The Milwaukee Fringe Festival will
return August 26 & 27, 2017!

Submissions Now Open!





Thank you Milwaukee!

The inaugural Milwaukee Fringe Festival took place on Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28, 2016 and was an incredible experience for all that attended and performed.  Stay tuned for information on the 2017 Fringe.


What is a Fringe Festival?

In the summer of 1947, eight theatre companies arrived at the Edinburgh International Festival hoping to put on their shows. When they were turned down by the larger festival, they decided to put on their own. These smaller companies literally performed on the fringe of the larger festival, and thus the idea of the Fringe Festival was born. In the time since, Fringe Festivals have sprouted up in arts-minded cities, including New York, London, Sydney, and Minneapolis.Fringe Fest Logo

Milwaukee can finally add its name to the list. On August 27th – 28th, 2016 the MKE Fringe made it’s debut in downtown Milwaukee. Following the rich tradition of Fringe Festivals, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a showcase of a diverse collection of artists that call Milwaukee home. From theatrical actors to painters, musicians to tap dancers, performance artists to playwrights, MKE Fringe is a joyous celebration of what makes Milwaukee’s culture vibrant and extraordinary.


MKE Fringe Fest is presented under the direction of John Schneider (Theatre Professor at Marquette University), Eric Engelbart (Marketing and Events Expert) Matt Kemple (Milwaukee Comedy Festival), Karen Raymond and Katie Rhyme (Dance Revolution Milwaukee). The festival is produced under Nice Plays, Inc a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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We need your support to make the Fringe a reality! Every dollar goes directly to supporting the event.