Choosing and booking shows
Cover all the bases – make sure you’re ready to enjoy every second of what the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has to offer. The Fringe is all about finding things to see and there are lots of different ways to get started planning:
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Booking your tickets
To allow our audiences to plan their trips and book their tickets as early as possible, we begin selling tickets for some shows through our website early in the year. All shows that register for the Festival Fringe are given the option to put their tickets on sale through the Fringe Box Office early, so the number of shows available for early ticket purchase depends entirely on the preference of the participating companies.
As shows continue to register, the number of shows available for sale online will continue to grow as we approach our programme launch. The onsale dates for 2018 are:
- 01 February
- 01 March
- 22 March
- 19 April
- 17 May
- 06 June - Full programme launch
After the full programme launch, you also buy tickets by phone through our ticket booking line on +44 (0)131 226 0000 or in person over the counter at 180 High Street, Edinburgh. Click here for more information.
Street events and areas to explore
Street event spaces become the focus of the carnival atmosphere that takes over Edinburgh in August, with thousands of locals and tourists mingling to see the spectacular acts that travel from all over the world to entertain the crowds
High Street and the Mound
During the Fringe, the Society manages two vibrant street performance spaces in the heart of the city: The High Street on the Royal Mile (between Cockburn Street and George IV Bridge) and the Mound Precinct.
- Free previews of hundreds of Fringe shows across four stages.
- World class street shows, buskers and entertainers of every talent imaginable.
- Arts and crafts markets.
Our dedicated Virgin Money Street Events team schedule stages and other street performance areas, as well as organising two Arts and Crafts markets. The team provides the infrastructure and necessary permissions for this spectacular event to take place. They ensure the street performance areas are a safe and fun, family environment with equal opportunity for all to participate.
Fringe Box Office
The year-round home of the Fringe Society is at 180 High Street (part of the Royal Mile). Behind its iconic facade you’ll find the edfringe shop, where the full range of official Fringe merchandise is for sale.
Underneath the shop is the Fringe Box Office – full information on the Fringe Box Office is available on our tickets website. Down the close you’ll also find the Friends of the Fringe Box Office, an exclusive ticketing facility for all Friends of the Fringe.
Tickets can also be collected from the any of the official Fringe collection points listed here, as well as a number of Fringe venues across Edinburgh.
The Half Price Hut
The Half Price Hut is located on the Mound Precinct and is a great place to grab a bargain with thousands of half price tickets available. The opening dates and times of the Virgin Money Half Price Hut for the 2018 Fringe will be listed here once available.
Tips & tricks
How do you take in the whole of the Fringe in a short period of time? Try following these handy tips collated by our staff and friends...
Variety equals spice - The Fringe features many art forms so get stuck in! Don’t just stick to what you know. The flavour of the Fringe is best experienced when you’re willing to dip into all the surprising options, from theatre to stand-up, from a staggering range of live music to one-on-one speed dating performance art.
- Virgin Money Half-Price Hut - No particular plans for the day? Then swing by the Virgin Money Half-Price Hut during the festival and see what tickets are on offer that day for half of their usual price.
- Go free - There are plenty of free shows on offer during the festival, not to mention all the discounted tickets and 2for1 ticket deals.
- Get map-savvy - Help find your away around town with our interactive venue map or pick up a paper map too, available from all Fringe box offices and ticket collection points as well as sites across the city.
- Set your watch accurately - Lots of shows won't admit latecomers, so make sure you're there before the start! And remember "Fringe Time"; days run from 5am to 4:59am, so a show listed as 1am on Friday night is actually in the early hours of Saturday morning. Make sure your tickets are for the right show on the right day.
- Dress wisely - Even though it’s August you’d best be prepared for sun, warmth, rain, cold and lots and lots of walking. Remember: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.
- Pace yourself - With thousands shows on offer it would be hard to take it all in – the secret to the Fringe is to find a blissful balance between quantity and quality.
- Respect the environment - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is committed to minimising their impact on the environment – please help us by giving a thought to how you travel to the Fringe, and while you're here disposing of your rubbish in one of the many bins or recycling points around the city.
- Open your mind… and your heart - Edinburgh’s population doubles during the festival, so that means there will quite a few people around. Keep a sense of humour about it all as you move around town and an open mind: swap any emerging ‘crowd rage’ for a lovely dose of ‘festival fever’.
Whether you’re a seasoned Fringe veteran or interested in visiting for the first time, keep connected to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by signing up to receive our email bulletins or through our social media channels.
Please note: except during the Fringe our social media channels are monitored during our office hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Monday – Friday.