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