Minnesota Fringe Festival

Watch one-of-a-kind performances at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

What is it?:

Nearly 50,000 seats filled annually, over 1,000 artists, dozens of works, hundreds of performances at over 15 venues and spanning almost 20 genres. With those numbers, it seems pretty obvious that Minnesota's annual Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the Midwest. 

Find modern twists on classic tales, politically driven story lines, crying-tears-of-laughter comedic productions, and surprisingly relatable narratives. With performances for all ages, the Minnesota Fringe Festival is a unique and spirited celebration of diversity, artistic expression and voice that connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences on both a local and national level. 

The Fringe Festival is produced by Minnesota Fringe, a publicly supported nonprofit that supports and connects communities through bold risks and new ideas. 

L'Heure de Minuit (2015), Photo by Jeff D. Larson
The Avengers (2015), Photo by Jeff D. Larson

How it works: 

Fringe Festival performances will take place at 16 different theaters within three different geographical hubs, with regular hubs in Northeast Minneapolis and Cedar-Riverside (east of downtown) and the Family Fringe hub nestled just passed the city border in our twin city of St. Paul. 

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Genres of performances include opera, storytelling, sci-fi, dance and drama - just to name a few! Performance content ranges from religious to kid friendly and historical to, everyone's favorite, audience participation! 

Select what genre or content interests you, or what theater you're just itching to get to.

If you're working with a certain block of time instead, check out the entire festival schedule to find what's happenin' on your desired day!

Passes, reservations and tickets:

Yes, you will need tickets! 

Visit Fringe Fest's online box office for everything admission! 

Performances we recommend:

  1. Medusa: Enjoy this performance of the classic mythological story. Shown outside at Logan Park at sunset through contemporary dance and fire performances you won’t want to miss this dazzling display.
  2. Couple Fight: The Musical!: Last year’s top-selling production is back, except this time it’s a musical! New couples and returning favorites will reenact actual fights they’ve had in this cleverly-written spectacle.
  3. Not Fair, My Lady!: Inspired by the #MeToo movement, this all-women production parodies famous theater songs and situations to comment on the misogyny taking place currently on Broadway and in the musical theater world. 
  4. Self-Titled Debut Album: The sequel to 2015 Minnesota Fringe fest’s Demo Tape, this show follows the newly formed band “The Cautiously Optimystics” recording their first album. But don’t worry you don’t need to see the first part of this hilarious series to understand what is going on.
  5. Theory of Relativity: Examine the human experience through this contemporary dance show. Produced by native Minnesotan Mike Ford along with Megan Beseth a recipient of the DCASE Individual artist Program Grant, this show will take you on a scientific exploration of our daily routines and relationships.

Our favorite Family Fringe shows:

  1. Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Voted best family show at Orlando Fringe Fest, this interactive show has been playing at Minnesota’s Family Fringe for the past 3 years. It is guaranteed to have your whole family singing, dancing and laughing.
  2. HORSETALE: From the award winning company Hit the Lights! Theater Co. comes this heart-warming production. It uses shadow puppetry and music to tell a story about a horse and his tail getting separated and their search to find each other.
  3. Medusa: Through dance, a live brass quintet and spoken word we get a family-friendly interpretation of Medusa’s story set from her point of view. This highly anticipated show rooted from Greek Mythology is produced by crew that brought other Fringe Family favorites, including High Flight and Rumpus.

Fringe Fest Events:

Fringe Central

Where: Red Stag Supperclub
When: August 2-11, 11pm-Bar Close.

Official Post-show hangout spot. Here you can mingle with artists, audiences, volunteers and staff to discuss all the sights and sounds you’ve experienced during the festival.

Family ​Fringe Central

Where: Can Can Wonderland
When: August 2-5 & Aug 9-12, 10am-8pm

Official family hangout spot. Show your fringe ticket at the door and you get complementary entry. Each day will be filled with exciting entertainment, including mini-golf, boardwalk arcade, art activities, music, bingo, karaoke, and trivia.

​Closing Night Party

Where: Can Can Wonderland
When: August 12, 9pm-1am

The final night of Fringe Fest is all about dancing and music. Stick around and be the first to hear this year's winners of the Inaugural Festivals Awards.

Festival Awards

Be the first to hear this year's winners of the Inaugural Festivals Awards at the Closing Night Party. Don't forget to cast your votes online (audiences) or by turning in your ballot (artists) or replying to your email (members) to select: Venue Picks, Audience Picks, Fringe with Benefits Members Picks, Spirit of the Fringe, Artist Picks, Underdog - First Year Producer.