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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 70% 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 $10,000 in just 5 performances!

    Family Fringe is a new, jury-curated festival for multi-generational audiences. The jury -- made up of 7 local producers, freelance performing artists and Fringe’s Artistic Director -- select a line-up of shows based on artistic merit, production feasibility, values of diversity and inclusion, and more.

    All of Fringe’s festivals and 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

    Attending the Festivals is easy!

    All patrons need to go to the box office at each venue to purchase or redeem a ticket — our tickets come in the form of rubber tokens, so that we can reuse them. All patrons need a token to enter the theater and see a show.

     

    To purchase admission in advance online, simply search for the show you want to see using the search bar at the top right. On the show page, you'll see all the dates, times, and purchasing options.

     

    The Basics
    Adult Tickets $14* Child Tickets $6* Passholder Reservation $3

    5 Show Passes** $60

    Sold during the Festival at our Offices and at Rarig Will Call

    10 Show Passes** $100

     Sold during the Festival at our Offices and at Rarig Will Call 

     

    Minnesota Fringe cannot provide ticket refunds or exchanges.

    *Advanced online single ticket sales will also have a reservation fee of $3 added. If you are a 5 Show or 10 Show passholder and you want to guarantee a seat at a particular show, it is recommended you make a passholder reservation only for $3.

    **A $2 set up charge will be added to all Multi-Show Pass sales. Passes sold during the Festival at the Rarig Will Call table or the Fringe Office. Box Office Personnel are not able to check Multi-Show Pass Balances at the box office. Please call the office if you have questions. Multi-Show Passes are valid for Fringe Festival and Family Fringe productions only between July 26-August 11.

    All Passes expire on August 12, 2019.

    All online sales and in-person 5 Show and 10 Show Pass sales will have a $2 processing fee added to each order.

    The Important Stuff

    • All Comps, Vouchers, and Passes must be redeemed for tokens at the box office.
    • All patrons need a token for entry into the performance.
    • Please check online for age appropriateness of individual shows.
    • Photos and video of all performances are prohibited.
    • For everyone's safety, late seating and re-admission are not allowed.

    Issues or questions can be directed to boxoffice@fringefestival.org or by calling 612-260-6466

    Questions about Passes, Reservations, or Tokens? 

    Visit our Box Office Policies Page for more detailed information about Ticketing How-To's and FAQ's

  • Choosing a Festival Show

    With so many choices, there’s no way you can see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

    Use the Search Bar: In the upper right hand corner, there is a magnifying glass icon - use it to search by show title, artist, company name, random noun, etc, etc. 

    Search by festival, genre, content, features, or venue: There are a variety of features to help figure out what, when, where (or why!) you are interested in seeing during your Festival adventure.

    Talk to people: Sound scary? Then just look for someone in a lanyard. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are over a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

    Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about, then return the favor by letting others know what you thought.

  • Fringe Binge

    Every year a handful of our most ardent Fringe Fans gorge themselves on adventurous art. The maximum number shows you can take in is 55.

    Tips and tricks for successful Fringe Binging include staying hydrated, remembering to eat (check out our venue maps to see what tasty treats are nearby), making a schedule (first you need to create an account), and reserving a seat to shows that might sell out (we’ll save 30% of the house to sell at the door).


  • IP Shows (Independently Produced)

    Traditionally, Fringe selects, staffs, and manages every venue in the Festival. This year, we invited producers to select any venue in the metro to stage their show and join the festivities. We believe there's a place for everyone in the Fringe Festival and welcome participation from anyone along the entire artistic spectrum. But the Festival may not be right place for every kind of production. The introduction of Independently Produced (IP) festival shows in 2019 is intended to offer a wider range of options for location, length, and complexity -- among other choices.

    Things to Know about IP Shows

    • Independently Produced shows may deviate from typical festival start times and show lengths. Read the "More Information" sections on the show pages carefully before purchasing your tickets and scheduling your day
    • Minnesota Fringe is not responsible for front-of-house at IP Shows
    • Comps, Vouchers, and Multi-Show Passes will be honored at IP shows, but each show has the option to institute a rush line for patrons with Artist Passes, comps, or vouchers. Check with their box office when you arrive for the show.
  • Showtimes

    Festival and Family Fringe shows start -- and end -- on time.

    Fringe Festival performances are no more than 60 minutes* with 30 minutes* between shows.

    • Weeknights: 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, and 10pm
    • Weekends: 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm, and 10pm

    *Independently Produced shows may deviate from typical festival start times and show lengths. Read the show pages carefully before scheduling your day.

    Family Fringe performances are no more than 50 minutes.

    • Fridays**: 5:30 and 7pm
    • Saturdays**: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, and 7pm
    • Sundays: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, and 7pm
    **Relaxed / Sensory Friendly Performances are at 10am Friday, August 2 and Saturday August 3

    Be sure to check the show page for specifics on time, age appropriateness, and important information about content.


    Seating: There is no late seating or re-entry at the Fringe Festival. At Family Fringe shows, limited re-entry is allowed to accommodate for young audience members’ needs. Wait? Why no late seating?

    • We’re big… really big: With hundreds of performances at over a dozen venues over 14 days at the Fringe Festival & Family Fringe, we have to run a tight ship to prevent total chaos.
    • Artists need to feel safe: Some theaters require patrons to walk across the stage to reach the seating area. Many shows use audience entrances and exits during the show. And late seating can distract performers -- and your fellow patrons.
    • Audiences need to feel safe: Entering a dim theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.
  • Volunteering at Fringe

    So you're interested in volunteering?

    Awesome! We can't run our festival programming without the support of 300 volunteers that help us run front of house.

    Earning ticket vouchers to see shows

    After the first three volunteer hours, volunteers start earning one ticket voucher for every performance they work. Box Officer shifts are 90 minutes long and cover one performance. Usher shifts are 3 hours long and cover two performances. Maverick shifts are 3 hours long and cover 2 performances.

    Volunteers also receive a very cool t-shirt to wear during shifts, and have the opportunity to earn more swag and perks the more they help out (like buttons, coffee, and tickets, oh my!).

    We ask that all volunteers complete an online training module that goes live mid-July. Box Officers and Mavericks must also complete an in-person training session at our offices where they will pick up their t-shirt and vouchers -- once you are registered, you'll be able to sign up for training and festival shifts. Ushers will be able to pick up their vouchers and t-shirt on July 28th between 2-5pm at our Volunteer Open House at our offices.

    More information

    You can find detailed information about how to register on our volunteers page, and learn about the different volunteer job opportunities here.

    Questions? Email volunteer@fringefestival.org or call us at 612-260-6466!

     

  • What to Wear

     

    Whatever you like. Seriously. (OK: shirts and shoes required.) You’ll find staff and ushers wearing shorts or jeans and a Minnesota Fringe t-shirt. A pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Most Festival shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is advisable.

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