What you need to know about the Minnesota Fringe Festival

The 10-day extravaganza starts on Thursday.
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What's happening?

The Minnesota Fringe Festival and Family Festival gets underway on Thursday.

The performing arts extravaganza takes place over 10 days, and this year marks its 25th year.

After humble beginnings that attracted a few thousand spectators, its audience has grown to the point more than 50,000 people attend shows over the festival. 

What kind of performing arts?

Well there are more than 1,000 artists involved in this year's event, so you can take your pick.

Check out the Minnesota Fringe website and you can see the festival spans a smorsgasbord of disciplines, including clowning, comedy, dance, horror, improv, magic, music, theater, spoken word, storytelling, and much more.

Who can go?

Anyone. The festival has a mixture of adult-only and family-friendly fare. 

There are more events aimed at adults – some of it seriously off-the-wall – and you can find a full schedule here. But even then some of it is suitable for children.

And there are also a number of events and performances aimed specifically at kids as part of the Family Fringe, more details on which can be found here.

Where are the shows?

The Fringe takes place across more than a dozen locations mostly in Minneapolis, with one of the main venues being the Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota.

Other venues include the Foss Lobeck Miles Center at Augsburg University, the Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul, Logan Park in Minneapolis, Hard Times Cafe, and the Ritz Theater.

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How much does it cost?

Tickets to single shows will cost you $10, and $5 for children under the age of 12.

Alternatively you can buy a day pass that grants you access to several shows, which costs $19 on weekdays and $25 on weekends.

You can buy your tickets online, but about 30 percent of tickets will also be available for walk-up customers.

And if you buy a day pass at the Alternative Box Office in the SKyway Atrium at 121 South 8th Street Tower in downtown Minneapolis between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays, it will entitle you to skip the lines during the festival.

You can order tickets on individual show pages on the Fringe website.

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