For a complete list of participating CAFF member festivals with festival dates, application fee, and maximum running time please CLICK HERE.

To apply for the 2017 CAFF Touring Lottery CLICK HERE

All applicants must also submit the mandatory $25 touring application processing fee which can be paid by CLICKING HERE

The 2016 CAFF Touring Lottery application deadline is 5pm (CST) on October 21, 2016.


While there is tremendous satisfaction in spending time performing on the North American Fringe Festival circuit – doing the work you want to do, seeing and being seen by other artists from all over the world, experiencing the Fringe environment from coast to coast – we also recognize that doing the circuit is difficult and getting into all of your preferred festivals is very challenging.

In order to make it just a little easier for companies interested in touring to at least five Fringes every year, in 2003 the members of CAFF got together and created a unique one-stop touring application process.  Over the years the popularity of the CAFF touring circuit has grown immensely with 29 applications the first and 170 applications last year.  Companies that are lucky enough to be selected are guaranteed a spot in all of the festivals they wish to perform in and will have even more time to put together their touring plans.


With the ever increasing popularity of this special touring application opportunity, CAFF members continue to try and find ways to increase the number of performance spots available for the lottery.  Many festivals have overlapping dates due to a short festival season and applicants will have the opportunity to select a first and second festival choice when two or more festivals have overlapping dates.  The selection of a second festival choice is totally optional and companies can utilize this feature if they are interested in performing in either festival on their tour.  CAFF is guaranteeing that ten touring spots will be selected in the lottery draw but we hope to be able to select up to five additional companies by using the second festival choice option.

Every CAFF member festival is unique and has its own policies and procedures when it comes to a maximum ticket price, number of performances, scheduling, venue sizes etc. It is the responsibility of the applicant to fully research and understand all of the policies for each festival they plan on applying to.

The list of participating CAFF member festivals and the basic information for each can be found below or you can visit the Member Festivals directory

Touring Application Policies

  • Applicants (company or primary contact) must have previously participated in a CAFF-member Fringe Festival to be eligible.
  • Applicants must select a minimum of FIVE CAFF member festivals to be eligible.
  • Only one application per individual/company will be accepted.
  • Applicants must submit a $25.00 (CAD) non-refundable application processing fee to be eligible.