Welcome Back Orlando Fringe Festival! Since 1992, Orlando has hosted what is now the longest running Fringe in the US!
According to the Fringe’s own website: Fringe is a festival or, rather, a celebration of the theatrical and performing arts. The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival takes place in and around Loch Haven Park over the course of the thirteen days leading up to Memorial Day. Frequently referred to as “the premier springtime cultural event in Central Florida”, The Orlando Fringe Festival encompasses roughly 500 uncensored and non-juried performances each year, a lively outdoor stage and infamous BEER TENT, Visual Fringe and Kids Fringe.
I attended the Fringe Festival when I lived in Minneapolis and slogged through slush from venue to venue. I even remember seeing some very outside the box, talented jugglers in a completely unheated theater. Just crazy in Minnesota. I won’t have to deal with those type of weather problems here in Orlando!
If you are in Orlando this week – checkout the show listings and get out and support the local arts community in Central Florida. There are so many really great shows that it’s going to be difficult to choose this year.
For all my friends not in Orlando this week here is a list of Fringe Festivals around the country.