Each year, more than 300 volunteers step up to cover over 3,000 volunteer shifts over the span of 11 days (that’s over 4,200 hours!). These volunteers ensure performances run on schedule while keeping our patrons happy. Yeah, it’s pretty incredible. Simply put, we couldn’t do this festival without volunteers.

When you join Fringe as a volunteer, you put yourself at the heart of what makes this festival tick. You’ll gain valuable experiences, make tons of new friends, and contribute to making our festival one of the best in the world. If knowing that isn’t enough, then we’ll throw in some perks and swag.

There are a variety of jobs to choose during the festival. Once you register, you'll be able to sign up for the shifts you want.

Sign up to volunteer

Volunteering during our Festivals is easy, and we work hard to make sure everyone has a great experience. The Minnesota Fringe runs August 2-12. The Family Fringe runs August 2-5 & 9-12.

  • Register and sign up for shifts. Get that process started below.
  • Attend a training session. Every volunteer is asked to attend one training session to learn more about the jobs before the festival. Training sessions are held at 7pm on July 19, 24, 26, and 30, at 2pm on July 22, and at 11am on July 28. Training is held at Fringe HQ (79 13th Ave NE Minneapolis). If you were a volunteer in 2017, you’ll have the option to do online training this year.
  • Review your training manual. Our volunteer manual is the book that explains everything. You’ll get a copy of your own during training, and we’ll also provide a copy at each venue.
  • Show up and have fun. And don’t forget to collect your swag!

Group volunteering

Together is better — and volunteering at Fringe is no exception. If you are looking to sign up your group of friends, artists, neighbors, co-workers, or book club members for a day of volunteering together, just email Volunteer Services at volunteer@fringefestival.org.

Volunteer requirements

Fringe welcomes anyone 12 years of age and up as part of our volunteer team.

12-15 years old: You may volunteer as an usher at any of our age-appropriate shows. You will need to volunteer with a parent, guardian and/or other responsible adult. Both of you will need to submit separate volunteer registration forms--ensure you list each other on the form. Finally, you and your parent/guardian will need to sign a festival waiver form for you to participate.

16-17 years old: You may volunteer as an usher, box officer or sidekick jobs at any of our age-appropriate shows. You and your parent/guardian will need to sign a festival waiver form for you to participate.

18 years old & up: You may volunteer in any of our front-of-house positions. You will need to sign a festival waiver form to participate.

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