[we know…there’s a lot of info here…but it’s totally useful]

Types of passes, how they work, and when/where to get them.

The following Show Passes are for general admission rush seats for ANY PortFringe show. If you are interested in passes that guarantee admission to specific performances, please read on below.

  • Single Show Pass — $10.00
    redeemable for one individual to one show
  • 3-Show Punch Pass — $28.00
    redeemable for one individual to three shows
  • 9-Show Punch Pass — $75.00 – NEW THIS YEAR!
    redeemable for one individual to nine shows
  • VIP SuperPass — $125.00
    redeemable for one individual to an unlimited number of shows

All sales are $$$ CASH ONLY $$$ – Please Plan Ahead!


Portland Locations:

  • 1 Diamond Streetcoffee2Portland, ME 04101
    207- 874-5400
  • 620 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04101
  • 67 India Street
    Portland, ME 04101
  • 43 Washington Ave
    Portland, ME 04101

Freeport Location:

  • 95 Main Street
    (inside the L.L.Bean Flagship Store:
    Main Street Level)
    Freeport, ME 04033
    (207) 865-2235
All PortFringe tickets (with the exception of Triple By-Pass) are rush tickets! What’s RUSH? It means that all seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. You buy a Show Pass that gets you into any PortFringe show at any time, as long as there’s still room for you. 
Unlike a normal ticketing experience, you aren’t buying a specific seat for a specific show. Get tickets ahead of time, get in line for the show you want early, and get that front row seat! Show passes are, just like Fringe, wild and risky and fun. We invite you to join us on the fringey side.

Advance ONLINE Sales have ended!

PLEASE NOTE: If you purchased tickets online, you will NOT receive your Pass(es) in the mail! Your name and order will be on a “will-call” list and you must pick up your advance passes at the PortFringe “Fringe Central” Box Office at Portland Stage Company any time during the festival week, beginning any time after 4:30PM on Saturday, June 18 – the first day of the festival.

REMINDER: All sales are final. No refunds. Thank you for your understanding. Still have questions about Show Passes? Feel free to email the PF-16 Box Office c/o portfringe@gmail.com

All box office transactions during the festival week are CASH-ONLY.
Please Plan Ahead!
If you want to see a PortFringe show, you must purchase a Show Pass. Read on for details!

The PortFringe festival, with one notable exception (see the section for “Triple By-Pass” below), operates on an All-Rush pass-holder system. This means that show pass-holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled, or the performance begins – whichever happens first. Excepting special circumstances, there will be NO LATE SEATING at ANY PortFringe SHOW. There is no way for PortFringe to predict attendance for any given event and there will be sold-out performances. PortFringe offers the following advice for our audience members:

Buy Show Passes in advance. People who already have Passes will be seated before those who do not. And remember – buying multi-show “punch passes” not only gives you a spot in the advance line, but it also saves you money and time at the box office.

Be early. If you are concerned you may not get into the show of your choice, show up early. The official PortFringe queues for each show will be formed 60 minutes before each show begins. Bring a book. Bring an iPod. Bring a friend. Wait it out.

Plan ahead. Look at the schedule and develop your PortFringe “plan of attack”… PortFringe show start times are staggered by 15 minutes and are no more than one hour in length – if you are turned away from sold-out show that begins at 4:00PM in one venue, there will be a 4:15PM show in another venue.

Above all – Don’t Panic, and HAVE FUN! The “all-rush” process can seem intimidating – especially for new PortFringe audience members; however, this does not need to be the case! Remember that (with very limited exceptions) each PortFringe production has at least three performances during the festival week – there will multiple opportunities for you to see the shows you’re most excited about, and myriad opportunities to see shows that you know nothing about! The “all-rush”, low-cost box office process is a critical component of the PortFringe model – designed specifically to create a festival atmosphere that encourages risk-taking, adventurous theater-going!

Don’t know what to see at PortFringe? Let PortFringe decide for you – and SAVE!

3-Show “Grab Bag” Punch Pass — $20.00 (an $8 discount!)
Available only at PortFringe Central Box Office in person

Redeemable for one individual to three *PRE-SELECTED* shows!

Take a risk, and get a discount! Feeling overwhelmed by the PortFringe schedule? Let PortFringe do the decision-making for you! The “Grab Bag” Pass will include a separate punch for three specific performances on any one given evening. These performances will be selected by PortFringe staff members the morning of each festival date and will include a surprise mix of local favorites, national touring shows, and possibly expected sell-out shows generating big buzz in the community. You won’t know until you open your pass what theatrical adventures await!


#1: PortFringe 2016 “Fringe Central” Box Office is located at Portland Stage Company (25A Forest Avenue) and will open 60 minutes prior to the first performance in this venue every day of the festival. Come early and meet other audience members, have a drink in the Lobby bar, and pick up any will-call passes from our advance, online presale period.You may also purchase passes (CASH ONLY) at Geno’s Rock Club (625 Congress Street) and Portland Empire (575 Congress Street) during the festival, starting 60 minutes before the first performance in each venue on each festival day.

#2: You cannot join the queue for a show until you have a pass! Make sure to purchase your pass(es) before getting on line. The only way to bypass the line is if you have made advance show-specific reservations using the new Triple By-Pass option (link to this section above).

#3: Want to get FREE Show Passes? Volunteer for Fringe! Earn show passes and other cool swag by signing up for our volunteer army!

* SPECIAL “Triple By-Pass”

TRIPLE BY-PASS Rules and Regulations 

  1. Your three individual Triple By-Pass show reservations must be made on or before Monday, June 13, 2016, by emailing your three performance titles, dates and times to portfringe@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation within 24hrs that your reservations have been recorded. You will not have an opportunity to exchange/switch to different performances later – once you select the shows you want to see with your Triple ByPass, you are locked in to see those shows! Plan carefully.
  2. Triple By-Passes are usable by one individual to see three separate shows. PortFringe will not admit three individuals into the same performance on one Triple By-Pass. Each individual will need their own pass.
  3. Triple By-Pass reservations will be held only until 5 minutes before show time. If you are not in the “By-Pass” queue at 5 minutes before show time, your spot may be taken by someone else in the regular “rush” line. If you arrive after the show begins, there will be NO LATE SEATING and you will forfeit the reservation without refund.
  4. Triple By-Passes are only available for advance/online purchase between May 17 and June 10, 2016. After June 10, the Triple By-Pass will no longer be available.
  5. You MUST keep your Triple By-Pass with you at all times. If you do not have your By-Pass with you, you will not be allowed to “bypass” the rush ticket holder line.
  6. There will be NO REFUNDS to Triple By-Pass holders. If you neglect to make your reservations, or neglect to show up on time for your reserved performance(s), you will be forfeiting the monetary value of your reservation(s)

PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT receive your Triple By-Pass(es) in the mail! You will receive an email confirmation of your three specific reservations after you submit them, and will be able to pick up your printed pass(es) at the PortFringe “Fringe Central” Box Office at Portland Stage Company any time during the festival week, beginning any time after 4:30PM on Saturday, June 18 – the first day of the festival.
REMINDER: All sales are final. No refunds. Thank you for your understanding. Still have questions about “Grab Bag” or “Triple By-Pass” options? Feel free to email the PF-16 Box Office c/o portfringe@gmail.com