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Come one, come all! The Hamilton Fringe Festival–the biggest, boldest theatre festival in the Greater Hamilton Area–returns to the historic Ontario city for its 19th year. Running for 12 days from July 19 to July 30, 2023, this festival boasts 50+ shows from around the world, taking place in 10 iconic Hamilton venues.

Our Fringe Benefits Partners

Here's a list of the fine businesses who supported the Fringe Benefits Button campaign throughout July 2023!

  • Brothers Grimm Bistro | 193 King St E

    An European inspired cellar bistro located in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Open Wednesday to Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm.

  • Black Forest Inn | 255 King St E
    • 10% OFF food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gastro Market | 193 King St E
    • An Exclusive Fringe Feature TBA!
  • Studio 205 | 205 King Street E
    • FREE drink with purchase
  • Vintage Soul Geek | 279 King St E
    • 10% OFF vintage clothing & jewelry
  • Café Oranje | 312 King St E
    • 10% OFF Food and Drinks
  • Mooncraft Market | 142 James St N
    • FREE crystal with any purchase
  • Cherry Birch General | 219 King St E
    • 10% OFF of $20 on any purchases
  • Luv La Vie | 287 King St E
    • 25% OFF any purchase excluding Sale items
  • Into The Abyss | 267 King St E
    • Spend $20 (Before Tax) and Receive FREE Bargain Bin Record
  • Phoenix Emporium | 310 King St E
    • 15% OFF with In-Store Purchase of $50 or More (Before Tax)
  • J. H. Gordon Books | 314 King St E
    • 20% OFF any in-store purchase


Check back often–we're adding new partners every day!

2023 Fringe Benefits Button

Artists from Ontario, across Canada, and around the globe offer up a diverse lineup of performances, including storytelling, magic, comedy, improv, dance, ghost stories, coming-of-age tales, puppets, musicals, and even an existential bowl of noodles!

Tickets are priced at an affordable $12 per show, allowing adventurous Fringers to take in multiple performances without breaking the bank. The Fringe Club Outdoor Stage offers free events and entertainment every night, creating a space for mingling and enjoying a pint with Hamilton Fringe artists.

Situated between Toronto and the Niagara region, Hamilton provides a unique backdrop for this exciting performance festival. Visitors can make a day trip to explore the city’s renowned waterfalls, earning Hamilton’s reputation as the Waterfall Capital of Canada. Once downtown, attendees can immerse themselves in the heart of the Fringe by attending shows at historic venues such as the Players’ Guild of Hamilton, with a dark and wild history dating back to 1878, or The Westdale, a newly-restored 1935 art deco marvel.

Check out the Fringe Club outside Theatre Aquarius (190 King William St), a space to gather, relax, and celebrate the Hamilton Fringe community. Join us for a bite and a bevvy at our licensed outdoor patio. Enjoy a selection of beer from Collective Arts. Check out the Market Tent for a rotating cast of local makers, artists, and vendors. The Fringe Club Outdoor Stage is the venue for the Hamilton Fringe Kick-Off, the Fringe All-Access series, the DISCOCAB cabaret, Films on the Fringe: Shorts Showcase, the Spark teen show, the Kids Club Fun Day (Sat July 29), and more. And it’s all FREE! 

For more information and to buy your Hamilton Fringe Festival tickets, visit today. 

See you at the Fringe!

HFTco partners with Westjet and the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel to help you find the most affordable rates when visiting Hamilton. Take advantage of these discounts provided only to festival attendees:

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
For attendees coming from out of town, Sheraton Hamilton is offering the following rates to Fringe goers looking to book a room between July 18th and 29th.

Traditional Guestroom rate: $139 + tax
Deluxe King Corner Guestroom rate: $159 + tax
Club Level Guestroom rate: $179 + tax (Rate includes complimentary breakfast and evening canapés in the Club Lounge for Club Level Guests only).

To access this discount, you must complete an online form. Directions on how to book will be emailed to you following the completion of the form.

WestJet Airlines
We are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Toronto or Hamilton. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code. Please click here to make a booking online.

Travel from:
July 11, 2022 to August 5, 2022
February 1, 2023 to March 1, 2023