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Golden Lanyard Awards

Participate in the Second Annual Golden Lanyard Awards! Voting goes live July 26, and remains open through Saturday, August 10th at 11:59pm. Awardees will be announced at the Closing Night Party.

Audience-driven Awards

  • Audience Picks (3 recipients): Vote for your favorite production of the Festival!
  • 'Spirit of the Fringe (1 recipient): Vote for the "Fringiest" production you saw in this year's Festival! Who made the boldest choices, took the most risks? Which piece took audiences on an adventure? 1 award will be given.
  • Venue Picks (12 recipients): The top selling production at each traditional venue (based on the first 4 performances). 12 awards will be given.
  • Fringe with Benefits Member Pick (1 recipient): A special award for our year-round champions, Fringe with Benefits members, to select their favorite production. Fringe with Benefits members: check your email for your digital ballot during the Festival.

Artist-driven Awards

  • Artist Picks (3 recipients): Vote for one favorite company/production showcasing artistic achievement -- a prestigious, peer-given award!
  • Underdog Award (1 recipient): Vote for the company -- producing here at Minnesota Fringe for the first time -- which has taken the boldest risks, been the most ambitious newbie, and wowed you with their first show! To view a list, use the Features column on the Shows page.

Artists: vote for both awards with your 2 ballots at Fringe Central Red Stag Supperclub, August 2-11, 10pm to 12midnight. Remember, only artists in your show should use your ballots, and you cannot vote for your own show for either award. (Each ballot has your show number stamped on it.)

Staff-driven Awards

Members of the year-round Fringe team will recognize a production based on their organizational role... and/or their own fringe-tastic, creative prerogatives!


The 2018 Golden Lanyard Award Winners were:

Audience-driven Awards

Audience Picks:

(Note: due to a tie in voting, 4 Audience Picks were awarded instead of 3.)

Spirit of the Fringe: 

Venue Picks:

Fringe With Benefits Members' Pick

Artist-driven Awards

Artist Picks:

Underdog Award: (awarded to a first-time-at-Minnesota-Fringe-first-time producer/company)

Staff Picks

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