This year’s Fringe will look a little different. In 2021, audiences will be able to access a wide range of amazing Fringe shows through socially distanced in-person events both outdoors and indoors, as well as scheduled online performances and on-demand digital shows.

In-person shows

In-person shows will be taking place outdoors and indoors at venues across Edinburgh.

Covid-19 safety measures: All registered live, in-person performances taking place at various outdoor and indoor venues must comply with City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government covid-related regulations.

At time of writing, one metre social distancing will be in place (having come into effect from 19 July), masks should be worn indoors and regular hand washing is strongly advised. Many Fringe venues are operating outdoors in 2021, and recommended safety measures such as clear ventilation, one-way systems, bubble seating and contactless payment will be in place at many.

The Scottish Government has advised that regulations could lift on 09 August, though this is contingent on covid levels and the continued vaccination roll out in Scotland and is subject to review.

We will be updating audiences and artists regularly on what changing restrictions mean for in-person performances at the Fringe.

For information about visiting and getting around Edinburgh take a look at our visitor experience guide.


Is my show sold out?

The Fringe Box Office is allocated a percentage of tickets to sell on behalf of each show, which varies between shows and venues. When a show is listed as having 'no ticket allocation remaining', this means our allocation has sold out; however, it's always worth checking with the venue in case they have their own allocation.

Venues can also allocate additional tickets to the Fringe Box Office – for example if restrictions around venue capacity are relaxed and more seats become available – so it's also worth checking back now and then to see if a show has any more tickets available.

Online shows

There will be two kinds of online events available this year: scheduled and on demand.

  • Scheduled shows: Audiences can buy tickets as they would to a traditional in-person event. Shows will have a dedicated start and end time and are treated as an ‘appointment to view’ event.
  • On-demand shows: Audiences can buy tickets to watch at their leisure. Some online shows will have a viewing window (where the content will be available to watch for a set amount of time).

Detailed information about how each individual online event is viewed is clearly available at the point of booking.

Fringe Player and other online platforms:
Audiences can view many Fringe shows via the brand-new Fringe Player. Available via, this bespoke digital platform offers an exciting new way to engage with Fringe content. The player will be accessible from 06 August, with captioning built in. Both on-demand and scheduled online shows are available on this platform. Where other platforms (such as Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo) are being used to host online work, information on how to access these is clearly provided at the point of purchase. Online shows will be available to watch from August but can be pre-booked.

Programme and tickets

This year, and in keeping with reducing contact during in-person interactions, all events will be e-ticketed and shows will be listed online, as there won’t be a printed programme for 2021.

Audiences will be able to attend shows by showing their tickets on their device or printing them at home. More information on ticketing can be found on our Box Office information page.

Stay in the loop

Whether you’re a seasoned Fringe veteran or interested in visiting for the first time, be the first to know the latest Fringe updates by signing up to receive our emails updates or through our social media channels. 

Please note: except during the Fringe our social media channels are monitored during our office hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Monday – Friday.

Visit the Fringe Shop

Our online Fringe Shop is the place to find limited-edition Fringe goodies from festivals past and present, from hoodies and t-shirts to posters and postcards. Plus, you get the warm glow of knowing that the funds we raise through the Fringe Shop provide vital support for the Fringe Society’s charitable activities, helping artists and audiences at the festival.