MKE Fringe Fest

MKE Fringe Fest

The Milwaukee Fringe Arts Festival

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2021 Artist Line-Up Announced
The fifth annual Milwaukee Fringe Festival announces its live and virtual participants. Chosen from an impressive set of submissions, an exciting and eclectic assortment of...
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2021 Fringe Submissions are Closed
Submissions for the 2021 Milwaukee Fringe Festival are closed. Thank you to all who applied! The Fringe Team will review submissions soon and CANNOT WAIT...
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2020 Festival and Submission Dates Announced!
Milwaukee Fringe Festival announces performing dates for the 2020 event at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Friday August 21st, Saturday August 22nd...
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MKE Fringe Returns in 2021 🙂

The Milwaukee Fringe Festival

Milwaukee’s Theatre, Art, Music and Dance festival! Celebrating 5 years of Fringe in-person this August 28th and virtually during the month of August.

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.


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 finally added its name to the list. In August 2016 the MKE Fringe made its debut in downtown Milwaukee. Following the rich tradition of Fringe Festivals, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a showcase of a diverse collection of artists. 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.

Milwaukee Fringe Festival is presented under the direction of John Schneider, produced by Karen Raymond and  Katie Rhyme, and is a collaborative work with additional local arts advocates. The festival is produced under Nice Plays, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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