Information for Fringe Performers

 One of the most exciting components of each Berkeley Festival is the Fringe—a series of self-produced concerts by individuals and ensembles from around the world. The Fringe offers a perfect opportunity for your ensemble to showcase its unique talents to a large and appreciative audience.

Fringe Registration

After reading the information below, you may register your show as part of the 2020 BFX Fringe by filling out the online
Fringe Registration Form.

Pay SFEMS online or send a check to SFEMS, P.O. Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709.

Questions? Email

Determining a date and time

Fringe concerts can take place at any time during the dates of Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, June 14. However, to maximize attendance at both main stage and Fringe events, any Fringe concerts that take place during the primary main stage event times will not be publicized by SFEMS. To maximize publicity and attendance for your event, please avoid scheduling an event during any part of the following “blackout” times:

—Sunday, June 7:  6:30 – 9:30 pm
—Monday, June 8: 6:30 – 9:00 pm (Berkeley); 6:30 – 11:30 pm (San Francisco)
—Tuesday, June 9:  3:30 – 5:30 pm; 6:30 – 9:00 pm (Berkeley); 6:30 – 11:30 pm (San Francisco)
—Wednesday, June 10: 3:30 – 5:30 pm; 6:30 – 9:00 pm
—Thursday, June 11: 3:30 – 5:30 pm; 6:30 – 9:00 pm
—Friday, June 12: 3:30 – 5:30 pm; 6:30 – 11:30 pm
—Saturday, June 13: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 3:30 – 5:30 pm; 6:30 – 11:30 pm
—Sunday, June 14: 3:30 – 6pm

Note that BFX does not officially start until Sunday, June 7, but the preceding day is available for Fringe concerts. Also, we draw your attention to the possibility of scheduling a late-night concert (e.g., a 10:00 pm start time). There are four late-night main stage concerts this year: Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco, Friday and Saturday in Berkeley. Late-night concerts are allowed in Berkeley on Monday and Tuesday.

Concert Venues

The Berkeley area offers many fine locations for Fringe performances, some within walking distance of the main BFX venues and some a short drive away. SFEMS provides a suggested venue list for Fringe performers. These venues are suggestions only and are not endorsed in any way by SFEMS. Please contact the venue directly to reserve your time and make payment arrangements.

Note that some venues will require that any organizations renting their facilities must have non-profit status and/or must provide their own event insurance. If your organization is not a SFEMS affiliate, be sure to ask about such requirements when contacting the venues. SFEMS affiliates can rely upon SFEMS’ non-profit status, and may also request an insurance certificate with sufficient notice and payment of the affiliate insurance fee

Special note regarding Loper Chapel: Loper Chapel at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (FCC) is a popular venue for Fringe events. However, Loper Chapel is available this year only on a very limited basis (due to the 2016 fire, FCC is short on space for their own activities), and the church will not accept direct bookings. A limited number of weeknight and weekend slots are available through SFEMS for SFEMS-sponsored and SFEMS affiliate events only. For interest in Loper Chapel, please contact SFEMS directly at

Publicity Services

SFEMS, as producer of the 2020 Berkeley Festival, offers a range of services for individuals and groups wishing to present Fringe events. The services are optional and are available to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Standard Publicity Services (free to all registrants):

—Listing on the online Fringe Concert Calendar

Premium Publicity Services:

$100 through April 6 ($60 for SFEMS affiliate organizations); $150 April 7 – April 30 ($100 for SFEMS affiliate organizations).
—Listing in the print Festival Program Booklet
—Listing in a Fringe Publicity Flyer to be posted throughout the area and available at Festival events
—Listing in press releases and public service announcements regarding the Fringe
—Expanded listing with photo in the online Fringe Concert Calendar
—Expanded page for your event linked from the BFX 2020 Fringe Calendar, including performers’ bios, additional photos, etc.
—Online link to PDFs of full program, program notes, and any other information provided.

Please note that concert and program information received after April 30, 2020 cannot be included in the Festival Program Booklet, Fringe publicity flyer, or press releases.

Go to the online Fringe Registration Form.

Pay SFEMS online or send a check to SFEMS, P.O. Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709.

Questions? Email