By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 15, 2021 at 6:56 PM

The show must go on – at least that's the case for the Milwaukee Fringe Festival, which will return this summer to the Downtown stage (as well as your computer screen) for a part-live/part-virtual 2021 edition this August. 

The beloved art showcase – featuring performers and creatives from the worlds of theater, visual arts, music, dance, performance art and beyond – will return to the Peck Pavilion stage as well as other outside spaces around the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Aug. 28. However, the festival will also include a virtual component to this year's edition, hosting pre-recorded performances on its website throughout the month of August as well. 

Started in 2016 with the help of Wisconsin native and Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival had to cancel its 2020 edition, originally scheduled for Aug. 21-23 last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But now, like several local festivals, it's back on the marquee for summer 2021. For information on how to submit your work for the festival, or more information on the Milwaukee Fringe Festival in general, visit the event's website

For more updates on the rest of the Milwaukee summer festival season, check out this guide to what's happening in 2021 and what's pushed back to 2022. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.