Capital Fringe Festival 2017: Washington DC

Summer Festival of Performing Arts

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Festival Dates: July 6-23, 2017 - With extended performances through July 30th. 

The Capital Fringe Festival, also referred to as the DC Fringe Festival, is an annual performing arts event in Washington, DC featuring more than 129 performing groups in a variety of venues around Washington, DC. The Capital Fringe Festival introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more.

All of the venues are located near Trinidad and H Street NE within a 5 to 10 minute walk of each other.

2017 Fringe Festival Highlights

  • Fringe’s year-round home base the Logan Fringe Arts Space at 1358 Florida Ave NE will be the Festival’s hub. There will be free music in the courtyard and the Fringe Arts Bar will be serving drinks and food. 
  • Get a preview of the Festival on Thursday, June 22 at 7:30pm. Twenty to 30 productions offer up snippets of their work to entice you at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. 
  • Capital Fringe Festival Audience Awards voted on by the audience honoring the best in drama, comedy, dance, musical and physical theatre. 
  • Capital Fringe Festival Extension Week is July 26-30 featuring the best of the festival at the Logan Fringe Arts Space and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

The concept of the festival dates back more than sixty years to Scotland's famed Edinburgh International Festival.

"Fringe" was the name taken by performance groups excluded from this prestigious event. Undaunted and determined, these companies created makeshift theatres on the outskirts - or "fringe" - of the established festival. Soon the Fringe Festival gained a large and loyal following, outstripping the mainstream festival.

The Fringe Festival concept migrated to Canada in the 1980s, and today that country boasts Fringe Festivals from coast to coast. In the early 1990s, the fringe concept was embraced in the United States, and today Fringe Festivals are annual events in Orlando, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.

Capital Fringe Festival Locations


Trinidad Theatre - Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE
Upstairs - Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE
Gilbert C. Eastman Studio Theatre - Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE
Elstad Auditorium - Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE
Shopkeepers - 1231 Florida Ave NE

H Street NE

Sprenger - Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE
Lab II - Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE
Lang - Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE
Pursuit Wine Bar - 1421 H St NE

Congress Heights

Bellevue Neighborhood Library- 115 Atlantic St. SW

Downtown Washington DC

Mount Vernon Place Unites Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW
Caos on F, 923 F St NW
Franklin Park - 1332 I St NW

Shaw - U Street

Old City Farm & Guild - 925 Rhode Island Ave NW
Solly's U Street Tavern - 1942 11th St NW


Tickets will be on sale June 19. Call (866) 811-4111 or purchase tickets online or visit the Festival Box Office at 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC.

See a full list of participating artists and performance times at

Read more about Summer Theater in Washington DC