Minnesota Fringe Festival

Watch one-of-a-kind performances at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 1st-11th, 2019. Don't miss out on Family Fringe either, July 26th-28th and August 2nd-4th, 2019!

What is it?:

Nearly 50,000 seats filled annually, over 1,000 artists, dozens of works, hundreds of performances at over a dozen 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 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 in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood as well. You can also find other venues in the Independently Produced category!

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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! 

2019 performances we are looking forward to:

(Be sure to check the content warnings on each individual performance page to decide whether it is appropriate for younger audiences you choose to bring)

  1. First Comes Love: Out of tragedy, beauty can sometimes follow. A tender memory piece that reflects on the 2016 shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQIA people in US History. The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.
  2. Game of Toms, One-Man Game of Thrones: The ultimate GoT binge! Fringe fave Tom Reed irreverently resurrects all eight seasons of death, sex and dragons in this EPIC solo musical parody. Packed with sensual satire, violent laughs and abrupt endings.The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.
  3. The Scranton Strangler, An Office Musical: It’s a new musical comedy from Fringe mainstays Literally Entertainment exploring a fresh take on your favorite TV show and how Scranton's most notorious criminal was working in plain sight all along. The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up.
  4. Unproblematic Faves, Best of Ladybrain: Ladybrain Sketch Comedy is written and performed by an all-female team of comedic powerhouses! Don't miss Unproblematic Faves, a compilation of favorite cast and fan sketches produced over the past year. The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 18 and up only.
  5. Ancient Future Division, Battle for the Existence Yeti: ANCIENT FUTURE DIVISION! GO! Follow the adventures of three trainee Time Rangers trying to escape paradoxes to defeat the cold-blooded Time Lizard and save existence! The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Our favorite Family Fringe shows:

  1. Minneapolis Human Rhythm Project: A celebration of dance and rhythm. African , Ka-pop, Break, Tap, Taiko Drumming, live music and dancers with special needs. A celebration of dance by and for all ages, abilities and ethnicities. The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up.
  2. Paws 'n EffectThis is a comic & enchanted story about a misunderstood little girl in the big city, who runs away from home and meets a magical dog in Central Park. Movement/projected animation/an original score - and a dog! The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up.
  3. Super Drag Story Time: Camp, Color, Puppetry, Music and Dance collide in this Glamourous and uplifting Storytelling event featuring local Drag Queens and Kings. Fun for the kids and the parents as well. Hosted by Martina Marraccino! The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 2-6 and up.