How to Fringe

We’re so excited that you’re back, fringer! We missed you! 

There’s no one way to fringe. If you’re on the Event grounds, you’re already fringingFringing is about escaping into the unknown, taking creative risks, and blazing your own trail. It’s a follow your heart kind of thing. Once you’re here, you can’t go wrong. But we have a few suggestions to help make the most of your experience. So come on, let’s Fringe together! 

Join us on a journey through…

  1. The Fringe Returns
  2. Indoor Shows
  3. Outdoor Shows
  4. What’s New This Year
  5. What’s On Hold This Year

The Fringe Returns 

What a strange time it’s been! To keep everyone comfortable and help us all ease back into fringing, we’ve reimagined Fringe to deliver as safe an Event as possible. Things will look and feel very different this year. In fact, this year’s Event will more closely resemble the very first Fringe Theatre Event in 1982 than the Festival we knew and loved in 2019.   

 while keeping Fringers safe 

We’re committed to creating a respectful, safe, clean environment where community can thrive.   

We’re taking COVID-19 mitigation and safety processes very seriously. We are choosing to maintain strict safety mitigations inside our theatres and around all outdoor venues. These measures ensure even our most vulnerable community members can fringe with us.  

We want the return to fringing to be an enjoyable experience for everyone. We’re all in this together. We need your help to make this as safe an event as possible.   

Let the Fringe Begin! 

When you’re fringing, you never know what incredible adventure you might end up on. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to keep up to date on the latest events, tips, behind-the-scenes news, and sneak peaks around the Festival. Join the #YEGFRINGE conversation. 

Take a creative risk – it’s the most Fringe thing you can do! 

Whether you support your fav artists, or give the mystic Fringe 8 Ball a shake and try something new, fringing is for everyone. This year, we have 11 indoor theatre venues presenting 58 shows over the 11 days of the Event. Audience sizes are limited to ensure everyone has lots of extra elbow room. All venues will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each performance. Limited audience sizes mean limited tickets – get your tix quick so you don’t miss out! 

Don’t be shy, show artists your love! 

Artists put an enormous amount of time and energy into their shows, so if you see something amazing, shout it out! Tell your friends and share your thoughts on social media. Every little bit helps support the future of #yegfringe.  

Fringe is Online Too: Fringe TV 

Not ready to make a comeback just yet? Rather fringe from the comfort of your own home? We get it. Fringe TV is jam-packed with on-demand and livestream entertainment options so you can safely Fringe from your side of the screen wherever you comfortably find yourself in the world.   

Many of our in-person performances are available to watch online. Get your online Fringe show tickets here. 

Make your Fringe Golden 

Your golden chance is here! Follow us on social media and answer our daily clues (don’t forget to add #atbgoldenticket)! You could win 100 Festival show tickets, VIP parking, and more thanks to our incredible Lead Partner & Sponsor ATB! Enter to win August 4 – August 20, 2021. 

We’re back (in Old Strathcona)! 

Each year, Old Strathcona opens their neighbourhood to Fringe. It’s the place where fringers have been gathering to enjoy local theatre since 1982! They’ve been so supportive of us throughout the past year, and we are so happy to call Old Strathcona home.  

Show our neighbours your love and gratitude by putting litter in the bins, keeping noise down (especially late at night), and considering how you commute to the site. 


Fringing Indoors 

It’s All About the Shows 

Edmonton Fringe is the place where artists and audiences are encouraged to try something new. There may be significantly less performances than there were in 2019, but there are so many opportunities to safely dive back into Edmonton theatre. With 58 indoor theatre shows in 11 venues, there is something for everyone! Learn more about each show, including their genre and maturity ratings, by staying tuned to our ticketing site 

If you’re the type who loves to bust out the highlighters and personalized show spreadsheets, be sure to give our shows listings and master schedule a look-see before picking up your tix. 

Buying Tickets 

You will need to purchase a ticket to enter any indoor theatre performance. Artists set their own ticket price, and 100% of that ticket price goes directly to the artists. When you purchase a ticket, consider it an investment in the arts! 

Head over to our Box Office Info page for more or try The Randomizer (created by Kick Point).  

Don’t Be Late to Indoor Shows 

Please arrive on time as many venues won’t allow latecomers. Set your alarm, know where you’re going, and arrive on time. It’s best to aim to get to your venue 15 minutes early, because when you’re fringing you never know what kind of wild adventures may hold you up. 

Bonus tip: Don’t forget to visit the washroom before you arrive because we are unable to let you back into the show if you step out. 

Wear a Mask 

Fringers must always wear a mask while inside a theatre venue or where fringers gather. This is to protect our most vulnerable fringers. Read more about how we’re doing our part to help keep our community safe. 

Silence the Cell 

Ring ring! Artists put their blood, sweat, and yes, even tears into their show to provide you a magical experience. Show your appreciation by silencing your cell, dimming your screens, and putting away all recording devices. 


Fringing Outdoors 

Outdoor Venues 

This year, you need to purchase a ticket to enter ATB Park and to watch performances at the Vanta Group Youth Stage. This will help us provide a spacious, safe Event experience; keep crowds small; and maintain contact information for tracing purposes should we need it.  

ATB Park 

Tickets to ATB Park are Pay What You Will. Inside ATB Park, you’ll discover the full Fringe experience. Outdoor performances, tasty Fringe treats, ice-cold Big Rock beer, a comfy spot to kick back, and even constantly changing Alberta weather to keep you guessing.

Access to ATB Park is timed and ticketed. And don’t worry – we’ve taken care of filling the outdoor artists’ hats so you can kick back and enjoy the show! Just head to the Heart of the Fringe entrance, supported by the EPCOR Heart + Soul Fund, and let the fringing begin. Fringers are encouraged to wear a mask at busy pinch points around the site (like when ordering a beer or purchasing merchandise from our awesome staff and volunteers) but otherwise masks are not mandatory outdoors. 

The Vanta Group Youth Stage 

We love the next generation of fringers, so we’ve created something special just for them! Our Vanta Group Youth Stage offers ticketed outdoor performances for families with plenty of spacious seating and greenspace to explore for busy littles. The Vanta Group Youth Stage is in Nordic Park (aka Lighthorse Park – 10324 85 Ave). 

View the lineup and get your tickets here. 

Patios – Fringe everywhere! 

Whether you’re putting in a full day of fringing or stopping by for a refreshing beverage between shows or after work, we’ve got a patio for you. 

You can down a cold one in our Big Rock Beer Tent, the ATB Community Patio, or our Fringe Grounds Café under the waning summer sun. Capacity in our Beer Tents will be kept low to provide folks lots of room to get in one of Edmonton’s most essential summer traditions. You do not require a ticket to access our beer tents! Take a peek at the site map to get your bearings. 

Mask Up Where Fringers Gather Outdoors 

Fringers are encouraged to wear a mask at busy pinch points around the site (like when ordering a beer or purchasing merchandise from our awesome staff and volunteers) but otherwise masks are not mandatory outdoors. 

Audio Tour 

Can’t get in to see the Outdoor show? We have something fringe-y in store for you. 

Fringe has partnered with Story City to bring you an audio walking tour of historical Fringe locations and stories. Download the app, lace up your walking shoes, and head out into the Old Strathcona neighbourhood to retrace the steps of Fringe’s history. Written by our own beloved Office Manager, unofficial Fringe historian, and lauded Fringe playwright Gerald Osborne 


What’s New at the Festival

Here at Edmonton Fringe, we love to shake things up and try something new, but this year has presented some unique challenges even for us! This year will look and feel a whole lot different, but we love to think we’re subject to instant improvement. Here are some of the changes we’re most excited about this year. 

E-Ticketing 

This year we are introducing e-ticketing to reduce contact between patrons, staff, and volunteers, and help green our Event. Don’t worry! If you love to collect your ticket stubs, we’ll still print your tickets at our Box Office locations 

FR!NGE Marks the Spot! 

FR!NGE marks the spot! Keep an eye out for our iconic 7-foot tall FR!NGE sign. Snap a selfie and be sure to tag us #yegfringe 

Merch Galore 

We’ve restocked the Fringe Shop by Eco Promotions with fresh finds, including oodles of Together We Fringe swag, one-of-a-kind 4 for 40 iconic t-shirts designed by local artists, and a chance to pre-order The Fringer’s Almanac: a commemorative book that collects 40 years of history, stories, performances, beer-tent anecdotes, and so much more. 

Find your Merch Tents across the site on 83 Avenue near the Box Office, inside the Lobby of the ATB Financial Arts Barns, and inside ATB Park, or shop online 24/7 

Construction in the Area 

It wouldn’t be Edmonton without a little summertime road construction! The city will be doing some road work in the area during our Event, so please be sure to check ahead for any traffic or road conditions that might make getting to your venue or finding parking a little more difficult. 


What’s On Hold This Year

Passes 

Sorry, fringer. There are no passes this year. With fewer venues, fewer shows, and smaller audiences we unfortunately can’t provide passes. But don’t worry. This is a temporary measure in an extraordinary year. We’ll reintroduce passes next year.   

Holdover series 

The Holdover Series is on hold this year! Please stay tuned: Holdovers will be back in 2022! 

Printed Program Guide 

Putting together our slick, glossy (and mighty hefty!) print program takes significant time, resources, and planning. Between planning an Event amidst evolving health restrictions and wanting to give our artists as much time as possible to safely return to live events, we were unable to print a program this year. Here is a digital version of our show line up for you to explore and enjoy. 

The Fringe Shuttle 

The Old Strathcona/French Quarter Shuttle service is on pause this year because of COVID-19 impacts. This is a temporary change in service – we hope to bring the Shuttle back next year! We encourage you to take Transit through ETS whenever possible as parking is limited. Thanks for your understanding. 


What happens here in Edmonton doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. It’s going to be a long road back to the Edmonton Fringe experience we’ve built together over the past four decades. 

Will you help support the future of Edmonton Fringe? Your gift will help us imagine what’s possible for the next 40 years for fringing. 

Thank you for caring, thank you for the last 40 years, and thank you for supporting the future of Fringe.

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