Minnesota Fringe

Frequently Asked Questions

  • About Minnesota Fringe

    Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences through festivals and dynamic, year-round programs and events.

    Our cornerstone program is the Fringe Festival. From professional stage veterans to first-timers, the Fringe Festival is one of the largest performing arts avenues in America that allows anyone and everyone an equal shot at sharing their art. All shows are selected by random lottery. Yep -- that's right! Each application is assigned a number. Then we publicly pull ping-pong balls out of a cage with every number one-by-one until they have all been drawn. Shows not selected for the festival are placed on a waiting list in case someone else drops out.

    Shows receive 70% of ticket sales. The Festival is an economic boost for some artists, and we’ve distributed more than $2 million in sales to artists in the last decade. Some shows have earned upwards of $10,000 in just 5 performances!

    Family Fringe is a new, jury-curated festival for multigenerational audiences. The jury -- made up of 7 local producers, freelance performing artists and Fringe’s Artistic Director -- select a line-up of shows based on artistic merit, production feasibility, values of diversity and inclusion, and more.

    All of Fringe’s festivals and year-round programs share the same goal: supporting artists to take artistic risks, develop entrepreneurial skills, and find new avenues to connect with adventurous audiences. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates every two weeks with news about Fringe, our artists, and our signature Button Deals for exclusive discounts on performing arts events around town.

    Thank you for being part of our year-round Adventure!


  • Box Office Info

    Passes, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

    For the first time, the 2018 Fringe Festival will offer 2 different box office options: Buy our signature Day Pass for all-day access -OR- Purchase single show admission starting at just $10. Because more choice means more adventure!

    Every patron must present a Pass or Show Token PLUS a Seat Token to see a show at the Fringe Festival.

    Tickets for the Inaugural Minnesota Family Fringe are $10 for adults, $5 for kids.

    Alternative Box Office 

    Purchase your Day Pass at the Alternative Box Office to skip the lines every day during the Festival! Weekdays 11am-1pm, the Alternative Box Office will be in the Skyway Atrium at 121 South 8th Street Tower in Downtown Minneapolis. Grab a Day Pass while you grab your lunch, then hit some shows right after work!

    While you're there, you can spin our "Fringe of Fortune" wheel for a chance at discounted or free passes.


    Reservations can be made to either festival online for just $3. Online processing fees are $2 per order.

    Check out the Box Office Policy Page to learn more.




  • Choosing a Festival Show

    With so many choices, there’s no way you can see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

    Search by genre, content, and venue: Use a variety of features to help figure out what, when, where (or why!) you are interested in seeing during your Festival adventure.

    Talk to people: Sound scary? Then just look for someone in a lanyard. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are over a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

    Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about, then return the favor by letting others know what you thought.


  • Fringe Binge

    Every year a handful of our most ardent Fringe Fans gorge themselves on adventurous art. The maximum number shows you can take in is 55.

    Tips and tricks for successful Fringe Binging include staying hydrated, remembering to eat (check out our venue maps to see what tasty treats are nearby), making a schedule (first you need to create an account), and reserving a seat to shows that might sell out (we’ll save 30% of the house to sell at the door).

  • Showtimes

    Festival and Family Fringe shows start -- and end -- on time.

    Fringe Festival performances are no more than 60 minutes with 30 minutes between shows.

    • Weeknights: 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, and 10pm.
    • Weekends: 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, and 10pm.

    Family Fringe performances are no more than 45 minutes with 45 minutes between shows.

    • Thursdays & Fridays: 6:00pm and 7:30pm.
    • Saturdays: 12pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, and 7:30pm.
    • Sundays: 12pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, and 6:00pm.

    Seating: There is no late seating at the Festival or Family Fringe. At Family Fringe shows, limited re-entry is allowed to accommodate for young audience members’ needs.

    Wait? Why no late seating? We’re big… really big. With hundreds of performances at over a dozen venues in just 11 days at the Festival & Family Fringe, we have to run a tight ship to prevent total chaos.

    Artists need to feel safe: Some theaters require patrons to walk across the stage to reach the seating area. Many shows use audience entrances and exits during the show. And late seating can distract performers -- and your fellow patrons.

    Audiences need to feel safe: Entering a dim theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

  • What to Wear

    Whatever you like. Seriously. (OK: shirts and shoes required.) You’ll find staff and ushers wearing shorts or jeans and a Fringe t-shirt. A pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Most Festival shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is advisable.

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