April 5-6, 2024


Art that pushes the envelope is taking over The Z this April. The Z Fringe Festival showcases unique creative works in a weekend of adventurous theater and performance art. Featuring exciting, self-produced works on two Z stages. #MeetMeAtTheZ to celebrate art that makes a statement! 

The Z Fringe Festival, April 5-6, 2024, is 2 days of self-produced, performance-based works in the Main Stage and Studio with ticket proceeds for each show going back to the producing artist. Performance submissions are open to performance-based works of any genre (and across-genres… and totally beyond genre categorization…) that have a viewpoint, that tell a story, and/or showcases of short works with a connecting theme.

New for 2024; performance submission category for Works in Progress and submissions for Visual Art! 

The Z Fringe 2024 producers: Terry Flint, Brittney Harris, Jason Kypros, and Akin Ritchie

FRIDAY, April 5

Fringe Kickoff Arts Mixer 4-7pm

Food, Drinks, Networking, and Special Giveaways to kickoff year 2 of Z Fringe Festival! 

Performances 5-11:30pm


Visual Arts Gallery Tour 12-4pm

Learn about the visual arts works and meet the artists!

Performances 11am-10:30pm


The full Z Fringe Fest experience! Unlock 2 full days of new performance art and create-your-own Fringe experience with access to all performances on both festival days!

Friday-1 Day Pass $20

All-day access to all mainstage, studio and lobby performances on Friday.

Saturday-1 Day Pass $30

All-day access to all mainstage, studio and lobby performances on Saturday.

Single Performance Ticket $10

Access to any 1 festival performance of your choosing.

Fringe is a performing arts tradition that started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 when eight performing groups were excluded from the mainstream annual arts festival. They decided to perform anyway, finding inexpensive or free venues on the fringes of the city. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has since grown into one of the largest arts festivals in the world, eclipsing the original festival exponentially.

The Z's Fringe Festival is a celebration of self-produced performance art that pushes the envelope and makes a statement. Performances at The Z Fringe are theatrically-based, meaning they have a viewpoint, tell a story, or connect multiple pieces with a theme. Like the origin story of Fringe Festivals, The Z Fringe was created to give performing artists access to performance space and the opportunity to explore new concepts and performance formats that don’t fit a ‘traditional’ production model. 

April 5-6, 2024


We are excited to announce 2 NEW CATEGORIES of performance art: 

  • Visual Art, including a  Gallery Tour - Saturday April 6 from 12-4 - where artists will be present to talk about their work
  • Works in Progress - an exciting opportunity to see the newest, new works and help artists in their developmenT


  • Z Fringe Kickoff Arts Mixer: Friday from 4-7pm | Main Lobby |#MeetMeAtTheZ and kick off the 2024 Fringe Festival with updates from all your favorite theaters, food, and music! 
  • Applicants must submit a completed application before January 15, 2024 at 11:59PM. 

  • The Z Fringe Committee will review each submission to make sure they meet festival guidelines. Submissions meeting the guidelines will be entered into the lottery and festival selections will be chosen at random. Lottery selection and announcements will be completed by January 26.

  • Main Stage Theater
    • A 299 seat thrust theater.

    • Approximate stage space: 24’ x 32’ (~768 sq ft).

    • Cyc or Full Stage Black available as backdrop with the option of a drop-down projection screen.

    • One Dressing Room, max capacity 10 people.

  • Studio Theater
    • An approximately 87 seat black box theater.
    • Stage dimensions: 24’ x 12’ (288 sq ft).
    • Stage height: 1’-0”
    • One Dressing Room, max capacity 10 people.

Detailed venue information will be provided in a tech packet to selected productions after lottery.

Saw one show? Loved it? Want more Z Fringe?! Upgrade your single show ticket to a day pass or full festival pass! 

  • Bring your single ticket receipt or unused single ticket to the box office during Fringe Fest, and upgrade to a festival pass:
    • $10 Upgrade to Friday Pass
    • $20 Upgrade to Saturday Pass
    • $35 Upgrade to Full Festival Pass

Upgrade prices per single ticket. Patrons may redeem one upgrade per single ticket purchase. No additional trade-in credit offered for multiple single tickets. Upgrade credits may be redeemed prior to or after use of single ticket at one Z Fringe Festival performance. 

Unlock the full Fringe experience with Festival Passes! 

  • Friday or Saturday Single Day Passes: See all performances in both performance venues on a single day. 
  • Best Savings: Full Festival Pass: See all performances in both venues on both days! Over 20 performances for 1 low price! 


City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission