D.C. Fringe Festival Sails Well Beyond the Mainstream

Capital Fringe Festival

Outside the box: While the Fringe Festival seems to focus on avant-garde theater, you can also catch live music, dance and even a puppet show or two. (IntangibleArts via Flickr)

This is another one we did last year, so we decided we’d bring it back one more time.

From July 12 to 29, get ready to get outré and weird at the 7th Annual Capital Fringe Festival. Like their site says, “Fringe lives on the present moment. Rebellious and adventurous.” Moreover, they “are asking you to cast aside your burdens and be in the moment with us.”

Now, again, this is a family-friendly blog catering to apartment renters, so some of us will want to hold on to our burdens (i.e., inhibitions), thank you.

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If you want to see how fringy they can get, check out their self-styled FAQ page, FRINGE2. Suffice to say, you may or may not want to bring the kids here. Actually, they do say this: “There will be shows for children, teenagers, adults – and everyone in between.” I guess it’ll be a performance-specific decision.

Capital Fringe claims that “80,000 fellow members of the DC community” have been to one of these. Not only that, they claim it’s now the second-largest unjuried Fringe Festival in the United States and has generated more than $1.2 million in revenue for participating artists. (They claim that approximately 60 percent of generated revenue from ticket sales goes to the performing arts groups themselves.) So don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of other fringy types there for your perusal, pleasure or whatever use you’ll have for them.

Here is a list of this year’s shows and performances. Capital Fringe supports artists year-round with the Fringe Training Factory, which “is both a forum for learning and a playground for artists to explore their craft in a creative, supportive and instructive setting.”

Yes, it’s a big one this year, with more than 130 performing arts groups taking part. There will be nearly 20 venues throughout D.C. getting fringy (they give you nearby Metro stations for each venue, too).

Somehow I don’t think The Causey Way will be reuniting for the festival, but they were about as fringe as it got. OK, it was a joke. Remember, The Causey Way is not a cult!

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Here is the Capital Fringe blog, so you can keep abreast on all fringe goings-on.

Single tickets for the event are $17 (plus a one-time purchase of a Fringe button – $5 before July 12, $7 after). They give a slew of deals for big spenders, but to be honest, I can’t figure out how Capital Fringe are coming up with these “savings” numbers.

Moving on … if you want to support this strange conglomeration above and beyond a ticket/button purchase, you can donate here. And you can always volunteer, too.

Supporters of Capital Fringe include the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, PNC Bank and The Washington Post Company.

So if you rent in the District area, come out and get fringy. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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