I’ve been getting to about 10 shows each year. I tend to like the comedy & circus ones the most.
DO IT CHEAP
I don’t see any point in paying full price if I can do the same things for cheaper or free 🙂
I’d save hundreds each year using a couple of simple thrifty tricks. Reach out to me if you know of something else!
Here’s a few ways to do do this:
- HalfTIX – half price tickets for shows that night – this is how I get most of my tickets – see below
- Promotix – get 2 or 4 tickets for about $5 – see below
- Fringe Membership – includes 25% off some shows and free entry to the 2 members nights where some of the artists have 10-15 minute shows and you can win tickets
- Other free tickets – we scored some tickets off the radio & standing in the line talking to staff
Half-price tickets are sold officially through the Adelaide Fringe website. This is supposedly for the shows that haven’t sold out, but I’ve found that most of the shows I want to see come up at least once during the Fringe. The main drawback is that you have to book on the same day for that night.
You can sign up to get their daily emails, but here’s what works for me:
- Tickets go on sale midday to 3pm for that night’s shows (or shows before 3pm the following day)
- You can see the list of shows at halftix.tsimop.com from around 10am(that short link will take you to https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix?ticket_types%5B%5D=HalfTIX&view=Events )
- When you click on the event, between 12-3pm it’ll show HalfTix as a ticket type for that night’s event. Add to cart & buy!
- Each day there are usually over 100 shows, see example below from the last day of Fringe 18/3/18.
I discovered this on OzBargain near the end of Fringe 2018, but I haven’t used it yet.
- “Standard” membership is free – you just sign up to their mailing list.
- “VIP” membership is $35 a year – I’d probably sign up if it was cheaper to get membership & tickets to a show I wanted instead of paying full price for that particular show. [27/3/18 it’s free for a year with code FREEVIP – deal on OzBargain – sign up now!]
- Some tickets are only available to VIP members. They mostly seem to be “free”, with a booking fee of $4 to $8 for 2 to 4 tickets (fee is per order & not per ticket)
Below are some screenshots of the tickets on the site (last day of Fringe 18/3/18), what it looks like for VIP member tickets & Standard member tickets.
Adelaide Fringe Members Night
I had a free TREV membership a few years back, but they discontinued that and it’s now $19.95 per year to be a fringe member. In 2018, they opened up the members nights to past members, giving them 3 tickets. Below is a copy of the invite and a program from the Members Night we attended Tuesday 13th March 2018.