In 2005, Indianapolis first experienced the world-wide Fringe phenomenon! The city embraced the edgy, original, creative theatre arts festival.

Today, IndyFringe boasts a year-round theatre and now hosts several other performing arts festivals throughout the year. 

IndyFringe Theatre Festival

11 days of riotous, raucous, often inspiring theatre delights and entertains huge audiences on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis. Now an established cultural event, the annual IndyFringe Festival attracts tens of thousands of fans every August.

Winter Magic Festival

Wishing for wizardry? Coveting more conjuring? The IndyFringe Winter Magic Festivals attracts nationally and internationally-renowned, award-winning magicians to Indianapolis each January. No where else in the U.S. does a group of the most inventive, innovative and mesmerizing magicians share the same stage.


Insightful. Energizing. Endlessly Entertaining. Our juried DivaFest showcases plays written exclusively by women, a minority among playwrights. Through our partnership with the Writer’s Center of Indiana, the center coaches new playwrights in the processes of play writing and production. IndyFringe provides the venue, marketing support and a share of any profits, encouraging new works and new artists.

Short Play Festival

Fast-paced. Incisive. Bitterly funny and semi-sweet. Another collaboration with the Writer’s Center of Indiana, our short play festival proves that sometimes, less is more. Featuring new and emerging playwrights, their original works captivate growing audiences.


IndyFringe sponsors Indianapolis' first and only festival for African American playwrights. We believe in helping to create a theatre culture that is supportive and inclusive of all artists.

True to our mission, IndyFringe strives to offer an accessible, affordable outlet for audiences, inspire excellence through the arts, and create a financial incentive for performers to remain in Indianapolis.