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Minnesota Fringe

Frequently Asked Questions

  • About Minnesota Fringe

    Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences through festivals and dynamic, year-round programs and events.

    Our cornerstone program is the Minnesota Fringe Festival. From professional stage veterans to first-timers, the Fringe Festival is one of the largest performing arts avenues in America that allows anyone and everyone an equal shot at sharing their art. All shows are selected by random lottery. Yep -- that's right! Each application is assigned a number. Then we publicly pull ping-pong balls out of a cage with every number one-by-one until they have all been drawn. Shows not selected for the festival are placed on a waiting list in case someone else drops out. Producers receive 65% of ticket sales. The Festival is an economic boost for some artists, and we’ve distributed more than $2 million in sales to artists in the last decade. Some shows have earned upwards of $15,000 in just 5 performances!

    All of Fringe’s year-round programs share the same goal: supporting artists to take artistic risks, develop entrepreneurial skills, and find new avenues to connect with adventurous audiences. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates every two weeks with news about Fringe, our artists, and our signature Button Deals for exclusive discounts on performing arts events around town.

    Thank you for being part of our year-round Adventure!

  • Box Office Info

    Everyone attending the 2021 Minnesota Fringe Festival needs to purchase a $5 Festival button. This one-time purchase contributes to the cost of planning and running the Festival. You will be able to pick up your button from our offices starting on July 6 (specific dates and time to come later). For an extra fee of $3 to cover shipping costs, you can have it mailed to you.

    There are no refunds or exchanges.

    All questions regarding ticketing can be sent to

  • Fringe Binge

    Every year a handful of our most ardent Fringe Fans gorge themselves on adventurous art. The maximum number shows you can see in person during a traditional in-person Festival is 55.

  • How do I leave a Review?

    Details will be posted closer to the Festival dates!

  • Printable Schedule

    The Festival website will launch on July 1. At that time, you will be able to peruse shows, see showtimes, create schedules, and purchase buttons and tickets. 

  • Showtimes

    The Festival website will launch on July 1. At that time, you will be able to peruse shows, see showtimes, create schedules, and purchase buttons and tickets.

  • Volunteering at Fringe

    We are so glad you are interested in volunteering!

    We are currently evaluating our volunteer program to see how we can utilize your talents and skills during the pandemic. 

    Questions? Reach out to us at


  • What to Wear

    Wear what you like! Comfort is the goal here. But be sure to sport your Minnesota Fringe Button!

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