Minnesota Fringe

Frequently Asked Questions

  • About Minnesota Fringe

    There is one big thing that makes a Fringe festival 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, a Fringe Festival is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. Minnesota Fringe provides 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 Fringe Festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in the fall 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Showtimes

    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.

    Fringe Festival shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm on weekdays. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

    Family Fringe shows begin at 6:00pm and 7:30pm, on weekends and Noon, 1:30pm 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, and 7:30pm on weekends. 

    Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at the Fringe Festival. 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.

  • 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.