To fringe or not to fringe… is there even a question? The Edmonton Fringe Festival runs August 11-21 2022, with 160+ shows at 27 different venues. This multiple-day fun-filled festival includes indoor shows, free outdoor performances, a mini Fringe just for kids, patio parties, and much more! Here are 7 tips to help you navigate through this year’s exciting festival.
1. Get with the program. Program guides are the best way to see what, when, and where shows are happening, and it makes it a lot easier to make a schedule for the day. The guide is also convenient in that it tells you how many minutes it will take to walk from the ATB Financial Arts Barns to the other venues.
2. Listen to recommendations. With so many shows at so many venues, how do you decide what to see? Strike up conversations with fellow Fringers in the ticket lines or in the beer tents, and ask them what they’ve enjoyed. Follow the hashtag #YEGfringe on Twitter or Instagram to get the latest scoop on ticket discounts, show reviews, and festival tips from fellow fringers. And most importantly: You can also find our picks for Fringe shows we’ve enjoyed on the site later in the festival!
3. Take advantage of discounts. Fringe artists sometimes offer tickets at a discounted price at the Daily Discount Booths—now available at any Fringe Box Office. Stop by in the afternoon or check the website to see what deals on a great show you can take advantage of. There will be different shows every day!
4. Leave your car at home. As parking space is limited due to the number of attendees per year, there are a few other transportation options that you may want to consider. A free shuttle runs between Old Strathcona and the French Quarter every half hour, and the High Level Bridge Streetcar runs between Old Strathcona and Jasper Plaza every 40 minutes.
5. Don’t forget the little fringers! The Kids Fringe area is filled with activities and performances geared towards families with kids and it’s completely FREE. There are several activity stations to visit and collect stamps—collect all the stamps and the kids will receive a free ice cream!
6. Anticipate the Edmonton-y weather. It’s been an unpredictable summer, and you don’t want to be caught unawares! The festival runs rain or shine, so make sure to stay hydrated and well sun-screened while you fringe—and there are several patios around the festival to get some shade (or shelter) and a cold beverage or two. And maybe pack a poncho or umbrella, just in case.
7. Get there early with an empty bladder. All of the shows follow a schedule and, unfortunately, there is no way to get into an indoor show once it’s started. This is also true of leaving the theatre for a bathroom break. Plan to be there early so you have lots of time to find your seat—and maybe stop for some relief before the lights dim!
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival | August 11-21
Various venues in Old Strathcona, the French Quarter, and 124 Street.