We may not have a Festival, but we sure do have a theme! The Fringe that Never Was will culminate in a safely distanced celebration of art, community, and togetherness (even when we’re apart) August 13 – 23, 2020. It’ll look and feel a whole lot different without the Festival, but gosh darnit, ain’t nothing gonna keep a good Fringe down. Stay tuned for updates!

PS – The Fringe That Never Was is absolutely, 100%, definitely NOT a Festival!


Sometimes it simply isn’t possible for the show(s) to go on. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the 39th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Our priority is the health and safety of all Fringers, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis demands we take extreme measures.  The decision to cancel is difficult, emotional, but necessary.  

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The Edmonton Fringe is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). CAFF unites, supports, empowers, and strengthens its 33 member festivals in order to cultivate and foster independent artistic exploration for artists and audiences across North America.

Fringe Theatre is also a proud member of FAME (Festivals and Major Events Canada), an organization which seeks to increase political awareness of the importance of festivals and events in Canada as an economic driver, key export industry, and a sector of future growth and development.