What do Edgar Allen Poe impersonators, drag queens and people dressed as cats have in common? They're all going to be performing onstage at the 24th annual Orlando Fringe Festival.

The two-week festival will showcase more than 100 shows, ranging from hip-hop musicals to magic performances. The festival takes place in theaters in and around Loch Haven Park between May 13 and May 25.

While each show's prices are decided by the artists, tickets range from free to $11, plus a $1.25 service charge if bought online. Tickets are also available for purchase at one of the festival box offices with a $1 service charge. All of the proceeds go to the shows' artists.

In addition, a $9 button must be purchased before entrance into the festival. It is a one-time-only purchase that supports the festival itself.

Most shows are about 60 minutes long, but do not go more than 90 minutes. Each show varies in its age appropriateness; some are good for all ages and others are better suited for the 18+ crowd.

Parking in Loch Haven Park is limited and is first come, first served. Street parking is available, as is the Science Center Garage, for a fee.

The festival prides itself on being unjuried, meaning all submissions were welcome to take part. It allows the artists to produce and perform their shows in an accessible and affordable manner for the public to experience.

The Orlando Fringe Festival began in 1991 and is the longest-running U.S. fringe festival.

Visit for more details and a list of the shows.


Noelle Campbell is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Noellecampz or email her at

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