About Capital Fringe

What is Capital Fringe

At Capital Fringe our focus is on expanding audiences appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art.

Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.


  • 2007 Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts

  • 2007 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID

  • 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts

  • 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community

  • 2013-2018 Best Theatre Festival Washington City Paper “Best of DC”

  • 2015 Non-Profit of the Year by the Washington Business Journal

  • 2015 Momentum Award from the Downtown DC BID. Outstanding Partnership/Program for Dance of Cranes - Gould Property, Miller and Long and National Park Service

Fringe Artist Focused Programs

  • Logan Fringe Arts Space, in its Phase 1 operation, is a functional multi-use arts facility and community center on the edge of the Trinidad neighborhood in NE DC. Phase 1 operation will be completed June 23, 2018.

Learn more about to being a part of Phase 2.

  • Founded in 2006, the annual Fringe Festival held each July, starting in 2006 serves as celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, we create or rent a series of theatre spaces made available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Our aim is to challenge perceptions and shake up the hierarchy, to be brave and unafraid and to serve as a launching pad for unseasoned to existing theatre artists.

  • Fringe Music employs individual curators to program music events and concerts throughout the year.

Capital Fringe Transformed the City’s Theater Scene—Now It’s Attempting the Same for Its Music Scene -Washington City Paper, July 2016

Read our 2013 – 2015 Strategic Plan (PDF) →
Read the Results of our 2013 - 2015 Strategic Plan (PDF) →

Our Impact


  • Brought 171,000 adventurous audiences into unique local spaces
  • Grew to the second largest, unjuried Fringe Festival in the USA
  • Generated over $1.7 million in revenue for participating artists
  • Premiered over 600 new works of contemporary performance
  • 866 paid positions, 469 to DC residents


  • Connected over 40,000 adventurous audiences (half of whom are between the ages of 25-54) to 5,000 exploratory artists; and sold 40,000 tickets to the Fringe Festival and ticketed productions at the Logan Fringe Arts Space.
  • Connected over 7,000 people to free events around the city from the DC Public Library to local Farmers Markets.
  • Generated over $283,538 in revenue for our participating artists.
  • Premiered over 120 new works of contemporary performance.
  • 83 paid positions, 58 to DC residents.

*The above information is updated each December.*

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