Since its founding in 2005, the Capital Fringe Festival has grown each year, and currently offers no fewer than 125 productions over a three-week period in July. Local and national performers display the strange, the political, the surreal, and the avant-garde to eclectic crowds at all times of the day in venues throughout the city. With tickets around $17, this is an affordable theater experience, but don't forget your Fringe Button. Just beware, not all of the theaters
have air-conditioning and Washington can be torrid in mid-summer.