About Minnesota Fringe


Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences by creating open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression.

Through our summer festivals and dynamic year-round programming, Minnesota Fringe is an artistic disruptor for local and national artists — to take bold risks, develop new ideas, and hoist themselves to the next rung of their artistic ladder.

As the producer of the largest performing arts festival in the Midwest, our annual Minnesota Fringe Festival event fills nearly 50,000 seats with audiences viewing dozens of works at hundreds of performances by more than 1,000 artists on a variety of stages in late summer. We also the Minnesota Family Fringe featuring productions for kids and families interested in new, adventurous work.

Fringe Presents is our annual curated performance series featuring local and national artists in further development and production opportunities. Drafts & Draughts brings innovation and community commitment together in a scratch (works-in-progress) series of multidisciplinary work still in development. Members of Fringe with Benefits deepen our community connections and further strengthen relationships between adventurous artists and adventurous audiences by supporting adventurous art year-round. Beyond the Box incubates artists and companies to develop public, outdoor performances in partnership with Vibrant & Safe Downtown.

Fringe is overseen by a governing board of directors and operated by a year-round staff that balloons to nearly 100 seasonal hires leading up to the Festival Season. Fringe receives critical support from over 300 dedicated volunteers logging a combined 4,000+ hours each year.

As a publicly support arts nonprofit, our goals is to maintain transparency and access. For more information on how we're operated and funded, check out our latest annual report.


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Fringe values the voices of our community and welcomes your questions anytime at info@fringefestival.org.

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