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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 Minnesota 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.

    Producers 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 multi-generational 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. Family Fringe programming is on hold for the 2020 Festival season.

    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

    Single ticket sales and show information will be available starting on July 1, 2020.

    All patrons need a token AND a 2020 Festival button to enter the theater and see a show.

    All patrons need to go to the box office at each venue to purchase or redeem a token — our tickets come in the form of rubber tokens, so that we can reuse them. 2020 Festival buttons are also sold at the box offices.

    To purchase admission in advance online, simply search for the show you want to see using the search bar at the top right. On the show page, you'll see all the dates, times, and purchasing options.

    The Basics
    Adult Tickets* $15 Child Tickets* $7 Passholder Reservation $3

    5 Show Passes** $65

    Sold during the Festival at our Offices and at Rarig Will Call 

    Limited Quantity!

    10 Show Passes** $110

     Sold during the Festival at our Offices and at Rarig Will Call 

    Limited Quantity!

    VIP Passes

    Available with select
     Fringe with Benefits Memberships 

    2020 Festival Button $4



    Minnesota Fringe cannot provide ticket refunds or exchanges.

    Minnesota Fringe Offices: 79 13th Ave NE, Mpls 55413 (office hours are 10-4pm weekdays)

    *Advanced online single ticket sales will also have a reservation fee of $3 added. If you are a 5 Show or 10 Show passholder and you want to guarantee a seat at a particular show, it is recommended you make a passholder reservation only for $3.

    **A $2 set up charge will be added to all Multi-Show Pass sales. Passes sold during the Festival at the Rarig Will Call table or the Fringe Office. Box Office Personnel are not able to check Multi-Show Pass Balances at the box office. Please call the office if you have questions. Multi-Show Passes are valid for Fringe Festival productions only between July 30-August 9.

    All Passes expire on August 10, 2020.

    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 AND a 2020 Festival button 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 are not allowed.

    Issues or questions can be directed to or by calling 612-260-6466

    Questions about Passes, Reservations, or Tokens? 

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

    Use the Search Bar: In the upper right hand corner, there is a magnifying glass icon - use it to search by show title, artist, company name, random noun, etc, etc. 

    Search by festival, genre, content, features, or venue: There are 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). 

    And don't forget your 2020 Festival button! All patrons need to have a button to go into any show.



  • How do I leave a Review?

    First, locate the show page for the production you want to leave a review for (use the magnifying glass icon at the top of the home page to search). Once on the show page, click the "Review" tab. Scroll to the bottom of the reviews and voila! You'll see the form to leave your own review.

    Keep in mind that while critical reviews are allowed, we will remove a review for the following reasons:

    • The reviewer was involved with the show they are reviewing (as a cast member, crew, designer, director, etc)
    • The review uses profanities
    • The review is unintelligible
    • The review compares a show to another show, or recommends another show over that one
    • The reviewer attacks or writes inappropriate remarks about an artist’s appearance or personality (i.e. they can say the costume was ugly or the acting was bad, but they cannot say the actor is ugly or the actor is a terrible person).
    • The reviewer was not at your show.


  • IP Shows (Independently Produced)

    Traditionally, Fringe selects, staffs, and manages every venue in the Festival. This year, we invited producers to select any venue in the metro to stage their show and join the festivities. We believe there's a place for everyone in the Fringe Festival and welcome participation from anyone along the entire artistic spectrum. But the Festival may not be right place for every kind of production. The introduction of Independently Produced (IP) festival shows in 2020 is intended to offer a wider range of options for location, length, and complexity -- among other choices.

    Things to Know about IP Shows

    • Independently Produced shows may deviate from typical festival start times and show lengths. Read the "More Information" sections on the show pages carefully before purchasing your tickets and scheduling your day
    • Minnesota Fringe is not responsible for front-of-house at IP Shows
    • Comps, Vouchers, and Multi-Show Passes will be honored at IP shows, but each show has the option to institute a rush line for patrons with Artist Passes, comps, or vouchers. Check with their box office when you arrive for the show.
  • Printable Schedule

    Want to print the schedule grid? No problem!

    There is a printer icon just above the right side of the schedule/grid. Click on that and adjust your scale so that the schedule fits on the page (we suggest 50% for a full Saturday/Sunday of Fringe & Family Fringe).

    Voila! Analog schedule (literally) at your fingertips.

    Enjoy the shows!

  • Showtimes

    Our shows start -- and end -- on time.

    Minnesota 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

    *Independently Produced shows may deviate from typical festival start times and show lengths. Read the show pages carefully before scheduling your day.

    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 Festival. Wait? Why no late seating?
    • We’re big… really big: With hundreds of performances at over a dozen venues over 11 days, 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.
  • Volunteering at Fringe

    So you're interested in volunteering?

    Awesome! We can't run our festival programming without the support of 300 volunteers that help us run front of house at each venue.

    Earning ticket vouchers to see shows

    Volunteers earn one ticket voucher for every performance they volunteer for. To receive this perk, we ask for a minimum of 3 hours of volunteer work.

    Volunteers also receive a very cool t-shirt to wear during shifts, and have the opportunity to earn more swag and perks the more they help out (like an exclusive 2020 Fringe Volunteer button, coffee, tickets, and more!).

    We ask that all volunteers complete mandatory volunteer training that typically happens in July of each year.

    More information

    You can find detailed information about how to register on our volunteers page, and learn about the different volunteer job opportunities here.

    Questions? Email or call us at 612-260-6466!


  • What to Wear

    Whatever you like. Seriously. (OK: shirts and shoes required.) You’ll find staff and ushers wearing shorts or jeans and a Minnesota 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.

    Most importantly is to wear your 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival button! You can't get into shows without one!

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