NightLife: Fringe Festival

Anna Hoover

(Photo courtesy by Fort Collins Fringe Festival)

With live performances, an interactive scavenger hunt, a costume contest and more, this year’s Fringe Fest is sure to be memorable as students and artistic souls gather for the festival.

This is a hard-to-miss festival happening around Old Town FoCo with over three venues and performances happening throughout the weekend, including:

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  1. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  2. Wolverine Letterpress & Publik House
  3. Create places

Want a full schedule to see the lineup or make sure you pencil in a particular performance? Click here for the official schedule and where you can purchase tickets. Tickets range from $10-$50.

Also visit their Facebook page for some fringe-tastic photos and more information on their events, such as the Free Family Fringe Saturday from 10am-1pm at the Heritage Courtyard Library Park.

The fringe is about using experimental performances in expressing themselves as actors while increasing appreciation of the arts.

“The Fort Collins Fringe Festival is for courageous artists who want to collaborate and share their voice with their community; a place where form is changed and challenged; where new words find their wings; where the unlikely story comes to life,” according to their official website.

Last year, the event was a huge success, “with 75 performances, 400+ audience members, 150 artists and volunteers,” according to their official website.

One testimonial from their website states, “My 14-year-old daughter and I attended the 2014 Fringe Festival and loved the long-form improv performance by Comedy Brewers. We both laughed so hard that we were sorry when it ended and can’t wait to go back again next year.”

“‘Fringe’ is theatre that is off the beaten path; that won’t find its home in an average theatre company season line-up,” according to their Facebook page. “’Fringe’ means exploring new boundaries, new venues, new ways of shaping and sharing a story.”

With tickets cheaper than most movie theaters, this event is open to the public and anybody who appreciates the power of performing arts. Some performances are 21+, but don’t worry if you’re not quite there yet as there are plenty of performances for all ages.

You could see an act, go out to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants around Old Town, go see more acts, and repeat!

As with any live performance, the emotional range is unlimited and often impromptu as the performers vary from act to act.

Are you so excited about this you want to be a part of it now? No fear, you can volunteer! Sign up at the bottom of their website to help with the performances as you become part of the festival itself.

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Nightlife Writer Anna Hoover can be reached at blogs@collegian.com or on Twitter @Hoovanna_Disny. Leave a comment!!