Festival Info

Welcome to the 2021 Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival returns in 2021 with another bold and boisterous program of more than 120 events. From 30 September to 17 October some of the country’s best emerging and established artists, actors, comedians, musicians, dancers, DJs and designers and will once again take over our city and our homes for two and a half weeks of boundary-pushing, experimental and formidably fabulous art.

Over the last 18 months we have faced never-ending uncertainty, but there is one thing we know for sure. We have a lot to say. It’s time to make some noise – to use your voice, to clap, to cheer, to write, to speak up, to celebrate and to challenge. We can’t wait to bring you a festival full of artistic discoveries that will change the way we view the world. Hear us, see us and feel the energy as Melbourne Fringe brings art to your screens, headphones and the streets of Melbourne.

We invite everyone to participate – from home, from interstate and from overseas. Melbourne Fringe remain unshaken by times of uncertainty and promises to deliver a festival no matter what challenges are thrown in the way (just try us).

So prepare for the sublime, the unexpected and the political because Victoria’s independent artists are going to make some noise!

Explore the 2021 Festival Program


Browse the Program

Check out our 120+ events. You can search by genre, venue and accessibility or throw caution to the wind and pick something random.

COVID Safety

We know you know this all by now, but we’re going to say it anyway. Keep your eyes on this page for all the latest information.


We are Melbourne Fringe. All of us. Our accessibility page details how to navigate our website to find the events and information that meet your access requirements.

Digital Fringe Help

It’s the Fringe – but digital. Here’s how it works, and how to make sure everything runs smoothly.


Tickets. Where do I buy them? How do I get them cheap? What are the rules? Find out here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Fringe, other than a classic haircut and late-2000s TV series? Find the answers to this and other more helpful questions.