Capital Fringe Festival—A Celebration of the Performing Arts

DC’s fifth annual Capital Fringe Festival begins Thursday, July 8. The Festival provides local theatre-goers with a unique opportunity to explore a whole host of  plays in intimate settings.

The Fringe’s mission is “to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating open access to an annual performing arts festival in DC.” Put simply…it’s tons of fun.

Often this Festival is the first opportunity for emerging artists based in DC to present their works. But it’s also a great way for other theatre groups from across the country to introduce themselves.

DC audiences can choose from dramas to comedies to satires to one-person performances. Plays run the gamut in length—from 55 minutes to two hours. Each play is $15. A Fringe button is required to enter any show in any venue.  While the button is a one-time $5 charge, it must be worn to enter any show.

In addition to plays, Fringe also offers “Training Factory Discussions” July 12 and July 19. All discussions are free and open to the public. You can choose from programs on the relevance of art to performing solo to learning and experiencing improvisation to using the Fringe Festival as a launching pad for your career. The festival also provides food and beverage at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at 601 New York Avenue NW.

The Capital Fringe Festival runs from July 8 to July 25. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Festival Headquarters at 607 New York Avenue NW, or at the venue itself one hour prior to show time, subject to availability.

For information on plays, venues and tickets, go to


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