Fringe isn’t just a fashion trend – it’s also one of the city’s most anticipated performing arts festivals.

In 1947, eight theater companies crashed the Edinburgh International – a juried performing arts festival – by staging impromptu, informal shows in small venues around the city. Audiences responded so positively to their productions that they decided to keep coming back year after year, and the Fringe Festival was born.

Fast forward sixty years, and the Fringe is now the world’s largest art festival. It spans 25 days and 50,000 performances. And it has spawned dozens of satellite events around the world, including one in Milwaukee.

Fringe Festival

Fringe Festival illustration by local artist Daniel Fleming

The festival, which kicks off its second year on August 26-27, features top talent from throughout the city and the wider world. Here’s the lineup:

Saturday, August 26

1:00 p.m. – The Battery Factory (theater)

2:00 p.m. – Theatre Gigante (theater)

2:30 p.m. – Salty Lark Dance (dance)

3:00 p.m. – Minneapolis Ballet Dancers (dance) 

4:30 p.m. – Catey Ott Dance Collective (dance)

4:45 p.m. – Bollywood Dance Scene (dance) 

6:30 p.m. – Project Non-Violence (theater)

7:00 p.m. – Christal Wagner & Gina Laurenzi (dance)

7:45 p.m. – Cooperative Performance (theater)

8:30 p.m. – Angry Young Men (theater, puppets)


Sunday, August 27

1:30 p.m. – Maya No Maya (music)

2:00 p.m. – Lucchesi Project (theater)

2:30 p.m. – KACM (theater)

3:00 p.m. – Summit Players (theater)

3:15 p.m. – Selena Milewski (movement)

4:30 p.m. – Chad Piechocki (theater)

4:45 p.m. – Montauk Project (music & dance)

5:30 p.m. – Gabriel Harris Group (music)

6:00 p.m. – SueMo: A Dance Experience (dance)

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6:15 p.m. – Reconstructing Grimm (theater)

6:45 p.m. – Nick Zoulek (music)

7:30 p.m. – Sophia Nord (dance)