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30+ International Theatre Festivals Around the World

Every country has its own special way of doing theatre, from cool interactive shows to traditional plays. Check out this awesome list of international theatre festivals that you might want to visit someday! The festivals are listed by the month they start in, even if they go into the next month.

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Nebraska State Thespian Festival

Location: Nebraska, USA

Next Dates: TBD

Short + Sweet Festival

Location: Sydney, Australia

Next Dates: TBD

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Next Dates: January 15-26, 2025


Adelaide Festival

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Next Dates: February 28-March 16, 2025

International Theatre Festival of Kerala

Location: Kerala, India

Next Dates: TBD

A Pinch of VAULT Festival

Location: London

Next Dates: TBD


Colorado New Play Summit

Location: Colorado, USA

Next Dates: March 1-2, 2025

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

Location: Los Angeles, California

Next Dates: TBD


Fertile Ground Festival

Location: Portland, Oregon

Next Dates: TBD

Maas International Theater Festival

Location: Lahore, Pakistan

Next Dates: TBD


San Francisco International Arts Festival

Location: San Francisco, California

Next Dates: May 1-12, 2024

Pacific Playwrights Festival

Location: Costa Mesa, California

Next Dates: May 3-5, 2024


Location: Brussels, Belgium

Next Dates: May 10-June 1, 2024

Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival

Location: Orlando, Florida

Next Dates: May 14-27, 2024


Festival Theaterformen

Location: Braunschweig, Germany

Next Dates: June 13 – 23, 2024

RVK Fringe Festival

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Next Dates: June 17 – 23, 2024

Boston New Works Festival

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Next Dates: June 20-23, 2024

National Arts Festival

Location: South Africa

Next Dates: June 20-30, 2024

Sibiu International Theater Festival

Location: Sibiu, Romania

Next Dates: June 21-30, 2024

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

Location: Hawaii

Next Dates: June 23 – July  23, 2024

Avignon Festival

Location: Avignon, France

Next Dates: June 29 – July 21st, 2024

International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama

Location: Cyprus

Next Dates: June-August, 2024


Bregenzer Fest Spiele

Location: Bregenz, Austria

Next Dates: July, 2024

Toronto Fringe Festival

Location: Toronto, Canada

Next Dates: July 3-14, 2024

Contemporary American Theater Festival

Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Next Dates: TBD


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Next Dates: August 2 – 26, 2024

Brisk Festival

Location: Santa Monica, California

Next Dates: August 8 – September 8, 2024

Theater Spektakel

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Next Dates: August 15 – September 1, 2024

Stockholm Fringe

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Next Dates: August 26 – September 1, 2024

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Next Dates: August 30 – September 1, 2024

Gothenburg Fringe Festival

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Next Dates: August 30 – September 8, 2024


Amsterdam Fringe Festival

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Next Dates: September 5-15, 2024


Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Next Dates: September 6-10, 2024

Dublin Fringe Festival

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Next Dates: September 7-22, 2024

International Festival of Children’s Theatres

Location: Subotica, Serbia

Next Dates: September 22-27, 2024

Guwahati Theatre Festival

Location: Guwahata, India

Next Dates: TBD


Puppet Theater Festival

Location: Munich, Germany

Next Dates: October 16-27, 2024

Liverpool International Theatre Festival

Location: Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Next Dates: October 17-20, 2024

Festival of New Musicals

Location: NYC

Next Dates: October 24-25, 2024


International Theatre Festival

Location: Potsdam, Germany

Next Dates: November 5-9, 2024

Jonge Harten Theatre Festival

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands

Next Dates: November 15 – 23, 2024


IAPAR International Theatre Festival

Location: Pune, India

Next Dates: TBD

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Stacy Karyn, Author of International Theatre Festivals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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