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Minnesota Fringe

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  • 2022 Fringe Festival

    Applications are now open for the 2022 Minnesota Fringe Festival! Apply by February 15, 2022 for a chance to have your show in the Festival.

    The Festival Lottery, where we pull balls out of a bingo cage to determine who is in the Festival, will be on February 28th at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Join us!

    NEW in 2022: All Festival participants (staff, volunteers, artists, audiences) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not currently vaccinated, you can find out when, where, and how to get a free COVID-19 vaccine via Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector

  • 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 goals: 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!

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