Fringe Tips

  • Lines are love. They’re a linear pre-show party. Mingle. Chill. Meet people. Talk about the must-sees. Let an artist chat you up.
  • Go green. Be faithful to a single print program. Recycle your program. Share your program. Bring a reusable water bottle. Recycle your beer and wine cups. Walk, bike, or take public transit to Fringe.
  • Be free. Volunteers see shows for free. Visit ottawafringe.com/volunteer to sign up for shifts.
  • Go behind the scenes. Subscribe for emails, like Ottawa Fringe, follow @ottawafringe, and surf the #ottfringe hashtag for reviews. We are all very social here at Fringe.
  • Get your pin. Get yours for $3 at any box office, online, and at any venue. You’ll need one to enter any show or we’ll make you buy another. Then you’ll have two. You can bring a friend.
  • Being on time is cool. 10 minutes before showtime, very cool. Showing up late is not cool. We will not let you in. You will be mad. Not cool!
  • Plan for parking. There are lotsa options but give yourself a few extra minutes. The neighbourhood is construction crazy right now building a new theatre, art gallery, and pedestrian concourse!
  • Read the ads. You can get your hands on a free program because businesses, artists, sponsors, and patrons like you love the Fringe enough to buy ads or make donations. They deserve your support!
  • Express yourself. Take an audience survey. Add your reviews online. Or tell that Fringe-Pinned hottie over there what show you’re going to see next!
  • Read reviews, but decide for yourself. There are some busy bees reviewing shows at Ottawa Fringe. Fringing is all about discovery. Flying by the seat of your pants. Take a chance on an unknown show. Support the Ottawa artists and national and international performers too.
  • Bring the family. On Saturday afternoons you can register your kids for Mini-Fringers Drama Camp while you see some shows. Visit ottawafringe.com/parents for details.
  • Cash is king. We accept Visa and Mastercard online and at box offices. But at the venue you can only buy a ticket with cash. At the beer tent you can only buy a drink with cash. Cash is very good to put in the tip jar at the beer tent. We even have an ATM nearby so you can get cash to put in said tip jar.
  • Become a friend of the Fringe. Donate to Ottawa Fringe online or in any number of ways. Visit ottawafringe.com/support to be on your way to a tax-receipt and sweet donor benefits. Ottawa Fringe is a registered not-for-profit charity.

F.A.Q.

When and where is the festival?

20th Ottawa Fringe Festival: June 8–18, 2017 at several venues in Ottawa’s Downtown Rideau neighbourhood. Click to see → Festival Map.

Where’s the beer tent this year?

TBD on account of all this construction, but rest assured it will be somewhere near Arts Court!

Is there parking?

For cars, yes. Hot air balloons please call ahead. Nearby are paid parking options at the Rideau Centre, Les Suites Hotel, the University of Ottawa and next to La Nouvelle Scène. Free street parking can be found a short walk away in Sandy Hill and Lowertown. This neighbourhood is in the midst of some big-time construction projects—which will include new theatre venues! If you’re driving, please plan ahead and give yourself an extra few minutes.

Insider tip: After 6pm and on weekends there is $2 parking underground at City Hall (<10 minute walk).

Do I need a Fringe Pin?

Absolutely yes. A Fringe Pin is required to enter any show. It’s yours for $3 and is a one-time purchase. As 100% of ticket sales go directly to the performers, it’s Fringe Pins (and beer sales) which help the Festival grow. Available online, at any box office, and at every venue.

Why aren’t latecomers allowed entry?

Fringe venues come in all shapes and sizes. In a lot of cases, you may have to cross the stage or playing space to get to your seat. We cannot allow for this sort of disruption. That means no re-admittance to shows, either. No exceptions.

How long are the shows?

Artists have a 60-minute or a 90-minute time slot and determine the length of their shows. The actual running time of a show is likely shorter than 60 or 90 minutes. That’s because a performance which exceeds—by even one minute—its allotted time will be cut off by the venue technician. We’re on a tight schedule, folks!

What do show ratings mean?

Audience ratings (G, PG, Mature) are determined by the artists, not Ottawa Fringe. Remember, Fringe is completely uncensored.

  • G suitable for all ages
  • PG recommended for ages 13+
  • Mature recommended for ages 17+

ARE ALL VENUES ACCESSIBLE?

Most, but unfortunately not all venues are completely accessible for all mobility needs. Show listings indicate with detail any relevant notes about the venue’s accessibility (e.g. number of stairs, alternate entrances, etc.)

Can I buy tickets online?

Yup, you’re in the right place. Browse shows when they’re listed in May and buy tickets when you’re ready.

What if I can’t buy tickets online?

Older devices don’t always play nice with our box office software.

Please try a different browser, or update your browser by using the following links to find instructions:

In some cases, you may need to upgrade your computer’s operating system as well (for example, some browsers no longer support Windows XP).

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

Every show is independently produced. The artists name their own ticket price up to $12 max.
100% of the ticket price goes directly to the artist.

Are discounts available?

A limited number of discount passes are available. Visit ottawafringe.com/passes for details.

What is best of fest?

On closing night (June 18) five of the Festival’s most popular shows give encore performances. Visit ottawafringe.com/bestof for a schedule and more details.