Elgin Fringe Festival

Elgin, Illinois, USA
September 1–September 10, 2023

15 Ziegler Ct, Elgin, IL, 60120

Phone: 1-847-429-2276

Most recent festival

25 participating companies

$31,400 returned to artists

Application and selection

Application fee(s)

No application fees, but the production fee structure for accepted and participating companies is listed below. Production fees are not based on venue size.
1 Performance: $80
2 Performances: $160
3 Performances: $230
4 Performances: $250

Selection process

Lottery split into three categories: Local, Touring, and Equity Seeking with equity seeking artists being in both the equity lottery and either the local or touring based on geographic location.

Production information

Venue sizes:

20-64 seats.

Number of performances per show: 1-4

Maximum ticket price: 12

Maximum show length: 60

Downtown Elgin is a prime location for a fringe festival due to its urban feel and proximity to Chicago.  The Elgin Fringe Festival is inclusive, dynamic, and run by artists. We are first come-first served, uncurated, uncensored, 100% of our ticket sales go back to the artists, and we have a 100% billeting rate.  Programming includes our Family Fringe Day, a day filled with games, performances, and art projects that is free and open to the public, our ever-growing visual art component hosted at Side Street Studio Arts, aka Fringe Central, as well as a live music component that highlights the juggernaut of a music scene Elgin has to offer. The city’s ever-evolving arts scene, ease of walkability, and diverse community are ingredients for a highly needed and sought after Fringe Festival. #EFFit #befringe #fringelife