St. Louis Fringe

St. Louis Fringefest Opens Tonight with New Shows in Grand Center

August 15, 2018 - 7:40 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It’s grown since its St. Louis debut in 2011. This year's St. Louis Fringefest will feature 27 acts over 10 days on seven stages in Grand Center, and today is Opening Night. 

Acts include new musicals, new plays, new dance and everything in between, according to the fest's Matthew Kern. The headline acts include a country-western musical called "Race Cars & Romance" and a musical by local composer Colin Healy called "The Gringo."

Kern says Fringefest is a hybrid three-tiered system.

“We search all year long for our headline acts, and the invited artists are artists that we know, that we have a relationship with, and they say ‘hey, I’m going to be making this specific piece of work, I want to show it off at the festival,’ so we invite them in. And the rest of the 60% are lottery based, which means we pull them out of a fishbowl in March and they come in August and perform,” he says.

Kerns says they keep the tickets affordable. In fact, if you buy tickets for the headline shows, they'll give you free tickets to the next tier shows, and Saturday’s family day is just $10 per family!

“Debut Theater Company is here with us this year and they’re bringing kids to perform. We’ve got On a Wing and a Prayer Productions who are brining family friendly shows, and we’ve got Compass Improv coming in, and they’re not only going to teach kids an improv class, but then they’re going to perform with the kids in an improv show,” Kern says.

Shows begin tonight and run through Saturday August 25. Get more information at or metro tix.