Performer Joel Swanson on stage with his Frogpig puppet

recharge yourself

Celebrating 5 years of Winter Fun, Florida style
// January 7-10, 2021

Performer, Tymisha Harris on stage
Performers from The Cold Harts, performing on stage
Performer Paul Strickland on stage
Performer Chase Padgett singing and playing guitar
Performer with glasses and a mustache, dressed in black pants, with a red sweater and tie.
Performers on stage, having a snowball fight with toilet paper.
Performer Logan Donahoo on stage
Photo of Paris Crayton performing on stage.
Performer Katie Thayer in a bikini doing a split on stage
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Happy Fringe!

'til the next Winter Mini-Fest!

What is
Winter Mini-Fest?

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Want to know more about Winter Mini-Fest is? Explore the event!
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How do you
Winter Mini-Fest?

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There are some specific things you need to know about Winter Mini-Fest.
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Where is
Winter Mini-Fest?

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While the big Fringe Festival in May 11+ venues, The Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest is only 3 venues and is much easier to navigate. Click to [LEARN MORE]

what is winter mini-fest?

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Winter Mini-Fest was created in 2017 for two purposes:

First it was to produce a smaller and easier to experience version of Fringe for new patrons that may have been unsure about attending the May festival. Second, it was to fill a bridge the gap in the hearts of so many Fringe fans between festivals in May.

To make the Winter Mini-Fest a sure-bet for the uninitiated, this smaller, four-day festival is curated. A percentage of shows are award-winning shows from the festival in May. Another percentage of shows are new works from some of our most celebrated artists. The last and most exciting piece is the new shows; the artists that have never performed in Orlando that we have discovered while touring other Fringe festivals around the world. We’ve discovered some amazing artists and have invited them to Orlando and we can’t wait for you to meet them.

Just like the big Fringe Festival in May, Winter Mini-Fest is:

100% UNCENSORED; you never know what the artists will say or do.

100% ACCESSIBLE; ticket prices are all $14 which allows anyone from any walk of life to experience Fringe.

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.

ORLANDO FRINGE IS A SAFE SPACE. We are committed to a respectful, safe environment free from harassment, violence, discrimination, bullying, and abuse. All community members are to be treated with respect and dignity. We provide opportunities for everyone to contribute and participate in all events and activities or behaviors that discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, marital status, religious beliefs, citizenship, mental and physical abilities, or sexual orientation.

winter mini-fest is more than theatre

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Staged Readings

Most patrons of theatre do not get the chance to see the creative process when it comes to creating a new show to be performed at Fringe. At Winter Mini-Fest, we invite Fringe artists to hold staged readings of their scripts which gives the audience a sneak peek into a show they will see in May, but to the artists, they receive valuable feedback from the audience about their show.

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Visual Fringe

On display at Winter Mini-Fest are pieces of art on display from Visual Fringe. These pieces are for sale and 100% of the purchase cost is provided to the artist.

Stop by the Visual Fringe tent in the courtyard to meet a rotating group of artists and see live demonstrations.

[LEARN MORE ABOUT VISUAL FRINGE] 

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Kids Fringe

On the mornings of Saturday and Sunday, families can attend The Kids Fringe Mini-Mini-Fest. The event for kids is filled with games, arts, crafts, activities, and more and is FREE. We’ve also curated some special theatre for young audiences and they are available for a minimal cost.

[LEARN MORE ABOUT KIDS FRINGE]

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan surrounded by Fringe staff as she cuts the ribbon to the Winter Mini-Fest with very large scissors

Special Events

It wouldn’t be a Fringe event without some fun special events. Join us in the courtyard for some fun.  

Download our app, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on social media to stay in the loop for any special events.

how do you winter mini-fest?

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Get a Button

Available at the box office and merch table. 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.

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Get a Ticket

Ask around, talk to an artist, or choose a show randomly. Head to any box office or use our app or website to buy a ticket. 
[LEARN MORE ABOUT TICKETING]

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See a Show

Attend a ticketed performance and in between, just chill out and get a bite to eat and drink in the courtyard. Tell your friends about it. Repeat steps 2 & 3 often.

Photo of a Fringe Button

Get a Button

Available at the box office and merch table. 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.

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Image of a digital ticket

Get a Ticket

Ask around, talk to an artist, or choose a show randomly. Head to any box office or use our app or website to buy a ticket. 
[LEARN MORE ABOUT TICKETING]

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An audience in the theatre.

See a Show

Attend a ticketed performance and in between, just chill out and get a bite to eat and drink in the courtyard. Tell your friends about it. Repeat steps 2 & 3 often.

no button = no entry

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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.

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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.

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You Should Also…

Chill in the beer tent, get a bite to eat, watch live art demonstrations at Visual Fringe, strike up a conversation. Make friends.

where is winter mini-fest?

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Lowndes Shakespeare Center

This building houses the entire Winter Mini-Fest. You will also find our 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, PINK, AND PURPLE