Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

What is the Fringe?

Accessible, playful, and engaging the Hamilton Fringe Festival is an action-packed performance event that takes place over 11 days each July in downtown Hamilton.

With more than 50 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment in nearly 400 performances- there truly is something for everyone!

2018 will be our FIFTEENTH anniversary and the festival will run from July 19-29th.


Online ADVANCE: $12-14 Regular Tickets, $10-12 Gallery mini-Series Tickets, plus online service charges.

The Hamilton Fringe Festival, an non-juried theatre festival, was founded in October 2002. The first Hamilton Fringe took place in the Summer of 2003.

Fringe Festivals have become one of the most popular and most successful theatre events in the world since the first one was launched in Edinburgh Scotland in 1947. They are worthwhile in several ways, but most particularly because they focus on supporting new and emerging artists presenting innovative theatre to wider audiences. This commitment to the “Fringe” philosophy allows virtually any size company to participate, representing an unequalled opportunity for performing artists of all disciplines.

Presenting live theatre in an informal, accessible, and inexpensive environment, the Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries to participation- for audience and artists alike. Audiences are invited to experience the work of seasoned veterans alongside that of emerging artists. Local, national and international performing companies benefit from working together and learning from each other in a vibrant and exciting festival atmosphere. In order to stimulate artistic innovation, applications for participation in Fringe Festivals are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Five Governing Principles of the Fringe

  • The event must be non-juried. All entrants are chosen by lottery ensuring a random and unbiased process.
  • 100% of ticket revenues must be returned to the artists
  • There must be artistic freedom – no censorship is allowed
  • There must be accessibility for all companies – i.e. application fees must be small enough to allow all companies to participate
  • Festivals will promote and model inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, and will endeavor to incorporate them into all aspects of our organizations.