Fringe Club At Theatre Aquarius

From July 19 – 30, the Fringe Club transforms the area just outside Theatre Aquarius into a bustling festival hub!

There’s so much going on at the Fringe Club! Located at 190 King William St just outside Theatre Aquarius, this central hub of the festival boasts a fully equipped outdoor stage, a licensed patio, performances, food, family fun events, and much more.

And best of all? It’s all free! Get more details about our programming below, and then come on down and join us as we celebrate this opportunity to gather in the summer sun.

The Fringe Club Presents...

Opening Night Kick-Off

Hamilton Fringe Kick-Off
Wednesday, July 19, 7pm

Happening live on the outdoor stage at Theatre Aquarius (190 King WIlliam), the Opening Night Kick-Off gives each Hamilton Fringe company the chance to pitch their show to you (the audience)–and they only have 60 seconds to do it! Just grab a pen and a program and plan your Fringe. Join us live on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30PM at the new outdoor Fringe Club stage!

Shorts Showcase

Thursday, July 21, 9pm

The Films on the Fringe: Shorts Showcase competition, presented by the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area, offers Hamiltonians a FREE opportunity to enjoy short films under the stars at the Fringe Club.

Fringe Club Patio and Market Tent

Fringe Club Patio and Market Tent
Tue - Thu, 6pm - 11pm
Fri - Sun, 6pm - 12am
Mon - Closed

Join us for a bite and a bevvy at our licensed outdoor bar and patio! Enjoy a selection of beer from Collective Arts (only $6 with your Fringe Benefits Button). The Fringe Club Patio is a space to gather, relax, and celebrate Fringe artists. The Fringe Club Market Tent hosts artists, makers, and vendors from the local community. With new vendors every day, the Market Tent is sure to have something for you!

Family Fun Day

Saturday July 29, 11am-4pm

A whole day of family fun! With workshops and performances geared towards children, and plenty of coffee for the parents, Family Fun Day should have something for everyone!

Fringe All-Access series

8 Performances Throughout the Festival!

The Fringe All-Access series represents the evolution of Hamilton Fringe’s history providing artistically engaging, financially accessible programming at the Fringe Club. Programmed by our Community Curators Circle, Fringe All-Access showcases innovative, transdisciplinary performance work by a diverse range of professional and emerging artists. The series is also intended to offer greater universal accessibility–and all performances are FREE!

Visual Fringe

Throughout July!

Part of our ancillary Fringe Club programming, Visual Fringe is a city-wide exhibit of visual arts. In true Fringe Festival spirit, our Visual Fringe artists are chosen randomly via lottery–a system that gives every applicant an equal opportunity to take part. Exhibits can be seen across the city throughout July at our Visual Fringe partners:

Relay Coffee (27 King William St)

Vintage Coffee Roasters (977 King St E)

Click HERE for more information about Visual Fringe!

Festival Program Pick-up Locations

Grab a physical copy of this year’s Festival Program at any one of these locations:

  • The Cannon | 180 Ottawa St N
  • Coach & Lantern | 384 Wilson St E, Ancaster
  • Democracy Coffee House | 202 Locke St S
  • Detour Cafe | 41 King St W, Dundas
  • Emerald Coffee Co. | 340 Barton St E
  • Mulberry Coffeehouse | 193 James St N
  • Paisley Coffeehouse & Eatery | 1020 King St W
  • Playhouse Cinema | 177 Sherman Ave N
  • Redchurch Cafe + Gallery | 68 King St E
  • Relay Coffee | 27 King William St & 27 Dundurn St N
  • Tourism Hamilton | 28 James St N
  • Vintage Coffee Roasters | 977 King St E

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