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What is Fringe?

The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival. Since 2011, following international fringe tenets, the festival provides artists with low-risk, low-cost opportunities to perform by using economies of scale to reduce venue rental costs and by taking only 20%, and sometimes 0%, of the artist’s earnings. Tucson Fringe also provides the Tucson arts community with avant-garde, non-traditional performing arts at low-cost ticket prices.

The festival does not curate or select the performances, maintaining an environment in which everyone and anyone can perform. This ensures that underrepresented artistic voices, such as people of color, the LGBT+ community, women, and other marginalized genders, are championed in our community.

The festival takes place in January every year across multiple venues in downtown Tucson. On average, every year the festival has 20+ shows with between 50-60 performances during the festival weekend.

The Fringe Story

To learn more about the first Fringe Festival started in Edinburgh in 1947, follow the link to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

How to Participate

Are you an artist or have always dreamed about being one? ANYONE can apply to participate in the festival. Tucson Fringe is your chance to show the world your talents. Each year, applications open on July 1st and close on September 1st.

How to Watch

See one show, see two, see them all! Each show is an hour-long, so that you can see more than one show in a night. Grab tickets to the early show, go to dinner, then see another!

How to Volunteer

Have some extra time on your hands and want to help? We always need volunteers for a variety of tasks. Perks include free tickets to shows and free fringe swag. Fill out our interest form and let us know how you’d like to help. Sign Up Here!

We appreciate any financial support you choose to offer, for any amount. To donate, or to pay your application fee, please click below. We also love support of all kinds, even if it’s not financial! To find out about how to get involved, please email us at


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