Fringe 42 – The Answer is Fringe! 

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival 

August 17 – 27, 2023  

We have beseeched O’Jester, a supercomputer on planet Fringe, an important question… 

“What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?”  

With careful consideration, O’Jester has finally responded: “FRINGE OF COURSE!” 

Festival Artwork by Pete Nguyen.

Festival Guides on sale: July 31, 2023 

Festival Tickets & Passes on sale: August 9, 2023 

42nd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival: August 17 to 27, 2023

Hop, skip, and jump through a universe of infinite probabilities and possibilities at Fringe. From local to national to international theatre Artists to spark your imagination, to Outdoor Performers who will tickle your funny bone, Artisans, merch galore, and likely the best green onion cakes in the universe.  

The 42nd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival theme is inspired by and pays enthusiastic homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, because, quite simply, ‘once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means,‘ and, in this case, ‘the answer to the great question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is forty-two.’ This year, and for the 42 years that came before, the meaning of that particular answer is Fringe. From the bottom of our happy, intergalactic-tripping hearts: thanks for fringing with us. 

We have a lot to announce in the coming months. Surprises, special events, and MORE! Stay in the loop with your local hitchhiker’s guide to the Fringe on our social media or sign up for the Fringe Fan Club to be the first in the know. And, remember: DON’T PANIC.

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Traverse the universe with us this summer in support of North America’s largest, longest-running Fringe Festival – Volunteer applications are now open! 

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Edmonton Fringe is possible thanks to the generous support of our funders, donors, and sponsors. Our thanks to Lead Festival Partner ATB Financial for supporting the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. 

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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.