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Minnesota Fringe


Frequently Asked Questions

  • 2021 is Different!

    This year, our programming features primarily virtual content with multiple different performance types. Read below about all the different types of shows to help you decide what to watch!

    Showtimes

    This year, producers have the option of starting their live shows whenever they like between August 5-15, as long as it falls on the hour or half-hour. Starting in July, you'll be able to peruse the schedule to find shows that fit with your schedule.

    Virtual Show Types

    Archival Video Recordings - Usually shot with one camera out in the audience. These shows can be viewed at any time between August 5-15th after purchasing. You'll need to log in to the website, navigate to the show page, and watch via the "Watch" tab.

    Audio Only Recordings - No video component, think radio play or podcast. These shows can be viewed at any time between August 5-15th after purchasing. You'll need to log in to the website, navigate to the show page, and watch via the "Watch" tab.

    Live Streaming Performance - A show that is happening live and streaming to a device that you are watching on from the comfort of your own home. These shows happen at a specific day and time - you will not see the purple "Watch" tab until the day of the show.

    Recorded for Virtual Performance - A show recorded specifically to be viewed at home on a TV, tablet, or computer. These shows can be viewed at any time between August 5-15th after purchasing. You'll need to log in to the website, navigate to the show page, and watch via the "Watch" tab.

    Independently Produced Show Types:

    Live In-Person Performance - These shows happens live and in-person. These shows can be viewed at any time between August 5-15th after purchasing. Venue information and details will be on the show page! 

    Live Streaming Performance - These shows happens live and stream into your home. Some of our independent producers needed a virtual platform other than YouTube (Zoom, for example), so they fall under the category of independently produced. These shows can be viewed at any time between August 5-15th after purchasing. You'll need to log in to the website, navigate to the show page, and watch via the "Watch" tab.

  • 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!

  • Buttons, Tickets, & Box Office

    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, so thanks! You will be able to pick up your button from our offices on specific days in July (we'll let you know when). For an extra $3 to cover shipping costs, you can have it mailed to you -- just be sure to add the mailbox to your cart when you are purchasing your buttons.

    You will only be able to view and purchase tickets for shows after you have purchased your buttonTickets go on sale in July, but you can purchase your button now.

    *Tickets for Virtual shows are $10.

    *Tickets for Independently Produced shows are $13 ($10 tickets + $3 reservation). 50% of the reservation fee for the IPIP performances goes directly to the producer and 50% helps cover the extra administration Fringe provides for those producers.

    To watch virtual shows, log in to the website, navigate to the show page, click the purple "Watch" button.


    Tip the Artists! Have you noticed the dollar emoji on the show pages? That is a button that takes you directly to the artist's Venmo/PayPal/Cash.me account if you want to support them even more!

    *HOT TIP: You must be logged into your Venmo/PayPal/Cash.me account for those links to work. If you get an error, just log in, return to the artist's show page, and click the dollar emoji once more. 

    Not all artists will have a tip jar


    There are no refunds or exchanges.

    All questions regarding ticketing can be sent to boxoffice@fringefestival.org

  • Help!

    *HOT TIP: If you are trying to watch a show, buy buttons or tickets, or leave a review, you must be logged into your account on the website first!

    Are you having login issues, purchasing issues, watching issues, or any sort of problem that you need help with?

    You can reach us at boxoffice@fringefestival.org!

  • How to Watch Shows

    How to watch shows if I've already bought my ticket:

    1. Log in to the website

    2. Navigate to the Show Page of the show you want to watch (or go into "My Purchases" and click on the title)

    3. Click the big purple "Watch" button!

    *Note: For live-streamed shows, the big purple "Watch" button will only show up on the day of the performance. You can only watch shows between August 5-15!


    How to watch shows if I still need to buy a button and a ticket

    1. Log in to the website

    2. Purchase your Festival button (if you've already done this, skip to step 3!)

    3. Navigate to the Show Page of the show you want to watch

    4. Purchase your tickets to that show

    5. Navigate back to the Show Page and click the big purple "Watch" button!

    *Note: For live-streamed shows, the big purple "Watch" button will only show up on the day of the performance. You can only watch shows between August 5-15!

  • Leaving Reviews

    First, log in to your account on the Minnesota Fringe website. Navigate to the show page of the show you'd like to leave a review for. Click on the "Review" tab. Scroll down and leave your review!

    Reviews will be removed for the following reasons: if they include foul language, gibberish, personal attacks, are inappropriate, if they compare one show to another, or if someone involved in the show is reviewing their own show.

  • Searching for Shows

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

    Meanwhile, go ahead and buy your Festival button - they are on sale now! Everyone needs a button in order to purchase tickets and watch shows.

    There are several ways to search or choose shows.

    Use the Search Bar: In the upper righthand 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? 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.


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