Accessibility & Frequently Asked Questions

When does SkirtsAfire take place?

Our 10th anniversary festival will happen March 3-13, 2022 at various venues in Old Strathcona!

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 “Reimagine” our festival online and distanced as we did in 2021. Our current efforts include our own updated policies and procedures, the hiring of Infection Mitigation Coordinators, 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.

All our The Key of Me events at The Woodrack Cafe and Chianti Cafe will be following health and safety regulations set forth by Alberta Health Services for restaurants. 

SkirtsAfire and all our Venue Partners are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required at all our events. Questions? Please email anytime.

How do I get tickets?

Good question! All our tickets are available through Fringe Theatre here. Even pay-what-you-will shows require a ticket. Each event on our website has the direct ticket link as well and don’t forget about our Festival Passes!

All our The Key of Me events at The Woodrack Cafe and 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.

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

Army & Navy (ETS 4)

There is metered parking found all around the venue, with free parking found in the residential neighbourhoods a few blocks away.

The Woodrack Cafe (ETS 4, 8, 637, 701)

There is metered parking found all around the Cafe, and free parking found in the Walterdale Theatre parking lot* (*Subject to change, please obey the parking signs).

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).

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

There is a parking lot on the east side of the church and residential street parking found surrounding it as well. (*Subject to change, please obey the parking signs).

Do you allow latecomers?

Yes for most of our festival events. Latecomers to Ayita is currently to be determined.

Are there washrooms?

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

Are there gender neutral washrooms?

The Westbury Theatre, the Army & Navy, The Woodrack Cafe, and Holy Trinity Church will have gender-neutral washrooms. 

Are the venues accessible?

All our venues are wheelchair accessible. The Woodrack Cafe is only accessibly by ramp from the alley entrance. Holy Trinity Church has an elevator from the main entrance.

Do you give complimentary tickets for companions?

If you require an attendant, aide, or companion, they are still required to have a ticket. Please contact or call 780-409-1910 and we’ll book a ticket for the accompanying person at no extra cost.

Can men enjoy the events?

Funny enough, we get this question a lot! And we are always happy to answer it with a big YES! Being an arts organization that features women and non-binary artists and their stories, there is a misconception that our events are 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 jam-packed 10 days and see what amazing performances, exhibits, and events we have to offer.

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