MKE Fringe Fest

MKE Fringe Fest

The Milwaukee Fringe Arts Festival

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Thanks for a Great Fringe!
We did it!  2018 Milwaukee Fringe Festival is in the books.  Thanks to all the performers, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and of course audience members that...
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All About 2018 Performances!
The 2018 MKE Fringe Fest will offer over 30 different acts at The Marcus Center of the Performing Arts!  Check out more info on performers...
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2018 Festival Lineup Announced!
The Milwaukee Fringe Festival announces the 2018 lineup!  Featuring dance, theatre, music, puppets and art August 25 and 26th. Congratulations to all the performers and...
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The Milwaukee Fringe Festival

Milwaukee’s Theatre, Art, Music and Dance festival! Check out one of the biggest art events of the year! Celebrating 4 years of Fringe this August 2019.  Stay tuned for updates and performer submissions!

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 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.