our marquee event
The 32nd Annual International Fringe Theatre Festival
Presented by City Beverages
In-Person // May 16-29, 2023
'til the next Fringe Fest!
How do you Fringe?
Where is Fringe?
Fringe covers a pretty good sized area and with multiple venues in the area, it’s good to know where everything is.
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what is fringe?
In a word, fringe is "unique"
The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is a 14-day immersive cultural experience held annually in mid-May, featuring 850 ticketed theatrical performances and a free outdoor music festival. Loch Haven Park serves as the main campus for the festival, though in recent years programming has expanded to venues in nearby Ivanhoe Village and Winter Park. The festival unites local, national, and international artists with the Central Florida community, creating a uniquely diverse arts experience.
As the longest-running Fringe theatre festival in the United States, Orlando Fringe is founded on being:
100% UNCENSORED; you never know what the artists will say or do. The artists have full control over their performance.
100% UNJURIED; performers are chosen at random by a lottery, providing equity among artists.
100% ACCESSIBLE; ticket prices range from FREE TO $12.We keep the price low so you can check out multiple shows.
100% INCLUSIVE, we are an environment where everyone is treated with love and kindness. We welcome anyone regardless of their age, gender, the color of your skin, religion, who you’re attracted to, or anything else.
100% OF ALL TICKET SALES are returned to the artists giving artists monetary resources to continue creating art.
ORLANDO FRINGE IS A SAFE SPACE. We are committed to striving towards a respectful, safer environment free from harassment, violence, discrimination, bullying, and abuse. Participation in activities or behaviors that discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, marital status, religious beliefs, citizenship, mental and physical abilities, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.
fringe is more than theatre
There’s nothing better than fantastic live music under the stars. Every night of Fringe is filled with free live performances on our Outdoor Stage.
The Free Outdoor Stage is home to The Swamp Sista La La, Jambando, Southern Fried Sunday and many more themed nights.
At Fringe, you could hear jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Folk, and even Tiki by a group of ukulele players.
Visual Fringe celebrates Visual Artists. An online gallery will be available during the festival. These pieces are for sale and 100% of the purchase cost goes directly to the artist.
Stop by the Visual Fringe table in the courtyard of The Lowndes Shakespeare Center to meet a rotating group of artists and see live demonstrations.
Lining the walls of the festival are pieces of art on display from Visual Fringe. These pieces are for sale and 100% of the purchase cost goes directly to the artist.
Stop by the Visual Fringe table in The Lowndes Shakespeare Center to meet a rotating group of artists and see live demonstrations.
Kids Fringe is the free kids festival within the big festival. It’s free for everyone to attend and takes place in and around The Orlando Garden Club.
Kids Fringe takes over the entire inside and outside of the building and fills it with free arts and craft activities for children. On the Fringezilla Mainstage, artists present special children’s theatre performances.
Outside, the green space is filled with animal meetings, painting, puppet parades, and more.
[LEARN MORE ABOUT KIDS FRINGE]
Orlando Fringe hosts numerous special events during the festival. Some of the can’t-miss events each year include, Tonight at Midnight with Rauce Padgett, The Flashlight Cabaret, as well as Opening Night parties, special free guided tours, and more.
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Coming June 3-17, 2022 is DigiFringe! The digital theatre offering from Orlando Fringe. Some of the shows in our festival-managed venues will be recorded and available for viewing wherever in the world you are along with additional shows from international artists that were not able to perform at Orlando Fringe in person this year.
This digital festival will return 100% of all ticket sales to the performing artists. A separate one-time DigiFringe button purchase will be required to view the online performances.
how do you fringe?
Get a Button
Available at the box office and merch tables. They can be used over and over again. They are one of the two things needed for admission to a show, and they make you look really cool.
Get a Ticket
Ask around, talk to an artist, or choose a show randomly. Head to any box office or use this website to buy a ticket. Feel good that 100% of the ticket sales go directly to the artist.
[LEARN MORE ABOUT TICKETING]
See a Show
Attend a ticketed performance or one of the free events on the outdoor stage. Tell your friends about it. Repeat steps 2 & 3 often.
no button = no entry
Don’t Be Late
All shows begin on time. Once the pre-show announcements have concluded and the theatre doors are closed, you cannot be admitted. There are no refunds. Feel good that you supported an artist.
Lines Are Love
They’re a linear pre-show party. Mingle. Chill. Meet people. Talk about the must-sees. Let an artist chat you up.
You Should Also…
Chill in the beer tent, get a bite to eat, enjoy performances on the outdoor stage, strike up a conversation. Make friends.
where is fringe?
Each of our venue partners provide performance space for our artists to perform for you.
fringe managed venues
Loch Haven Park
This is the main hub of activity for the festival. This is where you will find The Lowndes Shakespeare Center, The Orlando Museum of Art and, The Orlando Repertory Theatre. In the green lawn of the park, you will find our famous Beer Tent, Booze tent, FREE Outdoor Stage, numerous food vendors, and more. Alcoholic beverages purchased on the lawn may not leave the fenced lawn area.
AMENITIES: ATM, RESTROOMS, BEER, WINE, LIQUOR, FOOD VENDORS, MERCHANDISE
VENUES: THE OUTDOOR STAGE
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
This building houses the majority of Fringe Venues. You will also find our main festival box office, Visual Fringe, and a beer tent in the courtyard. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the courtyard may not leave the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
AMENITIES: ATM, RESTROOMS, BEER, WINE, MERCHANDISE, BOX OFFICE, VISUAL FRINGE, INFO TABLE
VENUES: BLUE, ORANGE, PINK, BROWN, AND YELLOW
New for 2022, this building houses two fringe venues.
There is also a satellite box office inside the building.
Drinks are allowed in venues.
AMENITIES: RESTROOMS, BEER, WINE, LIQUOR, BOX OFFICE
VENUES: PURPLE AND TEAL
Orlando Museum of Art
This building houses the Gold Venue as well as our Club Fringe lounge and volunteer check-in. No food or drink allowed inside the Gold Venue.
AMENITIES: CLUB FRINGE LOUNGE, RESTROOMS
Orlando Repertory Theatre
This building houses our Green and Silver venues. There is also a box office in the lobby of the Silver Venue. No food or drink allowed inside any Orlando Repertory Theatre Venues.
AMENITIES: RESTROOMS, BOX OFFICE
VENUES: GREEN AND SILVER
Orlando Garden Club
This building and its surrounding green space is home to Kids Fringe. It is open on Fridays and Saturdays of Fringe from 10 AM – 2 PM.
AMENITIES: RESTROOMS, SNACKS
VENUES: KIDS FRINGE
bring your own venue partners (byov)
These venues are partners in the community that have asked to turn their location into a venue for Fringe. These locations are operated by our partners but are still part of the festival.
Fringe artists often approach us with ideas or productions that take place in unconventional locations. Venues include a campfire in front of the green venue, a cargo van in the parking lot, and more! Check the show listing for all the juicy details.
Various Artist Chosen Locations
Fringe artists often approach us with ideas or productions that take place in unconventional locations. Venues include A campfire in front of the green venue, a cargo van in the parking lot, and more! Check the show listing for all the juicy details.
getting to fringe
Orlando Fringe is located in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. Always make sure to plan for travel time to the festival and between venues because all shows start on time, there is no late entry, and there are no refunds.
walking and cycling
Loch Haven Park is right at the end of the Orlando Urban Trail which runs from Lake Estelle Park to the corner of Orange and Magnolia. Cycling to Fringe is super convenient. You don’t have to worry about fighting for a parking spot if you bike it. Juice Bikes are available between the Lowndes Shakespeare Center and the Orlando Museum of Art.
Take the SunRail to Florida Hospital Health Village. From there it is a short walk east to Loch Haven Park. A SunRail train comes into the station every 30 minutes. Please check sunrail.com for complete schedules.
There are two bus links that run close to Fringe. Link #102 (Orange Avenue / South 17-92) and Link #125 (Silver Star Road Crosstown) stops are within short walking distance of Fringe. Check golynx.com for complete schedules.
There is FREE parking (about 500 spaces) within the Loch Haven Park facilities. It is on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is also a parking garage at Florida Hospital, after 5:00pm, which is just a short walk to all of our Loch Haven facilities.
There is also FREE parking on nights and weekends at the Magruder Eye Institute located south on Mills Ave.
There are limited free parking spaces located along Orange and Alden.
No parking is allowed on the grass within the Loch Haven Park or within any no parking zones. No parking is allowed along any of the curbs within the park. You will be ticketed and towed if you park along any of these curbs.
Allow yourself plenty of time to park, get your tickets and get to your venues.
May the parking gods be with you.