So, you’ve decided to step #intotheunknown and come to the Fringe this August (great decision!). Accommodation is sorted. Transport booked. Excitement levels rising – check. But what now? Here’s a handy things-to-do list to tick off as you count down to the best summer of your life.

Dates for your diary

  • 06 June – Fringe Programme launches (10:00 BST)

  • 03 August – The Fringe begins

  • 06 – 07 August – 2for1 ticket days

  • 08 August – Virgin Money Half Price Hut opens

Pre-order the Fringe Programme

Alongside a comfy pair of walking shoes, the official Fringe Programme is going to be your most valuable possession during the festival. At the end of August, your copy – dog-eared and tatty – will be testament to the many hours you spent meticulously planning your days and a treasured souvenir of your time in Edinburgh. Want to be one of the first to get your mitts on this year’s bumper programme (we’re talking nearly 500 pages and more than 3,000 shows)?

You can order one for delivery online or sign up for our email updates and you'll be the first to know where you can pick up a free copy in the UK and Ireland.

Sign up as a Friend of the Fringe

We welcome everyone at the Fringe, but our Friends receive a bundle of extra perks. We’re talking 2for1 tickets from a selection of 1,000s of shows, a special box office just for you, 10% off all merch in the edfringe shop, plus exclusive events during the Fringe (not to mention the warm fuzzy glow from supporting the work of the Fringe Society - a registered charity). Impressive right? Sign up as a Friend of the Fringe for 2018.

Get favouriting

We get it, 3,000-plus shows is a LOT. But when you create an account on you can start planning your August adventure, by flagging any shows that take your fancy by adding it to your favourites.

All your bookmarked shows will appear in your account whenever you sign in so you won’t lose track of any of the gems you spotted when browsing through the listings. Once you’ve built your shortlist you can dive in and start booking tickets to make sure you don’t miss out!

Download the app

Hand holding smartphone with 2018 Fringe App installed

Come on, get ‘appy – navigating the world’s biggest arts festival is a breeze with the official Fringe App. Featuring lots of great planning tools such as advanced filtering, favourites, and a personal planning calendar, it’s never been easier to plan your very own Fringe adventure.

Find out if you’re a Fringe pro

Reckon you’re the smartest cookie in the jar when it comes to all things Edinburgh Festival Fringe? Check out our latest blog, 14 things you didn’t know about the Fringe, to see how much of an expert you really are and to arm yourself with an arsenal of impressive fun Fringe facts that will dazzle and delight your friends come August.

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