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How to Fringe

Tips and tricks for making the most of your Fringe Fest experience

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Lateness
Even if you’ve paid for a ticket, once the doors close, you’re not getting in. Arrive at Loch Haven Park at least 30 minutes before your showtime and leave plenty of time to walk to your venue; it may be on the opposite end of the complex.

Make-out spot
We’re not saying how we know this, but the best place for a secret snog session is the Mennello Museum grounds.

Mini-golf
See Visual Fringe, below.

Parking
Limited, to say the least, but you can always bite the bullet and pay to park in the Orlando Science Center garage. If you absolutely refuse to pay, get there before 10 a.m. to try and park in the Shakes lot, or hoof it from Alden Road above Orange Avenue or the Lake Virginia neighborhood. Better yet, ride your bike. This year there’s a bike valet parking service!

Social
Follow Fringe on Facebook and Twitter for late-breaking announcements, pictures, and dare we hope … gossip?

Tickets
Popular shows will sell out, and the box office lines can move slowly. Save yourself some hassle and buy online. Use Orlando Weekly’s reviews to plan your purchases – our critics are risking life and limb to see as many shows as possible. Find their reviews at blogs.orlandoweekly.com starting Sunday, May 12.

Visual Fringe
Greatly expanded this year. In the Alden Road warehouse, expect not just the usual gallery of local artists but also weekend art markets, food trucks and even an artist-created mini-golf range.

Weather
Don’t forget: hat, sunscreen, umbrella. If you don’t score a seat in the shade, prepare to bake while sipping your beer on the lawn. And until the sun falls out of the sky, there will be afternoon rain showers in Central Florida.

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