Capital Fringe Festival 2018: Washington DC

Summer Festival of Performing Arts

Photo © Capital Fringe Festival

Festival Dates: July 7-29, 2018 - 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 100 performing groups in a variety of venues. The Capital Fringe Festival introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more. For the first time, all of the venues are located in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood within a short walk of each other.

2018 Fringe Festival Highlights

  • The Market SW across from the street from the Waterfront Metro will be a gathering point for the 2018 festival, with an outdoor stage where you can watch live music and variety acts.
  • Get a preview of the Festival on Sunday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Pearl Street Warehouse at 33 Pearl St. SW, when more than 20 productions will offer up snippets of their work.
  • Capital Fringe Festival Audience Awards voted on by the audience honoring the best in drama, comedy, dance, musical and physical theatre. 

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

Arena Stage
1101 6th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

Blind Whino
700 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024

Caos on F
923 F St. NW,Washington, DC 20024

Christ United Methodist Church
900 4th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

400 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

DC Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20024

Market SW
4th & M Streets SW, Washington, DC 20024

Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
555 Water St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I St. SW, Washington, DC 20024


Tickets will be on sale July 7. Call (866) 811-4111 or purchase tickets online or visit the Festival Box Office at 401 M St. SW, Washington, DC.

See a full list of participating artists and performance times at

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