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The Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival is an annual Festival produced by Fringe Theatre. Every August, 1,500+ artists descend upon Edmonton to participate in the oldest and largest Fringe Festival in North America — offering 1,600+ performances across 45+ venues. Our Festival has a deep and rich heritage, operating in the heart of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood.

Fringe Festivals are designed to put artists and audiences in direct contact, fostering experimentation and discovery on both sides. Fringe Theatre is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. As a member we follow these core principles:

  • Shows are not juried or censored to inspire artistic innovation through audience-driven curation;
  • Artists are selected through a lottery process to ensure a wide range of ability and talent;
  • Artists receive 100% of the ticket price, because no one artist should starve and all artists should reap the benefits of their hard work; and
  • The Festival provides opportunities for everyone to participate!

Our Fringe Festival is held annually in August. This year the Festival runs from August 16–26, 2018. For a complete list of festival hours, including Box Office and Information Services, please visit our Festival home page.

Festival Site hours are:
Aug 16 (Thu) 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Aug 17 (Fri) – Aug 25 (Sat) 11:00am – 11:00pm
Aug 26 (Sun) 11:00am – 8:00pm

For a complete list of Festival hours, including box office, information services, KidsFringe, patios and more, please visit our Festival home page.

Festival Program Guides go on sale August 1, 2018. Purchase your Festival Program Guide online before August 8 and we’ll mail it directly to you! You can also buy in person at the ATB Financial Arts Barns, at Safeway, Sobeys, Chapters, Indigo, and Coles greater Edmonton locations as well as Tix on the Square, and Audreys Books.

During the Festival, guides can be purchased at any box office location.

Access to the Festival site is admission free. However, indoor theatre shows are ticketed. Tickets go on sale at 12Noon on August 8, 2018. Tickets are available online, over the phone at 780-409-1910, or in person at any of our Box Office locations. Please visit the Box Office Information page to find out more. Artists set the ticket price, ranging from $10 – $13 (plus GST/$3 service fee).  PLEASE NOTE: All tickets must be picked up in person in advance of a performance. No refunds, no exchanges, no late entry, and no re-entry. For more information, please contact boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca.

100% of the ticket price goes back to the artists. As a charitable organization, the $3 service helps us cover operational costs like providing free admission to the site, printing tickets, seats to sit on in our theatre venues, and keeping our site clean.

We strive to keep the total ticket prices as low as possible – and cap total cost per ticket at $16 to make it as accessible as possible, while also allowing the artists to earn a fair wage.

If you’re having trouble booking your tickets online please call Patron Services at 780-409-1910.

Entrances to the Festival site are located in Old Strathcona at:

  • 83 Ave & Calgary Trail
  • 83 Ave & Gateway Blvd
  • 85 Ave between Calgary Trail and Gateway Blvd

Volunteers and staff will be available at the Festival entrances to provide you with a handy site map and assist you with any additional directions you may need.

All the details you need to get your Fringe on can be found below or within a few simple clicks.

We are located in the heart of Old Strathcona, so parking in our immediate area is limited. Our main site is one block north of Whyte Avenue, and is very close to residential neighbourhoods. It is important that all Fringe Festival goers, staff, and volunteers respect our neighbours. Please obey street signs and traffic laws, park appropriately, keep the grounds litter free, and be mindful of noise after 11:00pm.

For information on parking locations check out this interactive map. Or, consider taking alternative transportation, like taking Edmonton Transit Service, the High Level Street Car, our free Shuttle service, or walking or biking! Learn about the options on our Parking and Transportation page.

Need help traveling between the Festival site in Old Strathcona and venues on the way to and near the French Quarter? Catch the FREE Fringe Shuttle.

August 16-26, 2018 from 12Noon to 12Midnight

  • Leaves the east side of Gateway Boulevard and Corner of 83 Avenue on the hour (:00) and half hour (:30)
  • Leaves the south side of 86 Avenue and corner of 101 Street at five after (:05) and 35 after (:35)
  • Leaves the north side of 86 Avenue and corner of 91 Street at quarter after (:15) and quarter to (:45)
  • Leaves the north side of 82 Avenue and corner of 96 Street starting at 6pm through 12Midnight at 20 after (:20) and ten-to (:50)

Please give yourself enough time to get to Fringe events, as the shuttle can’t guarantee exact times.

All tickets must be picked up in person in advance of a performance at any of our box office locations. Venues may not have a box office nearby, so please plan accordingly.

Our Central Box Office is located at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue). Tickets are available in advance of the Festival at our Central Box Office and Tix on the Square beginning at 12Noon on August 8.

During the Festival box offices can be found at:

  • Main lobby of the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Ave)
  • 83 Ave in front of Venue #3 Global Walterdale Theatre
  • 83 Ave in front of Venue #10 Have Mercy Acacia Hall
  • 85 Ave between Calgary Trail & Gateway Blvd
  • In front of Venue #5 Kick Point King Edward Elementary School (8530 101 St)
  • In front of La Cite Francophone (8627 91 St [Rue Marie Anne Gaboury])

We strive to make the Festival welcoming and accessible for everyone. For information regarding site accessibility, venue accessibility, DATS drop-off, booking a wheelchair stall for a performance, or general questions about how to fringe, please contact us at 780-409-1910, email us at boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca, or visit the Accessibility page.

Patrons requiring a wheelchair stall for a ticketed performance must secure their ticket at the box office in person, or by calling 780-409-1910 or emailing boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca. PLEASE NOTE: general admission tickets purchased online are seated, and will not ensure a wheelchair stall. For more information, please email boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca.

Senior ticket prices are available to Fringers aged 65 years or older. We welcome Fringers to self-identify when they purchase tickets from any of our box office locations.

Our Festival site is family friendly. All street performers and outdoor stage events are kid friendly.  We also have KidsFringe, a designated area where families can enjoy a variety of activities, games, and performances. Activities are suited for children ages 12 and under. KidsFringe is located at the Strathcona Community League (10139 87 Avenue), just northeast of the main Festival site.

Visit the KidsFringe page for information on programming or take a look at the KidsFringe Schedule.

There is no limit to the variety of shows available! We provide categories and show ratings so you know for instance, whether a show is a family friendly comedy or an adult drama.

You can learn more about shows here. Or, purchase a Festival Program Guide starting August 1, which provides descriptions and details for every show.

Since everyone’s tastes are different, we couldn’t possibly guess what you would like! But, we have a lot of tools to help you decide.

Click here to view the Indoor Show Schedule, or pick up a copy of the Festival Guide for a hands-on version, including behind the scenes tips and interviews!

Click here to view the Outdoor Event and Street Performer schedule, or pick up a copy of the Festival Guide for a hands-on version, including behind the scenes tips and interviews!

Tips for seeing an indoor show:

  1. Remember, no refunds and no exchanges! Tickets will not be refunded or exchanged, unless under extreme circumstances, such as a show cancellation.
  2. Be on time! There is no late entry, and no re-entry. Many venues have performances back to back, and thus, must start on time. Since you never know what fire-breathing, knife juggling street performer you’ll run into on your way, give yourself plenty of time to get to your venue as we aren’t able to admit latecomers. If you need to leave during a performance, please note you will not be permitted re-entry.
  3. Everyone needs a ticket to enter a show. Due to building safety codes, everyone (no matter their age) must have a ticket to enter a show. This includes babes in arms. All tickets (including those purchased online) may be picked up from any Festival box office.
  4. Meet the artists. Fringing is a shared experience. If you loved a show, don’t be shy, let the artist know. They might even be up for a friendly chat over beer, especially if you’re paying!

Tip for seeing street performers:

Festival street performers work hard perfecting their act so they can make your jaw drop. They make their living on your generosity and appreciation for their skills and entertainment. General etiquette is that if you watch a performance you should toss in a few toonies when they pass the hat. Or if you were really impressed, maybe even a twenty!

In partnership with our Lead Sponsor ATB Financial, each year we give away one Golden Ticket to the following year’s Fringe Festival. It provides the winner 100 tickets to shows, VIP parking, and a whole lot more.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to learn how you can win the ATB Financial Golden Ticket to the 2019 Fringe Festival.

We have an extraordinary mix of artists comprised of emerging and professional performers.  Since our Festival is non-juried, uncensored, and subsidizes many production costs, many different artists can participate.  A Fringe show could feature a seasoned, world-famous artist who is trying out a new work, or your mailman who you never knew had a flare for community theatre.

If you’ve lost something on site or in a theatre venue, please visit Security Headquarters located at Orange Hall, immediately south of the ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue), or contact our Security Dispatch directly at 587-784-2664. Security will document all lost and found items that are returned during the Festival and will be happy to help. Please note: Fringe Theatre is not responsible for any lost items.

Unless your pet is a service animal, we ask that you refrain from bringing pets onsite. We host 850,000 visits to the Festival, in addition to street performers and food vendors, and find that the atmosphere is often too chaotic for animals. If you bring non-service animals on site you may be asked to leave the grounds.

No, our site is tobacco free.