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


    Attending the Festivals is easy!

    All patrons need to go to the box office at each venue to purchase or redeem a ticket — our tickets come in the form of rubber tokens, so that we can reuse them. All patrons need a token to enter the theater and see a show.

    The Basics
    • Adult Tickets are $14
    • Child Tickets are $6
    • Passholder Reservation $3
    • 5 Show Passes are $60
    • 10 Show Passes are $100
    • Minnesota Fringe cannot provide ticket refunds or exchanges

    *Advanced online single ticket sales will also have a seat reservation fee of $3 added.
    All online sales and in-person 5 Show and 10 Show Pass sales will have a $2 processing fee added to each order.

    The Important Stuff
    • All Comps, Vouchers, and Passes must be redeemed for tokens at the box office.
    • All patrons need a token for entry into the performance.
    • Please check online for age appropriateness of individual shows.
    • Photos and video of all performances are prohibited.
    • For everyone's safety, late seating and re-admission is not allowed.

    Issues or questions can be directed to boxoffice@fringefestival.org

    Questions about Passes and how to use them, Reservations, or Tokens? 

    Visit our Box Office Policies Page for more detailed information about Ticketing How-To's

  • 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 50 minutes.

    • Fridays: 5:30 and 7pm.
    • Saturdays: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, and 7pm
    • Sundays: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, and 7pm
    Independently Produced performances begin on the grid above -- but shows are all varying lengths. Check on each show's page for details.

    Be sure to check the show page for specifics on time, age appropriateness, and important information about content.

    Seating: There is no late seating or re-entry at the Fringe 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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