The Edmonton Fringe Festival has returned for the 37th year. Here’s a few things to know before heading to festival:

  • Held August 16-26, 2018 at a series of venues throughout Old Strathcona. Check out gate entrance locations here.
  • This year’s theme is “Fringe’0’Saurus Rex” (awesome).
  • Its the largest and oldest of its kind in all of North America. Fringin’ since ’82, baby.
  • Parking is limited so leave the car at home and walk, bike or hop on transit!

And now BEHOLD! Here are five reasons why the Edmonton Fringe Festival rules. 

1. Free entry.

Yeah dawg, you read that right. Free entry. You’re more than welcome to wander the festival grounds, explore the vendors and take in the street performers, however indoor theatre shows are ticketed. Prices range from $10-$13 plus a $3 service charge. Just remember to pick up your tickets before the show!


2. Daily discount. 

Each day, tickets to a select number of shows receive a huge discount. Check out the sweet daily deals on the Edmonton Fringe Festival blog.


3. So. Many. Shows. 

The Fringe offers shows for everyone. There’s comedies, dramas, improv, musicals, burlesque, stand up and even a show with Pam Poovey of Archer! Well, the actress that voices her. Check out Bryce Kelley’s interview with Amber Nash here. With 228 shows to choose from, there’s something for everyone!


4. Beer gardens. 

The Fringe beer gardens are something special. Find them nestled under one of the huge trees in Old Strathcona, with lights strung throughout the branches. It’s the perfect place to hang out after a show and sip on a Big Rock with old friends and new.


5. Kids Fringe too! 

Kids Fringe is held at the Strathcona Community League (10139 – 87 Avenue) daily from 10:30-5:30pm and 10:30-8pm on August 23-24. Toddlers to tweens are invited to participate in performances, crafts, reading and play at Kid Fringe. With spaces for newborns and a Theatre for Young Audiences, the entire family will have a blast at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

Check out the list of Fringe shows brought to you by SONiC 102.9 and Rapid Fire Theatre here.



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