San Francisco Fringe Festival 2019: Enjoy Indie Productions at the EXIT Theater

The San Francisco Fringe Festival is the largest grassroots theater festival in SF. It's held every September and offers dozens of unique performances.

The 2019 festival will be held from September 5 through 14, and will consist of more than 100 performances by more than 20 indie theater companies.

Seats in the theater before the SF Fringe Festival.

All shows will present at the EXIT Theatreplex in downtown San Francisco, which contains of three intimate venues that seat between 36 and 80 people each.

This independent festival thrives on making their shows open to as many people as possible. This is why tickets for all shows cost no more than $12 (or $14.99 online in advance).

If you love the theater, but are looking for something more local or a little different, then I highly recommend checking out some of these shows.

Click here to see this year's schedule and get tickets.

Tips to Get the to EXIT Theatre

The EXIT Theater is in SF's Tenderloin District at 156 Eddy Street. It's close to Union Square and Market Street, which gives you plenty of options for public transit.

BART: The EXIT Theatre is less than two blocks from the Powell Street BART Station. This is the best option for those coming from the East Bay, the South Bay, or the Mission District.

Bus: Several Muni buses drop off near the Powell Street BART Station. Take the 6, 8, 9, 16, 21, 27, 30, 31, 45 or the 71.

Light Rail: You can also take any of the light rail trains to the Powell Street Station.

This maps shows the location of the theater in relationship to the Powell Street BART and Light Rail Station.

Map showing the Exit Theater from the Powell Street BART Station.

Hotel Recommendations

Are you looking for places to stay near the San Francisco Fringe Festival? The EXIT Theatre is steps from Union Square, so I recommend starting your search there. Click here to check out my recommendations in this district.

You can also start your search by checking out the great deals on There you can save on your room rate or get a free breakfast. Click here to check out their current deals in San Francisco and beyond.

Other Events this Month That You Might Enjoy

Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park: Another fun event this month is Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park. This free event is a thank-you from local comedians to their faithful fans. Find more details here.

SF Theater: All year round, you will find a variety of theater productions in San Francisco. The most popular are the large Broadway musicals like Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater. However, you can also enjoy small performances at intimate theaters all around town, including La Cage Aux Folles and Zenith at the SF Playhouse this month. Click here for this month's theater calendar.

SF Giants Baseball: September is the last full month of regular season games for the SF Giants. Stop by Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) to check them out and enjoy all the other fun activities in and around this area. Click here for their full September calendar.

Savings Tip: The best way to save money on all activities in San Francisco and the Bay Area is to buy your tickets through Goldstar. They offer tickets for up to 200 events at any given time. You will often find tickets for cruises around the SF Bay, theater performances, comedy shows, and more. Click here to check out their current selection of tickets.

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