1. It’s an unjuried fringe festival, so anyone can pay the entry fees and put on a show. Which means you might need to invest a few minutes reading show descriptions in the Rogue program (which you can download as a PDF on the Rogue’s website, www.roguefestival.com) to get a feel for what appeals to you. If you’re a first-timer, it might be wise to pick a few shows put on by acclaimed returning Rogue veterans and balance them with shows from newcomers.
2. Once you’re there, talk to other audience members in line. Ask them what they’ve seen and liked. If you see a good show, spread the word about it.
3. Shows are $5-$10. This year there are some big changes involving ticketing. For the first time, online ticketing using your credit card is available via the Rogue’s website. Half the seats at a show will be reserved for online sales. The other half will be available for walk-up purchases. Tickets can be purchased at the door with both credit cards and cash — there are no more of those pesky “Rogue Bucks,” the scrip that you had to buy in years past.
4. Another big change: You need a Rogue Bracelet this year to attend any show. It’s a $3 one-time purchase that can be used for the duration of the festival. Proceeds go to festival expenses. All ticket money goes directly to the performers.
5. The Rogue Festival kicked off Thursday, Feb. 26, and continues with performances every day through Saturday, March 7. . Consider catching some shows the first weekend, when traffic tends to be lighter and the big hits of the festival aren’t yet known.