Theatre Festival Around Broadway
July 29 – August 7, 2021
Engaging the Community Through Art
Celebrate the arts at a 10 day community festival in the heart of the Broadway District of Saskatoon. From learning what the Fringe is all about to how to make the most of your experience—this page is where you’ll find all you need to know!
4 In-Person Venues. Digital Performances. 10 Days.
After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 Saskatoon Fringe Festival, 25th Street Theatre is excited to be moving forward with the 2021 Saskatoon Fringe Festival! We are planning a scalable event which will enable us to contract or expand our offerings based on the public health guidelines in the lead up to and during the Festival. We are committed to connecting artists to audiences in a way that ensures the safety of our artists, our patrons, our volunteers, and our staff.
This year, the Saskatoon Fringe Festival will play host to 15 in-person theatre groups with the slots allocated to Saskatchewan artists and national artists and digital submissions open for international artists. The selection process is a lottery system. The artist call opens in February.
Want to Fringe with us?!
Get the Most out of the Fringe Festival!
HOW TO FRINGE
Take a Chance
We have 19 different plays this year! That’s 19 unique experiences in 107 performances available for you to discover. And that’s not including buskers, musicians, and other street performers. Don’t forget about your artisan and food vendors. Oh …and did we forget to mention that the Fringe takes place in the heart of Broadway? All of your favourite shops, bars, and eateries are open too!
This summer, we encourage you to step out of the familiar and take a chance! Try a new food. Randomly select a play and go see it. Allow yourself to wander, explore, and discover something brand new! Leave your regular life at the entrance and become an adventurer for the day. You never know, the spirit of the Fringe is contagious—you just might find a new passion or hobby, a delicious cuisine, or make new friends.
Talk to Fringers
Fellow Fringers are your best resource when you’re not sure what to see, where to eat, or what to do next. Socialize with staff, volunteers, artisans, and even performers to chat and share the highlights of your Fringe-ing adventures. The welcoming and vibrant atmosphere of the festival makes it even easier to strike up a conversation with a friendly face.
Psssst…here’s a hot Fringe tip: since the Bike Valets meet so many people during the festival, they always have great recommendations for shows!
Join the Conversation
We’ll be posting about everything Fringe leading up to the festival.
Step 2: Use our hashtag #SaskatoonFringe to post pictures, videos, and thoughts about your Fringe-ing experience and join in the conversation yourself(ie)!
Step 3: Search our hashtag to see what other Fringers are saying and doing. Get inspired. Get Ready. Get Fringe-ing!
Support Fringe Artists
Saw an amazing show? Tell the world about it! Spread the word on social media, tell all your friends, go to our website and write a review, and help inspire your fellow Fringers in the process!
Fill the hat: If you enjoy a street performance, remember to tip the artists! Unlike our ticketed performances, street performers rely on your donations to keep entertaining and making art!
Offer to host a visiting artist by visiting our Get Involved page.
Each performance involves countless hours of writing, rehearsing, costuming, directing, and perfecting—not to mention the very many years artists spend mastering their craft.
Arrive early: Latecomers will not be permitted into performance.
Buzz off: Mute ringers, beepers, buzzers, and tweeters.
Be in the moment: Do not take photos or videos of performances. Refrain from texting or talking during the show. Turn your phone off and enjoy!
PlAN YOUR TRIP
Getting to the Festival
Bus: Be green and take a bus to the festival. Route 6 and 13 serve the Broadway area. Check the City of Saskatoon website for more information.
Bike: Bike to the festival and park with ease! The Bike Valet will store and secure your bike so you can enjoy the day and pick up your bike when you’re done.
Car: If you need to drive, consider carpooling! Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll reduce parking costs and crowding around the festival. Remember that there are residential parking restrictions put in place for a two-block radius around the festival. Please check out our parking restriction map. From 8th Street to 14th Street and from Lansdowne Avenue to Victoria Avenue is restricted to residents with area parking passes given by the city to homeowners in the neighbourhood. These passes are given out to the households by the city – not by us.
Hours of Operation
The Outdoor Festival runs 6:00pm until 10:00pm every week night and 12:00pm until 10:00pm every weekend, including the holiday Monday.
Portable toilets are available behind Victoria School near the basketball court and playground.
Accessible Toilets: Wheelchair accessible toilets are available behind Victoria School near the basketball court and playground.
Accessibility and Venues
Broadway Theatre: 715 Broadway Avenue:
- Wheelchair Access
The Refinery: (just off the corner of) Dufferin and 12th Street
W. E. Graham Park
- Wheelchair Access
Doors open a minimum of 15 minutes in advance. Latecomers will be not be admitted.
Photography or recording of any kind of a performance is strictly prohibited.
Accessible parking: The South side of 12th Street between Broadway and Dufferin Avenue and the West side of Dufferin Avenue between 12th Street and 11th Street against the playground has been designated as Accessible Parking. This is not the side in front of the houses. If there is no accessible parking available, please call Fringe Central and we will help to arrange a parking spot for you. The number is: 306-664-2239.
When and where is Preview Night?
Where is the Box Office located?
Box Office location TDB.
What are your hours of operation?
What are the Outdoor Festival hours?
Weekdays: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Weekends (including the holiday Monday): 12:00pm – 10:00pm
The hours of operation for the theatre festival differs according to the schedule for that day. Typical show times are 6:00pm to 10:00pm on weekdays and 2:00pm to 10:00pm on the weekend days.
Where can we park?
- Find the parking restrictions map on our Festival Grounds page.
- From 8th Street to 14th Street and Lansdowne Avenue to Victoria Avenue are restricted to people with area parking passes (these passes are given out to the households by the city – not by us).
- ACCESSIBLE PARKING: The South side of 12th Street between Broadway and Dufferin Avenue and the West side of Dufferin Avenue between 12th Street and 11th Street against the playground have been designated as Disabled Parking. This is not the side in front of the houses.
- If there is no accessible parking available, please call our box office and we will help to arrange a parking spot for you. The number is: 306-221-2481.
- We recommend using downtown parking after 6pm and either walking up the bridge, taking the bus, or riding your bike.
How do people buy tickets and where do we get our tickets?
If it’s on the day of the performance:
On the day of the show tickets are only available at the door one hour prior to the show’s start. Only 50% of a show’s tickets are available in advance. There will always be tickets on sale at the venue one hour before show time.
If it’s prior to the day of the performance:
Purchase tickets on our website. Tickets are available online until 9pm the day prior to the performance. You will receive a confirmation email with your tickets attached. You can print them or bring them on your phone. If you do not receive your confirmation email within 30 minutes check your junk or spam folder. If not there, call us at 306.221.2481 or email us at boxoffice(@)yxefringe(.)org
You can also come to the Box Office between the hours of 4pm – 9pm.
Tickets are non-refundable.
What is the difference between a ticket and a ticket voucher?
- A ticket is purchased in any of the ways above in the How To Buy a Ticket Section; it is a guaranteed spot at a specific show, and it is always $16.
- When you purchase a presale ticket, you will receive a confirmation email and an electronic ticket. You may present a printed copy or an electronic copy at the door. If you forget your paper or electronic copy of your ticket, you may
pick your ticket up from the Front of House at the venue within the hour before the performance begins.
Ticket Vouchers are:
- Promotional vouchers that have been given out to the public from a variety of sources such as the office, actors, and media outlets.
- Vouchers are similar to cash; customers trade the voucher for a ticket within the hour before the show they wish to attend.
Where are the venues?
- Broadway Theatre: 715 Broadway Avenue
- The Refinery: (just off the corner of) Dufferin and 12th Street
- W. E. Graham Park
Which street performers are performing?
- Currently TBD.
- There will be a list on the poster boards at the busker circles.
When, Where, and What is Spoof Night?
- Spoof Night information is TBD.
- Spoof night is an event where groups put on a spoof performance of someone else’s play.
Where are the bathrooms?
Portable toilets are available behind Victoria School near the basketball court and playground.
Accessible Toilets: Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the set of portable toilets behind Victoria School near the basketball court and playground.
Does the festival have a secure area for bicycles?
- We will have a secure location for bicycles to park throughout the hours of the festival on the front lawn of Victoria School at the Bike Valet.
- All bicycles that are still remaining at this location at the end of the day, will be placed inside the Fringe Central Office at 733 Broadway Ave and can be picked up the following day.
Does the festival have security?
- Yes, there are security officers present on the festival site.
Does the festival need volunteers? How do I sign up?
- One of the main reasons our festival is so successful is due to our loyal and hard-working volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our festival. To sign up, you can go to the volunteer page on our website. If you have any questions regarding volunteering with the festival, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Courtney Saboe, at the office at 306-664-2239.
What benefits do volunteers receive?
- All volunteers receive one theatre ticket voucher, per shift worked, redeemable for a show of their choosing.
- All volunteers qualify to attend the Volunteer Free Shows that are put on by the actors.
- All volunteers may attend the Volunteer Appreciation Party that is held the week after the festival.
Where is the closest ATM and/or bank?
- Our festival has provided two ATM’s to make it easier for our patrons. One is placed in front of the Kinsmen Hall/Cosmo Hall. The second is placed at the corner of 11th and the Victoria School.
- There is an Affinity Credit Union on the West side of the Street between Main and 9th.
Where is the closest grocery store?
- There is an Extra Foods on the West side of Broadway on the corner of Broadway and 10th.
- Steep Hill Food Co-op is on the West side of Broadway at 730 Broadway (10th and Broadway). Almost all the items are organic.
- There is an Asian Market on the corner of Clarence Avenue and 12th Street.
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