Every year in August, the largest theatre festival in North America takes place in Edmonton, Alberta. Created to showcase unique artists and to foster creativity through interaction with the audience, all artists are selected through a lottery to ensure there’s a wide range of ability and talent.
Back In 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival began when eight theatre companies were denied access to an international festival and decided to set up on the outer fringe of the festival grounds. You can now find Fringe Festivals all over the world, with 23 in North America alone!
Not sure where to get started? Explore the program guide at the beginning of August to read descriptions on each of the performances. If you’re feeling adventurous you can see which tickets are discounted day-of or choose a performance using their ‘randomizer’! You can watch over 1,600 performances at over 45 venues within Old Strathcona! Between the indoor plays, outdoor street shows, vendors, musicians, and beer gardens, you’re guaranteed to find something you love at Fringe.
For more information on the Fringe Festival, make sure you check out their website and read all of their FAQs. If you’re a First Time Fringer this year, GetintheLoop members receive $5 off their purchase.