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Minnesota Fringe


Theater like none other

Minnesota Fringe is fast-paced and lively. We don't have technical glitz and dazzle, just the spectacle of raw talent and the buzz of tens-of-thousands of attendees.

Artists and audiences are encouraged to take risks at Fringe. We keep ticket prices low so patrons can afford to gamble on something they've never heard of or stumble upon a hidden gem.

We believe in the creative process of every producer, regardless of where they fall on the artistic spectrum. We aim to shatter the barriers to theatrical entry by ensuring all artists are providing the opportunity to stage a show. Regardless of pedigree, each festival producer is given an equitable performance schedule in a reputable theater with professional technicians and front-of-house staff. We provide an economic engine for those artists by guaranteeing a 65% return of box office receipts. In addition, we provide producers at all levels with support through a variety of producer workshops and and other performance opportunities year-round.

The right story for your audience

We collect copious details about every show in each of our festivals as well as the audiences who support them, making the job of finding the right story a breeze. No matter how broad or specific you'd like to get, Fringe staff will be happy to help you find the right artists or attendees to talk to.

If you're interested in covering the annual Fringe Festival, we can condense and customize the show information you receive, including:

  • Short, show descriptions, content warnings, and genres
  • Detailed descriptions of the each show, including background stories, staging and artistic influences
  • Show photos and videos
  • Accessibility information, including ASL-interpreted and audio-described shows

Part of a growing worldwide tradition

Minnesota Fringe is proud to be part of a worldwide tradition of fringe festivals that originated in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland. We're a founding member of the United States Association of Fringe Festivals (USAFF).  2017 marked the 70th Anniversary of Creative Freedom celebrated during World Fringe Day on July 11.

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Minnesota Fringe Logos in various formats

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Press Accreditation

Credentials for the 2021 Festival will be sent via email for those who apply prior to July 31. If you are seeking press credentials after July 31, please submit your request to

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