The first Minnesota Fringe Festival in 1994 featured 52 shows and filled 4,630 seats with audience members. After 24 years of significant growth, the 2017 Festival showcased 870 performance of 167 shows and was attended by over 46,000. Amidst many changes over the past quarter century, Minnesota Fringe remains steadfastly committed to core principles: producing opportunities for artists of a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities and experience levels; novel ways of engaging with the performing arts; and a continued commitment to financial accessibility for both artists through lean producing models, and audiences through low-cost tickets.
In the interest of fairness, Fringe Festival artists are selected by random luck of the draw through an un-juried and un-curated lottery process. Anyone can apply to be a festival artist and, if the application is chosen in the lottery, they have a guaranteed slot that year. If their lottery number isn't chosen, artists are placed on a waiting list for openings in case other selected performers need to drop out.
Fringe Festival shows are 60 minutes or less with a half hour break between each performance. Attendees can purchase a ticket to shows in advance or at the venue, buy a day pass that allows for entry into any show at any place on that particular day, or obtain a VIP pass for unfettered access to the entire festival. Venues are chosen in clusters to make traveling to multiple shows simple by walking, biking, personal and public transportation options.
The 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival will take place August 2-12 at 12 venues located in two distinct hubs in Minneapolis:
Tickets and passes on sale in July.