Welcome to
Nelson Fringe Festival

14 - 23 March 2024
Roll up! Roll up and show us what you’ve got! We’re accepting applications now for the 2024 festival – jump in and be part of this marvellous opportunity.

Hit that big orange button at the top of the screen to find out more!

Applications close on 7 December 2023.
We’re an annual festival in Nelson Whakatū, New Zealand, giving a stage to performers, comedians, storytellers, dancers, musicians and more, for an hour at a time, and always at a cheap ticket price.

We embrace the full range of first-timers to seasoned touring gigsters, presenting  around 50 shows in three venues across ten days.

Whether you’re onstage or in the audience, it’s about throwing yourself into a festival of ideas, shows, experiments, adventures and general fringy awesomeness.
people performing on stage at nelson Fringe Festival
Woman with microphone
actor on stage at Nelson Fringe Festival
people enjoying a dringe at Nelson Fringe Festival
actor on stage
actor the Nelson Fringe Festival

What's been happening

Applications Are Open!

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Pub Quiz Fundraiser

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