Every year, thousands of Fringers soak in the sights and sounds of Old Market Square, where festival-goers meet to shop, eat and enjoy the incredible acts on the Outdoor Stage.

Participating in the festival as a vendor is a fantastic way to gain exposure for your business. With the Fringe drawing 90,000 people to the outdoor site over 12 days, there are plenty of opportunities to engage festival-goers.

The festival has encouraged applications from merchant vendors that sell hand-crafted and/or unique products that are locally produced, as well as from food vendors whose menu items contribute to a diverse overall festival menu.


Festival-goers are happy to trade in their mall experience for an outdoor shopping spree at the merchant vendors' market, set against the historic backdrop of the Exchange District.  Fringers can be found at the outdoor vendor's market shopping between shows, and downtown workers often pop down to the Fringe outdooor site to grab lunch and peruse the great items on sale at the merchant vendor's market. 

The merchant vendors' market is a prime opportunity for artisans to show-case and sell their products.

For the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe Festival we are considering some changes to our merchant vendor area and more information will be available in April.

Questions please email


The food vendors' market is a frequent stop for Fringers wanting to grab a bite between shows, for those coming to Old Market Square to enjoy the outdoor entertainment, and for the downtown business crowd on their lunch hour.

The food vendors' market is a great way for food carts, trucks and for local resaurants to access over 90,000 hungry and thirsty Fringers.

The Fringe Festival will take the following into consideration when selecting vendors for the festival:

  • Quality of individual vendor's menu
  • A balanced and interesting overall festival menu
  • Price of menu items
  • Electricity and water requirements
  • Dimensions of individual vendor stalls
  • Appearance of vendor stalls
  • Demonstrated commitment to using environmentally friendly serving products
  • Experience with festivals and events
  • Previous history with the Winnipeg Fringe Festival

If you are interested in providing a food vendor cart, stall or truck please email