2020 FR!NGE Festival Events

In light of the new restrictions and in concern for all of our artists and patrons, we are going to PAUSE our upcoming events for the next two months.  Those include the following:

The Volunteer Happy Hour this evening

Fringe Presents, March 19-22

Fringe Presents -Part II, April 2-4

  Our hope is to reschedule these events in late May or early June.  

We are closely monitoring developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Based on our current understanding of the situation, we believe KC Fringe 2020 will take place as planned, and we are preparing accordingly. The safety of our artists, volunteers and audience is of the utmost importance, and we encourage all 2020 Fringe participants to take necessary precautions as they plan their activities in the coming months. We will share related updates with the community as needed.

2020 KC Fringe Festival

July 12-26, 2020

Visual and Performing Arts Applications available now!

2020 KC Fringe Festival

July 12-26, 2020

Visual and Performing Arts Applications
available now!

The 16th annual Fringe Festival KC-- where adventurous audiences meet adventurous artists. This 14-day explosion of unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts features performers and creators from all over- local, national and international. Fringe Festival KC is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Will you join us on the Fringe?

We've got you! What looks interesting to you? 

How to Fringe

FRINGE BASICS Buy a button for $5

It’s a one-time donation to KC Fringe.

Each person needs a button and should keep it with them throughout the festival.

   Purchase Button

  • In person at 411 (Union Station Grand Hall) 
  • At any venue

Fringe buttons are not available online.

Pick A Show

  • Check the online schedule
  • Pick up a print program
  • ‘Like’ Fringe on Facebook and get updates
  • Talk to friends and other Fringers

Get tickets

  • Online (small fee added)
  • In person at 411 (Union Station Grand Hall) 
  • At any venue
  • Tickets are $10 each ($5 for children)

THRIFTY FRINGERS Buy a Fringe Punch Card

Purchase $100 worth of “punches” for just $90 (a 10% savings).

You’ll also need a $5 Fringe button, which you can buy at the same time (or buy it later at a venue).

Plan your Fringe schedule and use your punch card to purchase tickets

Use your punch card like cash to purchase tickets (or Fringe merchandise) 

In person at 411 (Union Station Grand Hall) 

At any venue 

Punch cards cannot be used to purchase Fringe tickets online.


Grab your ticket (printed from online or on your smart phone)*

Head to the venue at least 15 minutes before curtain.**

Your ticket will be scanned.

*It is possible to buy tickets at the door, but many venues are small and they can sell out.

**There is no late seating at KC Fringe.


  • Come to Fringe Late Night at Union Station (in the new Haverty Family Yards outside the Planetarium) every Friday and Saturday night during Fringe
  • Share your excitement on your Facebook page.
  • Post a review on the shows page on this website!
  • Invite your friends to join you and get Fringy.
Questions? Call 816-359-9195

THE BEST OF FRINGE! Click on the Venue to Purchase tickets to any Best of 2019 Fringe Show!

All of these shows will be playing again today at their respected venues! Look at the attached schedule to see when your favorite shows will be playing. Tickets can now be purchased online at Kcfringe.org or you can purchase them at the door at all venues. 411 will not be open today. For each show you feel need your button which you will purchase once for $5 and which serves as your admission pass to the festival and tickets are $10 each.

Thank you and Happy Fringing!

The Best of the Arts Asylum  

Gleesical: A Stage Musical...

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM



The Best of Bolender

The Greatest-er Show at Fringe

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM



The Best of the Buffalo Room

U Really Got A Hold On Me; A Tribute To The Music, Trials & Triumphs of Smokey Robinson

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM



The Best of Union Station City Stage

Flights of Faery Fancy

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 3:30 PM— 4:30 PM



The Best of the Black Box

Help me Help me

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM



The Best of the Unicorn Jerome Theatre

Donating Sperm To My Sister's Wife

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM



The Best of Just Off Broadway

Let Me Explain My Blackness: Addressing Black Women's Thoughts Through Comedy

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM



The Best of the Loretto Auditorium

Magic is Not Pretty: An Evening of Keeping Secrets

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM



The Best of the Loretto Chapel

Musical Geography - An Exploration of Historic Instruments from the Silk Road

 SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM



The Best of the Loretto Commons

Yeti and Me!

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM



The Best of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

Bones Beneath the Sidewalk

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM



Best of Unicorn Levin Theatre 2019

Sides of History

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM



The Best of Center Spiritual Living

Emily the Musical

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 5:00 PM — 6:00 PM



The Best of the Westport Coffeehouse

KC’s Magic Showcase

SUNDAY, JULY 28 2019 | 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM

Find a complete listing of all of our 2019 Fringe Festival shows.

Find information on our visual arts galleries, Iron Artist, and Fringe Prize.

Find information on our teen Open Mic Night and the Coterie Playwright Workshop, as well as the free workshops for youth at the Plaza Library.


Find articles written by local media about 2018 KC Fringe Festival. Are you a member of the pressed interested in receiving credentials to cover a show? Submit your information in the link.

An important aspect of the Fringe is to connect artists with audiences. One way we do that is by encouraging audience feedback and reviews. Another is that, for the third year, we are fielding our own team of Festival reviewers, the only Festival in the world that does. Our reviewers are volunteers. Some are professional reviewers; others are learning the craft. All have backgrounds in the arts and a love of the Fringe.  We actively seek new voices to increase diversity in reviewing and criticism.

Feeling extra fringey? This is your place to go for information on all of our parties, happy hours, and community events.

What's with the though?


Every audience member of KC Fringe Festival must purchase and wear a button in order access our events. Think of it as a cover charge or access pass to the 400+ shows, events, and galleries throughout our eleven day festival. For adults, it is a one time purchase of $5.00. Children under the age of 12 can get a button for free. Buttons can be purchased at Fringe 411 (Union Station Grand Hall) or at Venue Box Offices.

But why? You are purchasing tickets online, at Fringe 411, or at the venue box office. Why do you need a button too?

It is simple: KC Fringe Festival is committed to rewarding our artists and venue partners for their commitment to the KC Arts Community. Revenue generated by ticket sales go directly toward paying partnering artists and venues.

The revenue from button purchases support the operating costs of KC Fringe Festival. They allow us to keep our artists and venues supported while keeping you, our fantastic Fringe audiences, engaged.

Pretty cool, huh? But wait--there is more! When you purchase a button, you get discounts and deals from local business through our Button Perks program. To find out where to get your sweet treats,  click here!


We're looking for sponsors as dynamic as we are! Fringe is the perfect opportunity to engage with the progressive people we draw out. Let us build a sponsorship package tailored specifically to your needs.

Cheryl Kimmi|Executive Producer cheryl@kccreates.org


It takes a village to raise an arts organization dedicated to emerging and experimental art! To make an easy, general donation of any amount, please use our secure Donate Link.

KC Creates, Inc is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. For more info, email or call our Executive Producer at (816) 533-5890.


Fringe 411 Open

July 14th -18th
July 19th-20th
July 21st
Noon to 6pm
July 22nd-27th

Fringe Red Carpet &Teasers

July 16th & 17th
Red Carpet 6-7pm
Teasers 7pm Extreme Screen

Kick-off Party

July 18th
6-9pm Haverty Yards

Late Nite on the Fringe

 July 19th & 20th
July 26th & 27th
10pm to Midnight
Haverty Yards

Closing Party

July 28th
6-9pm Haverty Yards


So, what's happening on the FRINGE in 2019?

Check out our program for our selection of shows, events, and more!


P.O. Box 415001
Kansas City, MO 64141-5001
(816) 359-9195