The Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival is centrally located in the heart of Old Strathcona in Edmonton. The Festival’s key landmarks are the ATB Financial Arts Barns and the Wilbert McIntyre Park (also known as 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.

Accommodations

We highly recommend the Metterra Hotel and Varscona Hotel. Both hotels are located along Whyte Avenue within just a few minutes’ walk of the Festival site.

What Should I Bring?

Here are a list of items we recommend you consider bringing with you:

  1. Comfortable, supportive shoes:
    • The main Festival 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.
  2. Sunblock, hat, water, and chapstick:
    • Protect yourself from long sun and heat exposure, especially if you plan to watch a lot of outdoor performances.
  3. Poncho, rain jacket, or umbrella:
    • Edmonton weather can change quickly. Come prepared with a bit of rain gear!
  4. 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.
  5. Cash and coins:
    • Outdoor performers make their living by passing the hat at the end of their show. Make sure you have some spare change to toss in to thank them for their entertainment. Plus, some vendor booths are cash only. ATM machines are also available on site.
  6. Tickets to your show:
    • All indoor theatre shows are ticketed and require a physical ticket to enter the show. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance online and picked up at any box office.
  7. Festival Program Guide:
    • The Festival Program Guide go on sale beginning August 1, 2019. The Program Guide is your key to great stories and behind-the-scene interviews with artists and Festival producers, and important Festival information, including show descriptions, schedules, and event listings. Buy your guide in advance starting August 1, or purchase it from any Box Office location once you arrive on site.
  8. 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.

And here are some thing we really, strongly, definitely recommend you NOT bring:

  1. 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 850,000 site visits to the Festival, 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.
  2. Valuables:
    • 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Your car:
    • We know we’re starting to sound like a broken record here, but between 850,000 fringers and ongoing summer construction, parking really is at a premium. Ride your bike, walk, take transit, ride the historic High Level Street Car, cab, Pogo…just please don’t drive if you don’t absolutely have to.

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.

Wherever you land, make sure to let them know you’re a Fringer…special deals might await you!

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