Back for its 25th year, the Midwest's biggest performing arts festival is expected to draw nearly 50,000 attendees to 132 shows, each no longer than an hour, at more than a dozen venues Aug. 2-12. Star Tribune reviewers will swarm the fest to see as many shows as they can stand, and tip readers to the good, the bad and the curious. New this year: a Family Fringe with six shows at Celtic Junction in St. Paul. Tickets are $5-$10 per show, $19-25 for a daylong pass, $220 for VIP all-access pass. Seats for some shows can be reserved for an extra $3 via

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