Minnesota Fringe Festival

Daily from Aug. 4-14
Time Varies
$16 weekday passes; $22 weekends
Festivals, Theater

For its 23rd annual go-round, the Minnesota Fringe Festival is making a big change to its ticketing system: Instead of buying tickets on a show-by-show basis (and then getting one of those annoying, beloved buttons), all patrons will buy day passes. Organizers hope that the passes, which will cost $16 for weekdays and $22 on weekends, will encourage Fringe-goers to take in more shows, since every additional performance after you pay for the day’s first will be free. What’s not changing is the festival’s signature non-juried application process, meaning that you never know quite what will happen when the lights go down at one of the Fringe’s dozen or so Minneapolis venues. The Bryant-Lake Bowl returns to the Fringe mix this year — good news for those who like a little grass-fed beef with their indie theater — and Northeast’s new Strike Theater will be a venue as well. As you plan your attack, watch online for our Fringe reviews once the festival begins. Audience feedback on the festival website drives a lot of buzz too (and they’re unfailingly entertaining to read). Another good place to get the what’s what is at Fringe Central, the festival’s officially endorsed late-night hang for drinks and gossip. This year it’s sponsored by Surly and hosted at Republic. For more info, visit