If you’re on the Festival grounds, you’re fringing. Fringing is about jumping in feet-first, taking creative chances, and choosing your own adventure. It’s about creating new traditions and embracing old one. It’s taking a journey that YOU get to shape.
Catch an indoor show or cheer on an outdoor performer. Grab a green onion cake or chill out in one of the Big Rock Beer Tents. Meet up with friends, or make some new ones. Any way you slice it, once you step foot on the Festival site, your fringing has begun. We’ve collected some bits of age old wisdom to help you live large and fringe to the fullest this festival. Happy fringing!
There’s no wrong way to fringe, so dive in! With more than 1,600 performances, 38 venues , two outdoor stages, four patios, and 65 vendors, there’s something for everyone.
The Fringe Festival is all about trying something new. Pick a show to see at random, taste a food you’ve never tried, raise your hand when an outdoor performer asks for a volunteer, or chat up a fellow Fringer in a pre-show lineup. You never know what you’ll discover.
KNOW THE POSSIBILITIES
There’s always something new happening. Join the #YEGFRINGE conversation and follow @EdmontonFringe for the latest events, tips, behind-the-scene news, and sneak peaks around the Festival. Or, follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook!
MEET THE ARTISTS
When you’re fringing, you’re part of a community of risk-takers, dreamers, and makers. You never know who you might bump into. Don’t be afraid to say hi, chat them up about their performance, or invite them for a beer!
SHOW OUR NEIGHBOURS YOUR LOVE
We are grateful to Old Strathcon for opening their neighbourhood to our Festival each year. Show them your love and gratitude by putting litter in bins, keeping noise down (especially late at night), and considering how you commute to the site.
Artists set the ticket price, ranging from $10 – $13 (plus GST/service fee). Please visit the Box Office for details and to purchase tickets.
WHAT TO SEE
Since everyone’s tastes are different, we couldn’t possibly guess what you would like! But, we have plenty of tools to help you decide.
Our Festival Program Guide lets you hold descriptions and details for the whole Festival in your hands. You’ll also find behind-the-scene interviews and tips on navigating the Festival. We provide categories and show ratings so you know, for instance, whether a show is a family friendly comedy or an adult geared drama.
We encourage you to take a chance on shows. Part of the Fringe experience is discovering something new. Of the thousands of performances, our Randomizer can suggest something completely random for you to see.
Looking for the Daily Discount Booth? You won’t have to look too far: Daily Discount tickets are no available at any Festival Box Office*. Each day, tickets to select performances for that day will be deeply discounted and available for purchase at our Box Office locations*. Discounted performances will be announced daily on our blog.
*PLEASE NOTE: Daily discount tickets are NOT available at Tix on the Square.
KidsFringe has moved! Follow the dino footprints to find the new KidsFringe location. Based at the Strathcona Community League (10139 – 87 Avenue), KidsFringe is bigger and better than ever – now with 100% more dinosaurs! Our new KidsFringe location also features a dedicated theatre venue just for kids’ shows. Our updated location is a one-stop-shop for fun, offering a wide array kid friendly activities, greater space to run and play, indoor Theatre for Young Audiences, and the same FREE programming Fringe families have come to love!
CHANGES TO BOX OFFICE LOCATIONS
To better accommodate our new KidsFringe location, the Box Office traditionally located near Kick Point King Edward Elementary School – Venue 5 will be moving to North, and can be found near the KidsFringe gates.
GREET THE MORNING AT THE MACLAB WINE TENT
Gearing up for an early show? Between 10am and 12Noon, the Maclab Wine Tent will have coffee and tea for sale. And hey, if you’re not in a rush, it’s also the perfect spot to enjoy that summer morning sunshine. Proceeds from coffee and tea sales benefit Fringe Theatre, meaning that cup of coffee won’t just keep YOU going, but artists as well!
SKILLS ‘N’ THRILLS SHOW
Formerly known as the Friday Night Fire Show, the Skills ‘n’ Thrills Show has fewer flames, but remains just as hot! Join us at the ATB Outdoor Stage on Friday, August 24 at 10:15pm and prepare to be blown away by our Fringe buskers’ favourite bits!
Did you miss the show everyone was raving about? Fear not, intrepid Fringer: a few of the best Fringe shows are held-over after the Festival for a special run August 29 – September 1. Shows are announced and tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, August 24 at all Fringe Theatre and Tix on the Square Box Offices.