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  for more information.
  • Go behind the scenes. Subscribe for emails, like Ottawa Fringe, follow @ottawafringe on Twitter and Instagram, 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. Think you’ll find free street parking close to the venues? Think again. There’s a new lot under the Ottawa Art Gallery (10 Daly Ave), but spaces are extremely limited, so don’t count on that either. We recommend parking garages at Rideau Centre or Les Suites Hotel, but if you want to save some money (and get your steps in) park at City Hall: it’s a 10min walk from Arts Court but free after 6pm weekdays and all day weekends.
  • 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 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 Fringe Courtyard 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.
  • Put yourself Front & Centre. Support the festival by donating to our annual fundraising campaign. Visit to be on your way to some great donor perks and a sweet sweet a tax-receipt.


how do I get in touch if I have questions THAT AREN’T COVERED HERE?

You’ll find a complete staff listing, with phone numbers and email addresses, on our About Us page, just scroll about half-way down.

When and where is the festival?

23rd Ottawa Fringe Festival: June 13-23, 2019 at nine venues in Ottawa’s Downtown Rideau neighbourhood. Click to see → Festival Map.

Where’s the beer tent this year?

So long Sky Lounge and re-welcome the Fringe Courtyard! Get drinks, snacks and catch some rays on the newly renovated Fringe Courtyard, 67 Nicholas St. → Fringe Courtyard.

Is there parking?

For cars, yes. Hot air balloons please call ahead. Nearby are paid parking options at the Rideau Centre, Les Suites Hotel, and the University of Ottawa. 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 be done soon (looking at you, LRT)! If you’re driving, please plan ahead and give yourself an extra few minutes.

Insider tip:After 6pm and on weekends there is FREE 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 donations) 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, 14+, Mature) are determined by the artists, not Ottawa Fringe. Remember, Fringe is completely uncensored.

  • G meant to be viewable by all ages. There is no profanity, and no scenes that depict drug use, sex, or nudity.
  • PG while the show may still be alright for children, there could be mild profanity or violence.
  • 14+ considered to be appropriate for teens/older children – there may be brief nudity, profanity, and violence without gore.
  • Mature may contain any/all of the following: violence, drug abuse, sexuality, profanity, nudity, or other adult themes (among other things).


Can I buy tickets online?

Yup, you’re in the right place. Browse shows and buy tickets when you’re ready. Check out

Prefer buying tickets in person, or having trouble with online purchases?

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Or, a much easier option, give us a call or a visit!  Contact the box office at 613-232-6162, come on in to 2 Daly, Elevator B, 2nd floor.  More Box Office info here.


All shows are $12. 100% of the ticket price goes directly to the artist.

Are discounts available?

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

What is best of fest?

On closing night the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the six official venues. Visit to check out Best of Fest 2019 winners.