Accessibility & Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new COVID protocols?

SkirtsAfire continues to monitor public health measures and requirements and are continually planning and responding to news as information unfolds. The health and safety of our artists, staff, and patrons is our top priority. We are moving ahead with plans for an in-person festival, however, SkirtsAfire has multiple options in place should we be required to move online. Our current efforts include our own updated policies and procedures, the hiring of an Infection Mitigation Consultant and an Infection Mitigation Coordinator, plus working closely with our venues to ensure we have procedures in place to promote the highest of safety. Please keep an eye on our website, in our newsletter, and on our social media for up-to-date information as we get closer to the festival.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Fringe Theatre as our main venue again this year, who are taking extensive steps to ensure our patrons, artists, volunteers and staff are safe and comfortable. You can find everything you need to know about their procedures and your arrival right here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Fringe Theatre at

All our The Key of Me events at Chianti Cafe will be following health and safety regulations set forth by Alberta Health Services for restaurants. In the event that dine-in service is suspended due to lockdown, we will be unable to host our Key of Me events and will update the schedule accordingly. If you have any questions, please email

How do I get tickets?

Good question! All our tickets are available through Fringe Theatre here. Each event on our website has the direct ticket link as well! Tickets are available now for Makings of a Voice by Dana Wylie by clicking here and for Body of Words by clicking here.

All our The Key of Me events at Chianti Cafe are by donation at the door! Please reserve your spot in advance by calling Chianti at 780.439.9829 whenever possible so we can prepare seating arrangements. There is a limit of 6 people per table.

Keep an eye on our Festival Schedule as we announce more 2021 shows over the coming months!

How do I pay?

At the festival, we accept credit, debit, and cash, though contactless is preferred. Due to COVID and limited seating, we highly recommend booking your tickets in advance as opposed to getting them at the door and if you have any issues, please email

Where do I park?

Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns (ETS Bus Routes 4, 7, 52, 57, 94, and 327 stop along Whyte Avenue close to the ATB Financial Arts Barns.)

Year-round metered parking and lots are readily available throughout Old Strathcona. These are the three closest paid parking lots:

East of the ATB Financial Arts Barns [in the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market parking lot] West of the Fringe site on 83 Avenue and 104 Street
Southwest on 81 Avenue and 105 Street

Chianti Cafe (ETS 4, 7, 54, 94, 318)

There is metered parking found all around the Cafe, and free 2 hour parking found on 81 Ave between 105 Street and 106 Street* (*Subject to change, please obey the parking signs).

Do you allow latecomers?

This answer varies for each event, and our front of house staff may not be able to let you in due to the disruption to the performances. The building and theatre doors will open 30-minutes before the performance start time unless otherwise communicated (be sure to check your ticket confirmation email before arriving at the venue!).

Are there washrooms?

Yes. Every venue at the festival has washrooms available for our patrons.

Are the venues accessible?

All our venues are wheelchair accessible. The Westbury Theatre will have gender-neutral washrooms. 

Do you give complimentary tickets for companions?

We are pleased to offer companions of people with disabilities complimentary tickets to all our ticketed events at the Westbury Theatre. To book yours, please email Fringe Theatre at All events at Chianti Cafe are by donation at the door. 

Can men come to the festival?

Funny enough, we get this question a lot! And we are always happy to answer it with a big YES! Being an arts festival that features women-identifying and non-binary artists and their stories, there is a misconception that our festival is only for these folx. But we want to challenge the idea that art by women is art for only women. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy our festival and see what amazing performances, exhibits, and workshops we have to offer.

More questions? Keep them coming! Email anytime. We’d love to hear from you.