Festival History

What Is Rogue Festival?

Rogue Festival celebrates the independent performer and artist by providing the opportunity to showcase works in a friendly, affordable, and creative setting. Presented in a fringe festival style format, the Festival includes theatre, dance, spoken-word, music, performance art, puppetry and more for Central Valley audiences over 10 days.

How Did It All Start?

Rogue Festival was the brainchild of Marcel Nunis. The first Festival was located at Fresno’s Sanctuary Youth Center. It had two venues - “The Stage” in the theatre section (Mainstage) and a “Performance Area” in the cafeteria (Cafe). There were 19 different groups performing 47 shows over six days in a two-week period.

In 2003, circumstances forced Marce to move The Festival to The Tower District (Fresno’s arts center). Two integral venues welcomed them and the Rogue Festival has remained in The Tower District ever since.

And Then What Happened?

Over the years, Rogue Festival has grown to have more than 70 performers and more than 300 performances each year, selling around 10,000 tickets over two weekends. All of the shows are hosted by up to 10 Rogue venues including four to five “Off-Rogue” venues (formerly called the “Bring Your Own Venue”).

Rogue Festival has been and continues to be run by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers. From the Production Team to a first-timer taking tickets in front of a venue, more than 150 volunteers help to bring The Festival to Fresno.

Anything Else You Should Know?

How about this - ALL of the ticket money from the door goes to EACH performer/performing group. Rogue Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Okay - One Last Thing. Our Mission.

Rogue Festival is an annual, non-juried performance and visual arts festival held in Fresno’s Historic Tower District and surrounding areas. The Festival aspires to bring emerging and established artists to audiences with works that are imaginative, innovative, and enriching. Rogue Festival strives to foster stronger relationships in the community by joining local businesses, audiences, and performers to share this gift of human creativity.