Fringe Theatre (FTA) is proud to produce the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, the oldest and largest Festival of its kind in North America. Anchored in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona district, the Festival showcases more than 1,600 performances from 1,200 local, national and international artists at indoor and outdoor venues. Offering something for everyone, the Festival has an attendance of over 650,000 patrons during the 11 days in August.

Application Deadline

2021 Applications will open in early 20201. Please stay tuned.

Vendor Selection

This vendor application form is an application only, and does not guarantee you a space in the Festival. Vendors are selected to participate based on providing the best possible patron food experience at the Festival. All information must be complete and accurate. Failure to complete all areas will delay your application. From the information provided, we will choose vendors and allocate space as fairly as possible. Previous participation in the Festival does not guarantee acceptance or the same location year over year.

Vendors as Sponsors

Support the Fringe Festival and you’ll support artists, volunteers, audiences, and our community. Our sponsorships are build for creativity, flexibility, and problem solving. As storytellers, our priority is to share the unique story of your business and our partnership.

Cash sponsorship benefits may include Sponsorship recognition in the Festival Guide, online/social media Sponsorship recognition, and an invitation to the VIP Sponsor Reception! In-kind partnerships are possible; please note that donations are valued at half of fair market value (unless a cheque exchange is completed).

If you are interested in supporting the Festival as a Sponsor, please indicate this in your Vendor application. We’ll get in touch after your application has been received.

Questions? Contact Erin Voaklander, Development Specialist:

Important Dates for Vendors

PLEASE NOTE: 2020 dates and deadlines will be released in February 2020. Below are 2019 dates and deadlines for reference.

Deadlines prior to Festival may shift depending on date of application. For more information, please contact

February 4, 2019: Applications available on or before February 4, 2019 online at Vendors without online access to the application form may request that an application form be sent to them via post, email or fax.

March 23, 2019: Deadline for Vendor Submission of Applications. Vendor applications received after the application deadline will be placed on a waiting list and will not be considered in the original selection.

April 16, 2019: Deadline to inform Vendors of their acceptance or refusal into the Festival

May 7, 2019: Deadline for vendors to meet with Vendor Coordinator to sign contracts, pay fees to Fringe Theatre Adventures and submit all additional documentation required to participate in the Festival.

May 7, 2019: First Installment Due: 50% of total fees must be paid in order to reserve space. Post Dated Damage Deposit CHEQUE Due. Provide posted dated cheque or pre-authorization on credit card for remaining balance due at this time.

June 17, 2019: Final Installment / Balance Due.

July 26, 2019: Vendor load in schedule sent to Vendors.

August 12 – 15, 2019: Vendors load in to site as per schedule set by Vendor Coordinator.

August 15 – 25, 2019: Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

August 26, 2019: All Vendors load out and leave site by 5pm


Please read the following Rules and Regulations. You will be asked to sign your application and acknowledge that you understand and can comply with all Vendor requirements.



104 Street and 83 Avenue Locations:

  • 10 x 10 Tent or Trailer – $4,700.00 + GST + $200 Volunteer Food Program (No GST)
  • 10 x 20 Tent or Trailer – $6,500.00 + GST + $200 Volunteer Food Program (No GST)

North Link Locations (located between 103 and 104 Street/between 84 & 85 Avenue):

  • 10 x 10 Tent or Trailer – $4,000.00 + GST + $200 Volunteer Food Program (No GST)
  • 10 x 20 Tent or Trailer – $5,500.00 + GST + $200 Volunteer Food Program (No GST)

Wine Bar Location (104 Street & 83 Avenue):

  • 10ft x 10ft Tent or Trailer $4,000.00* + GST + $200 Volunteer Food Program (No GST)
  • 10ft x 20ft Tent or Trailer $5,500.00* + GST + $200 Volunteer Food Program (No GST)

Fees can be paid in Full or by Installment as follows:

Option 1: All Fees Due and Paid in Full by May 7, 2019

Option 2: 50% of Total Fees and Damage Deposit Cheque Due

First Installment Paid by May 7, 2019

Balance of Total Fees Paid by June 17, 2019

All fees are due as per the payment structure set out. FTA accepts cash, debit, major credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) and cheques. Cheques are to made payable to FRINGE THEATRE ADVENTURES. A $ 50.00 service charge will be levied for NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds) cheques. If payment is more than 24 hours late, after the due dates specified, the contract will be cancelled or a $100.00 late fee will be charged.. If applicable, the Vendor will lose all First Installment Deposit Fees paid.


The 2019 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival takes place August 15 – 25, 2019.

The site will be open as follows:

Aug 15 (Opening)        6 PM to 11 PM

Aug 16-Aug 24             11 AM to 11 PM

Aug 25 (Closing)          11 AM to 8 PM

All Vendors must remain open during these specified times for the duration of the Festival.


The Vendor Load in Schedule will be available by July 26, 2019 and will be provided to Vendors by the Vendor Administration Team. All Vendors must comply with the Load in Schedule as set. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Vendors are not to arrive prior to their set time and Festival Security will be on site to ensure all Vendors comply with their designated times.


All Vendors and equipment must be off site by 5 PM as of Monday, August 26, 2019. Site must be left clean and free of garbage and debris. Failure to comply will result in a fine of $250.00, and all materials left on site will be removed at the expense of the owner.


The signed Vendor Contract is a limited license to use Fringe Theatre Adventures Society site for the purpose of doing business. The Vendor may only occupy space that has been specifically allotted to them. Only approved products services can be sold.


All booths on the Festival Site must be of sturdy construction and be weighted to the ground. The pegging of tents into the pavement is forbidden. Tents must be manufactured with a flame retardant material; recreational tents or tarps are not permitted by fire code. If a booth becomes unstable during the Festival, FTA reserves the right to dismantle the booth for public safety, at the expense of the Vendor. No changes to a Vendor’s booth may occur during the Festival, without written approval from the Vendor Coordinator. These changes include, booth structure, signage, moving garbage barrels and infringing upon vendor storage area.


Vendor signage must fit on the booth, and not extend above the booth, or in front of it. The vertical height of a Vendor’s booth may not exceed 12 feet (3.7 meters). Sandwich boards are only permitted within the total space allotment of the booth and may not protrude outward.


All Vendors must have appropriate City of Edmonton Licenses/Permits and insurance for the operation of their booth and will need to submit this documentation upon signing the Contract. All Vendors must obtain a minimum of $2,000,000 Commercial General Liability Insurance naming Fringe Theatre Adventures as an additional insured. Proof of insurance is required for acceptance into the Festival and must be available upon signing of the contract.


Food Vendors will be required to provide a class BC 20 Fire Extinguisher for their booth. No uncontrolled flames are allowed on site. The City of Edmonton Fire Inspector has the authority to inspect any Vendor structure at any time. Briquettes shall be disposed of in a metal can complete with lid, that has been filled to a minimum 15 cm depth with wet sand.


All food vendors must provide a Temporary Food Concession – Special Event Permit. Alberta Health Services Inspectors will be on site to ensure all safety standards are adhered to.  All instructions and advisements by the Health Inspector must be adhered to.  To not do so is grounds for removal from the Festival.  AHS forms and special event information can be found on the following link:


Hook up and removal of water and sewage services are arranged by Fringe Theatre. No vendor on sitemay perform hook ups or disconnections independently. Fringe Theatre will advise each Vendor where to route gray water as some locations require gray water to be carried to a designated dump site. Sinks, approved potable water hose, gray water hose, sump pump, and gray water containers (if required) are to be provided by the Vendor. Fines will be levied against all Vendors not complying with the above.

Plumbers will be on site during move in to ensure proper water and gray water set up. All Vendors will pay additional fees should a plumber need to be called to address leaks. Minimum charge will be $150.00.

All food Vendors require grease traps for sinks. Food Vendors will be responsible for providing and maintaining their own units. Food vendors must dispose of the grease trap contents in a safe manner or cap and remove the trap from the site without spillage. There will be no exceptions.


A Fringe approved supplier will provide all on site propane services. Vendors may not hook up, remove or refill their own propane while on site. All propane equipment supplied by the Vendor must conform to current safety standards and will be required to have current safety permits. The City of Edmonton enforces prohibition of excess fuel stored in/around/under vendor trailers and/or tents.  This includes propane and gas containers.


Fringe Theatre Adventures will supply power hookup and disconnection to each booth. Installations will be inspected, and only approved electrical devices can be used. Total power for Food Vendors shall not exceed 50 amps 220v. If a Vendor requires more than 50 amps, the Vendor must purchase additional power at a an additional rate.  . A Vendor will pay additional fees should an electrician need to be called to address power concerns caused by misuse or overloading power panels. Minimum charge $150.00.

Under NO circumstances are Vendors authorized to alter their power hookup, as this constitutes a violation of Provincial Law.

Electricians will be on site during move in to ensure proper connections. The Vendor Coordinator will be the first point of contact to address any and all electrical needs.


Vendors will be permitted to sell bottled water, carbonated beverages and juices. Purchase of beverage product will be through an official supplier as designated by Fringe Theatre Adventures, no exceptions.   Follow up with the supplier will be ongoing prior and throughout the Festival; failure to comply will result in immediate removal from the Festival.  No beverages of any kind will be permitted on the Festival site for sale unless it is part of your FTA approved menu.

  1. ICE

Arctic Glacier will provide all on site services for ice. Ice must be purchased from Fringe Theatre Adventures. Ice will be available through the Administration Desk from 9am – 9pm. Ice purchases must be paid for while on site, cash and carry only.


No Styrofoam of any type will be permitted on the Festival site. Biodegradable and/or corn based plates, cups and utensils must be used by Vendors and be purchased from a designated Fringe Theatre Adventures supplier one month in advance of move in date. 2019 supplier is EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS. Follow up with the supplier will be ongoing prior and throughout the Festival; failure to comply will result in immediate removal from the Festival.  . Any Vendor not using biodegradable products will be asked to remove them immediately.


There is NO Vendor parking (including recreational vehicles) or camping anywhere on the Festival site. Vendors caught parking on the Festival site will be towed at the Vendor’s expense.


Garbage removal is the responsibility of the Vendor during move in, throughout the Festival, and load out. During the Festival all Vendors must keep their booth and surrounding ten foot (10 ft) radius clean. No boxes or garbage are to be stored behind the booth and under no circumstances are Vendors allowed to use garbage bins designated for public use. The Festival Waste and Recycling Policy will be available to vendors upon signing and must be strictly adhered to. A $250.00 fine will be levied against all Vendors not complying with the above.


Vendors shall familiarize themselves with, and observe all applicable bylaws. Vendor staff nor the booth products can encroach on the road. All staff, products and signage must be contained within the purchased space. Vendors must allow passersby unencumbered passage down the street, and only initiate contact with attendees when they are in close proximity to the booth. Fringe Theatre Adventures Vendor Coordinator will arbitrate all disputes between Vendors, or between Vendors and the public. FTA reserves the right to cancel a Vendor’s contract if the Fringe Theatre Adventures Code of Conduct is not adhered to. All decisions made by Fringe Theatre Adventures Vendor Coordinator are final.


Security personnel are on site at the Festival; however, Fringe Theatre Adventures will not be held responsible for lost or stolen property. In case of security or safety questions or concerns during the Festival, please contact the FTA Administration Office at 780-448-9000, or have a Festival Site Staff member contact Central Dispatch.


All Vendor employees must be at least 15 years of age, under Provincial Law. Any person left in charge of a booth must at least 18 years of age. If the owner, or person signing the Vendor Contract will not be on site daily at the Festival, the name of the person responsible for the booth, as designated by the licensee, must be made available to the Vendor Administration Team


Fringe Theatre Adventures reserves the right to accept, refuse or terminate Vendor participation in the Festival based on criteria as set in this document or in other Vendor policies. Adherence to deadlines and to all rules and regulations is necessary to manage the Vendor program effectively and as such will be strictly enforced.


If you have questions prior to signing and submitting your application, please contact the Fringe Vendor Administration Team by calling 780-448-9000.

2019 Vendor Program Contacts

Chris Kavanagh
Operations Director

Erin Birkenbergs
Vendor Coordinator