Pink Elephant at the Atlanta Fringe Festival.

The Atlanta Fringe Festival’s 7th annual installment will be its biggest and most ambitious outing yet, with 23 performance groups from around the country putting up live theatre, dance, comedy, storytelling and more across six venues in four days.

This year’s festival will also, for the first time, feature a free outdoor stage for family-friendly shows and activities, a variety benefit featuring local Atlanta talent, and live performances by some of the three dozen audio artists whose work will be available exclusively at

The 23 companies from 9 different states that make up this year’s lineup were chosen, per festival tradition, via a completely unjuried lottery – literally pulled out of a hat from a pool of 130 global submissions. As in years past, the 7th Atlanta Fringe Festival will boast live performances from across the theatrical spectrum, from avant garde dance to sketch comedy to solo storytelling to heavily-costumed performance art troupes. Festival artists will be eligible for cash prizes for the favorite shows in various categories as selected by the audience, staff and a panel of judges from the Atlanta arts community.

This year’s festival will take place in traditional and converted performing spaces in and around Little Five Points, including 7 Stages, the Highland Ballroom, The Marianna at Wrecking Bar Brewpub, the Church at Ponce & Highland, and the International Montessori Academy.

To see the full lineup, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.