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19th annual Asheville Fringe Festival

01/20/2021 - 12:00pm to 01/24/2021 - 12:00pm
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A majority of the 19th annual Asheville Fringe Festival will be virtual. Check individual shows for locations. 

A performing arts tradition that started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 when eight performing groups were excluded from the mainstream annual arts festival, Fringe was born because the artists decided to perform anyway, finding inexpensive or free venues on the fringes of the city. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has since grown into one of the largest arts festivals in the world, eclipsing the original festival exponentially.

Established in 2003 after Susan and Giles Collard of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre experienced Fringe festivals in San Francisco and Toronto, they started Asheville’s Fringe in the beloved BeBe Theatre. The Festival is now a multi-day, multi-venue performing arts extravaganza, with performances in theatres, galleries, clubs, and odd spaces that even include the LaZoom bus.

Individual tickets are $12 per show, but given the incredible talent and variety among the artists and their mediums, one show is not enough to have the total Fringe Festival experience. Luckily, you can purchase a pass for up to 3 shows or a "Freak Pass" (otherwise known as your all access pass) to the entire festival. 

Fringe is all about artists exploring the edges of their work, collaborating across genres, and bringing new and innovative performances to culturally-adventurous audiences.This annual event and arts tradition is a must see experience that certainly embodies the "Keep Asheville Weird" mantra!