As all the Fringe veterans know (and you first-timers should learn), sometimes the biggest challenge at the Fringe is parking! The first rule of Fringing: LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR PARKING, because at Fringe, THERE’S NO LATE ENTRY!.
Each year, the festival grows, but unfortunately the parking lots don’t. That means you may have to park further away, and sometimes pay for parking. It could take a while to get to your show, so leave some extra time, since ALL SHOWS START ON TIME, with NO LATE ENTRY (really we mean this.) It you get luck and find a close space right away, with time to kill, then enjoy a little time at the outdoor stage listening to some free entertainment, have a bite from one of the fine food vendors, or perhaps a cold beverage (adult or otherwise.)
Also, once you park, STAY PARKED. Don’t give up your spot to drive to the next venue if you don’t have to. Most of our venues are around a mile apart. It’s a beautiful walk around Lake Formosa, down to the Black venue or down Mills to St. Matt’s, so strap on your walking shoes and get there the old-fashioned way. Here are all of the distances to the venues from the Lowndes Shakespeare Center:
Through the generosity of some local businesses, we have some additional parking. These might seem a little further out and you might be tempted into taking a chance on finding one in Lock Haven; but in the long run, it may be faster (and less frustrating) to use these additional lots. This is especially true, the later in the day you arrive, when the Loch Haven lots start filling up. Here’s a guide for the larger parking locations. You can always drop off everyone in the car and let the designated runner, go park the car.
Lowndes Shakespeare Center & OMA: The most convenient for all venues and the Fringe Lawn, but it fills up fast and is the most challenging for finding a spot – it can take as long as 45 minutes to 1 hour at busy times. This lot is FREE.
Orlando Repertory Theatre: This lot is also inside the park, so it fills up quickly as well. It is occasionally closed to Fringe guests for special events. This lot is FREE.
Magruder Eye Institute: Available on Saturdays and Sundays all day during Fringe, and its FREE. Lots of spaces, the perfect location for a short walk to Silver and Green venues, or across the street to KIDS FRINGE!!
Florida Urology Associates: Available on Saturdays and Sundays all day during Fringe, and its FREE. Lots of spaces, great location for KIDS FRINGE, just a short walk across a bridge! Also just a block from the Silver and Green venues.
Florida Hospital Parking Garage The hospital parking garage on McRae Avenue is a quick few minute walk to Loch Haven Park. Nice covered parking and inexpensive to free (depending on the day and time.)
The Black Venue, located at 511 Virginia is approximately 1 mile from the other Fringe locations, if you park your car in that area, the map below show some of the parking options. There is also other street parking scattered throughout the area, some in the commercial areas and some on residential streets. If you park in the residential areas, please make sure you are not blocking driveways or otherwise hindering the area homeowners.