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Lucky you! March and April are the perfect months to be in Melbourne to attend one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world!
There are hundreds of shows featuring local favourites and comedians from all around the world! Ticket prices average at $35, plus there’s heaps of FREE family entertainment.
To complete your escape, you can enjoy Melbourne's famous food and drink, fashion and arts scenes, while sumptuous wineries and beautiful beaches are just a day trip away. We’ve put together a handy guide below along with exclusive offers to help you get the most out of Melbourne.
With hundreds of awesome local and international artists descending on Melbourne, booking in a few key shows is a great start! A special event or line-up show such as Great Debate, Upfront or the late night Festival Club will give you a taster.
New shows are going on sale every week, so keep an eye on the website and socials for updates. You can also visit our YouTube channel to get a preview taster or find a new favourite artist. Don’t stop at one show… there are so many laughs to be had!
ACCOMMODATION OFFERS FOR FESTIVAL GOERS.
You’ll need a place to lay your head between all this fun and laughter. Lucky for you we’ve got some fabulous accommodation sponsors with luxurious, convenient and affordable places just waiting to host you!
All offers are available throughout the Festival period (29 March-23 April 2023 inclusive) excluding the Formula 1 Grand Prix dates (30 March-2 April inclusive).
Coffee. Food. Cocktails. More Coffee. A Melbourne escape isn’t complete without delicious food and drink discoveries! We work with a range of awesome drinking and dining partners – they’re close to Festival venues and offer exclusive specials for those with a Festival ticket. Check them all out here!
CRUISE AROUND TOWN.
Driving to see a show? Let our friends at Secure Parking take the hassle out of finding a park with their amazing $9 deal (plus booking fee) for Melbourne International Comedy Festival patrons. For $9 parking (plus booking fee) during the festival, add Promotional Code MICF2023 when you book Night & Weekend Parking.
Check out these locations on our parking map here.
Let someone else do the driving and use public transport! The PTV Journey Planner, available on the PTV App or on ptv.vic.gov.au, will help you get to the Festival on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. The V/Line is your link to the city from regional Victoria, for more information visit vline.com.au or call 1800 800 007.
You’ll need a myki card to travel on public transport – it’s your reusable travel card for trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and regional Victorian centres. Top up before your journey, and don’t forget to touch on and off as you travel! The PTV website has more information.
The Festival goes on till late and the Night Network provides all-night services every Friday and Saturday on metropolitan trains, trams, buses and regional coaches. You can catch a late show, head to the Festival Club and still get home!
SOAK UP THE CITY.
There’s so much to explore in Melbourne, so be sure to pair your laughs with lots of other activities! Arts, film, fashion, sport, food, wine, nature and more – the options are endless so get planning! Click here to search for everything that's happening in Melbourne. But be warned... one trip won’t be enough!
Beyond Melbourne, Victoria offers some of Australia's most beautiful and diverse landscapes, all within easy reach. Discover spectacular coastlines, wildlife reserves, award-winning wineries, surf beaches, rainforests, coastal villages, rejuvenating hot mineral springs, and spectacular alpine scenery… all just a few hours' drive from the city. Head to Visit Victoria to discover more!
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