The 32nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival Kicks Off May 16, 2023

Orlando Fringe

The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival will present its 32nd festival May 16-29, 2022, in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park and nearby venues.

Orlando Fringe is a 14-day immersive cultural experience featuring over 2,000 ticketed performances spanning every genre imaginable, such as dance, spoken word, musicals, comedy and much more.

As the longest-running Fringe theatre festival in the United States, Orlando Fringe is founded on being: 100% uncensored, 100% unjuried, 100% accessible, 100% inclusive, and 100% of all tickets go directly back to the artists. The theme for this year is “Festival Beautiful”.

Here are the basics you need to know about this year’s event:

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To see any show at the Fringe requires the purchase of a $10 Orlando Fringe button, proceeds of which support the festival. No button = No admission.

Once you have a button, then you can buy as many individual show tickets as you want. Proceeds from the tickets go directly to the artists.

Also…NO LATE ENTRY to shows (NO exceptions).

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The event’s ribbon cutting will take place May 16 at 7pm at the Orange Venue at Lowndes Shakespeare Center. After the ceremony, attendees can enjoy the National and International Artists’ Teaser Show and watch two-minute live teaser performances for touring shows representing nine countries and over 17 states. Tickets are available online for this event.

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Anchored at the main festival campus in Loch Haven Park, the festival features venues at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Museum of Art.

This year, the festival expands with the addition of Fringe ArtSpace in Downtown Orlando on historic Church Street. BYOV’s (“Bring Your Own Venues”) also return as partner venues, which include The Abbey, Renaissance Theatre Company, Hamburger Mary’s and The Starlite Room @ Savoy, along with various site-specific venues chosen by artists.

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Free festival highlights include the Outdoor Stage music festival, Visual Fringe art on display throughout festival grounds, and Kids Fringe play and entertainment for the young and young-at-heart weekends May 20-21 and May 27-28.

Musical highlights include The 11th Annual Swamp Sistas La La on May 20th, and The 11th Annual Fringe Jambando on May 27th. Both are free, but popular, so get there early.

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Cabanas in Loch Haven Park are available on a daily basis, and include four drinks and a shady place to enjoy them. Prices are $149 for an after-5pm weekday rental, or $249 for an all-day weekend rental starting at noon.

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All Fringe-managed venues are fully wheelchair accessible, and service animals are welcome in all areas of the venues that are open to the public.

There are select performances that will have ASL-Interpretation, and others are being presented with Audio Descriptions.

For more information on accessibility, visit Orlando Fringe’s website.

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There is free parking at Loch Haven Park that fills up fast. Next options are nearby businesses that make their lots available after 6pm weekdays and all day on weekends.

The Orlando Science Center garage charges a fee, but is close to Loch Haven Park.

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There will be shuttle buses that will run between the BYOV’s, the Renaissance Theatre, and satellite parking at Lake Highland Prep School event parking at 1203 Alden Road.

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The festival has its own beer this year again. Ivanhoe Park Brewing has developed a custom Hazy IPA beer called “Curtains Up 2023.” It can be found at the full bar on the lawn at Loch Haven Park.

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For a complete list of shows, and more details, visit You can also buy your buttons and show tickets there.


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