Welcome to the 2021 Hamilton Fringe Festival
Hamilton Fringe looks forward to celebrating a joyful, playful, provocative, self-reflective slate of performances and community-focused events from July 14-25, 2021.
This summer, the Hamilton Fringe Festival will share the biggest offering of unabashed and unjuried theatre produced right here in Hamilton. Offered online or live-at-a-distance, there’s something for everyone, at any age! Cast to your TV, tune in to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, or order to your door an experience that is sure to remind you of the human conditions in all its moving, hilarious, and fringy forms.
The 2021 Hamilton Fringe Festival includes the following unjuried performance series:
THEATRE ON DEMAND: Remember plays ON AN ACTUAL STAGE? Catch full-length Fringe plays performed and recorded live on stage! Streaming on-demand throughout the festival.
FAMILY FRINGE ON DEMAND: A Family Fringe play recorded LIVE ONSTAGE for the whole family to enjoy. Streaming on-demand throughout the festival.
DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES: 40-minute online Fringe offerings to satisfy any taste! This series also includes our BYOV2 (Bring Your Own Virtual Venue) offerings. Streaming on-demand throughout the festival.
SKIP THE GLITCHES: Back by popular demand, our theatrical curbside delivery series returns. Order a 20-minute performance right to your lawn!
In addition to our unjuried shows, the festival also features:
FRINGE ALL-ACCESS: A sneak peak at our new series launching officially in 2022 and originally scheduled for our outdoor stage (NOW ONLINE). The new Fringe All-Access series will feature a free performance event, selected by our Community Curators Circle made up of arts enthusiasts from across disciplines and to represent the diversity of our artistic and local community. Fringe All-Access shows are presented in such a way as to offer access to as wide an array of people as possible.
FRINGE CLUB: The Hamilton Fringe Festival will once again offer exciting FREE public programming for Fringers of all ages as part of our DIGITAL FRINGE CLUB and KIDS CLUB CAMP online. We are also continuing to look for ways to activate our outdoor Fringe Club Patio this summer, to provide an additional space to socialize, reflect, and celebrate Fringe artists. Stay tuned…
Tickets are available for purchase in advance only (no door sales), either online at boxoffice.hamiltonfringe.ca, or at our Fringe Club Box Office located just outside Bridgeworks Event Space (125 Barton Street W.)––if you prefer to book your tickets over the phone, contact the Box Office and a staff member will set up an appointment with you. Patrons are invited to purchase tickets for Digital Exclusives, BYOV2, Theatre On Demand, Family Fringe On Demand, and Fringe All-Access shows on the first on-sale date. Shows can be streamed on demand for the duration of the festival OR pick the date you would like to schedule your viewing and you will receive a reminder that morning. Skip The Glitches ticket sales end 48 hours before the show time. Service charges apply. By purchasing a ticket to a Hamilton Fringe Festival event, you agree to adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols, including any special instructions a given performance may have.
Tickets for Hamilton Fringe Festival’s paid online programming use a tiered Pay-What-You-Can-Afford pricing model:
Accessible / Kids: $5 (fees waived)
Regular: $12 + handling fees
Support The Artist: $20 + handling fees
Prices for our Skip The Glitches series are as follows:
$80 per show (minimum) for the first 8 people. $12 per additional person (+ handling fees)
Never ordered a live theatrical performance to your doorstep before? Click HERE to find out how it all works!
All Digital Fringe Club and Kids Club Camp event registration is FREE! Register in advance online if you would like to get an email reminder the day of an event.
As always, 100% of ticket revenue is paid directly to artists. Please note: Fringe patrons purchasing single tickets must make a one-time purchase of a Digital Fringe Backer ‘Button’ for $5 to access paid events. Learn more about the Digital Fringe Backer ‘Button’ HERE!
The Hamilton Fringe Festival also offers a variety of passes, granting access to multiple ticketed events in the festival. Passholders must purchase their pass, then reserve their ticket to each show. You can do this all at once OR you can buy your pass in advance and sign in again later to book your tickets. All passes include the one-time purchase of a $5 Digital Fringe Backer ‘Button’ and the Per Ticket Fee is waived (savings of at least $10.50!)
FRINGE BINGE PASS (includes 6 performance tickets + Digital Fringe Backer ‘Button’): $59.00 + order processing fee
FRINGE FRENZY PASS (includes 10 performance tickets + Digital Fringe Backer ‘Button’): $85.00 + handling fees
FRINGE EXTREME PASS (includes 20 performance tickets + Digital Fringe Backer ‘Button’): $145 + handling fees
A Note About Hamilton Fringe and COVID-19
The Hamilton Fringe prioritizes the health, safety, and accessibility of our artists, audiences, staff, volunteers, and community partners. As such, our plans for the 2021 Hamilton Fringe Festival continue to take all public health guidelines and government guidance into consideration. Our current preparations for the festival period reflect the best information we have going into the summer 2021 period, and are based on ongoing consultation with the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). Read our detailed COVID-19 safety details HERE.