Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event is centrally located in the heart of Old Strathcona in Edmonton. Our key landmarks are the ATB Financial Arts Barns and ATB Park (known as Wilbert McIntyre Park or Gazebo Park).
How to Fringe
Are you a first-time Fringer? A casual Festival-goer? A blossoming theatre-lover? Read these hot tips on How to Fringe before jumping in (though, we’re the jump-right-in-with-both-feet-ask-questions-later kind of folks who strongly encourage adventure and spontaneity, so you do you!).
Getting to the Festival
Getting to the Festival is a breeze, no matter where you are coming from! Learn more about parking and transportation here.
What Should I Bring?
Here are a list of items we recommend you consider bringing with you:
- Comfortable, supportive shoes:
- The main Event site spans across six city blocks. Venues hosting theatre shows are located throughout the neighborhood and beyond. Wear comfy shoes and give yourself lots of time to walk between venues.
- Sunblock, hat, water, and chapstick:
- Protect yourself from long sun and heat exposure, especially if you plan to watch outdoor performances.
- Poncho, rain jacket, or umbrella:
- Edmonton weather can change quickly. Come prepared with a bit of rain gear!
- Casual clothing with layers:
- Some theatre venues do not have air conditioning, so wearing light clothing is helpful. However, when the sun isn’t shining it can get chilly, so make sure to bring long sleeves to keep you warm when the evening rolls around. Forget your warm wear? Our Fringe Shop has you covered! Find us onsite or online.
- Tickets to your show:
- All indoor theatre shows are ticketed and require a ticket to enter the show. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance online and picked up at any Box Office. New this year, ATB Park is an Outdoor Venue. You need a ticket to access ATB Park. Inside the park, you’ll find the full Fringe experience! And don’t worry – we’ve taken care of filling the outdoor artists’ hats so you can kick back and enjoy the show.
- Festival Program Guide:
- Sorry, fringer. Putting together our slick, glossy (and mighty hefty!) print program takes significant time, resources, and planning. Between planning an event amidst evolving health restrictions and wanting to give our artists as much time as possible to safely return to live events, we were unable to print a program this year. You’ll find everything you need on our website. Start on our “Shows & Events” page, where you’ll find links to tickets, show listings, schedules and more! And don’t worry. This is a temporary measure in an extraordinary year.
- A sense of adventure:
- Fringing is all about taking a risk. Go random. Pick a show, any show. Let fun be your guide. No matter the experience, you’ll have a great story at the end of it, we promise. See that magic 8 Ball wiggling at you in the bottom corner of your screen? Give it a shake and let it pick a show for you!
And here are some thing we really, strongly, definitely recommend you NOT bring:
- Your dog, cat, ferret, boa constrictor, or other beloved animals:
- Fringing is for everyone…except pets. We’d love nothing more than to welcome every puppy in the city to fringe with us for 11 days, but with lots of fringers visiting us, our site can be too loud and crowded for non-human family members. For the safety and well-being of both pets and people, please keep all animals at home unless they’re an on-the-clock service animal.
- You know the drill: it’s a big, busy site full of festive folks moving in and out all day long. Keep your personal belongings close and leave anything super valuable at home. Fringe Theatre is not responsible for any lost or stolen items, but if you do lose something, visit Lost and Found located at Security Headquarters in Orange Hall and we’ll do our best to help you find it.
- Anything smoke-able:
- Ours is a smoke free family-friendly site, and has been long before legalization, which means no smoking or vaping on the Fringe grounds.
- Your car:
The Old Strathcona Neighbourhood
The Festival is located just a few minutes from downtown and the University of Alberta. Everything you need is just a walk or bus stop away. The neighbourhood has it all, with opportunities for all five of your senses.
Home to Edmonton’s Theatre District, Old Strathcona is bustling with arts and entertainment. With more than 15 blocks of restaurants and shopping, your trip to Fringe Theatre can easily become an adventure.
Looking for tips on where to go? Below are just a few of our favourite spots to dine, stay, or explore.
- The Next Act Pub
- Chianti Café
- Hudson’s on Whyte
- Sugared & Spiced
- Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market
- High Level Bridge Streetcar
Wherever you land, make sure to let them know you’re a Fringer…special deals might await you!Explore Old Strathcona