7 event rate. Closest (but most expensive) parking is in a ramp at southwest corner of 4th St and 21st Av, across street from theater. Free street parking in residential areas two blocks or more south of theater along 20th Av.
Transit: Bus routes 2, 3, 7, 19, 111, 113, 114, 118. METRO Green Line West Bank station. Bike rack located at the front of the building. Bike rental kiosk located on Augsburg campus (on Riverside), and additional kiosks at 25th Ave. S & Franklin, and Washington & Cedar.


U of M Rarig Center Thrust
Address: 330 21st Ave. S, Main Floor Minneapolis, MN 55455 (Map)
Seating capacity: 259
Parking: Campus parking lots at northeast corner of 4th St. and 20th Ave. and southeast corner of Riverside Ave. and 20th Ave. are $2.50 or $7 event rate. Closest (but most expensive) parking is in a ramp at southwest corner of 4th St. and 21st Ave., across street from theater. Free street parking in residential areas two blocks or more south of theater along 20th Ave.
Transit: Bus routes 2, 3, 7, 19, 111, 113, 114, 118. METRO Green Line West Bank station. Bike rack located at the front of the building. Bike rental kiosk located on Augsburg campus (on Riverside), and additional kiosks at 25th Ave. S & Franklin, and Washington & Cedar.


U of M Rarig Center Xperimental
Address: 330 21st Ave S ​Minneapolis, MN 55155 (Map)
Seating capacity: 100
Parking: Campus parking lots at northeast corner of 4th St. and 20th Ave. and southeast corner of Riverside Ave. and 20th Ave. are $2.50 or $7 event rate. Closest (but most expensive) parking is in a ramp at southwest corner of 4th St. and 21st Ave., across street from theater. Free street parking in residential areas two blocks or more south of theater along 20th Ave.
Transit: Bus routes 2, 3, 7, 19, 111, 113, 114, 118. METRO Green Line West Bank station. Bike rack located at the front of the building. Bike rental kiosk located on Augsburg campus (on Riverside), and additional kiosks at 25th Ave. S & Franklin, and Washington & Cedar.


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