Festival Information


The 10th annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival will run August 11 – 15, 2020 streamed online. More information can be found on our ” 2020 Fringe Goes Online” tab (click here).


All our performers are chosen by lottery. Our festival is perfect for developing emerging and experimenting artists with 100% of the base ticket price guaranteed to the participating theatre company. Fringe Festivals encourage artists’ exposure, provide a space for local practitioners to develop their talents and offer the opportunity to build bridges with international performers. Applications for the 2020 Nanaimo Fringe Festival are now closed. See the tenth anniversary lineup here.


One of the reasons Fringes have been successful across Canada is because of an incredible group of people that are willing to donate their time, energy and assistance to seeing these events happen. You may know them as Volunteers, but we consider them family and give them special benefits and thank-yous for all their help. Find out about volunteering here.

Our History

Our Festival began in 2011; back then it was called Fringetastic Theatre Festival.  The name was coined by co-founder Jer Banks, also the title of a series of video interviews Jer did while travelling across Canada working at Fringe Festivals. Find out more about our founders here.