March and April is the perfect time to be in Melbourne. It's the time of year when locals stay in the city after work more than usual, when our interstate and international friends join us and the streets come alive as comedy plasters the city from end to end. 

There are many reasons to visit Melbourne during one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. You'll enjoy a wonderful array of choice with hundreds of shows, ticket prices averaging at $30 and free family entertainment at Fed Square. To complete your escape there's Melbourne's infamous fashion, coffee and art scene and easy day trips to sumptuous wineries and beautiful beaches. You're sure to leave with a belly full of delicious food, loads of laughs and a lifetime of memories!


The best local and international comedy acts will converge on the city for four weeks. Check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival YouTube channel for some inspiration! The full 2019 program will launch in Feburary, but in the mean time you can browse 2018 shows to get a feel for what might be to come. If you're overwhelmed by choice – book yourself into a special event that will give you a taster!


Beat the queues and book online at! If you prefer phone; booking agents vary for each show so check individual show listings for booking details.  2019 shows will start to go on sale towards the end of the year.


Looking for a place to rest between the laughs? Why not stay with one of the Festival's fabulous sponsors?!

A few steps from the Festival Hub at Melbourne Town Hall, a room in the luxurious Westin Melbourne, 205 Collins Street, will put you right in the action whilst being able to enjoy their 5-star service and amenities. 

For some stylish apartment living, adjacent to the Melbourne Town Hall, head to Collins Hotel Apartments at 182 Collins Street (next to the Athaneum Theatre).

We're delighted to work with the Mantra Group who offer special deals to all Festival guests when you book online for the Festival dates. Check back soon for details of the 2019 offers! The Mantra Group provide top-notch accomodation at various convenient locations around the city and byeond:

  • Mantra on Russell
  • Mantra on The Park
  • Mantra 100 Exhibition
  • Mantra Little Bourke
  • Peppers Docklands
  • Mantra Southbank
  • Mantra St Kilda Road

For an affordable alternative with all the accommodation essentials we recommend Travelodge, with convenient locations in Southbank (near the Melbourne Arts Centre) and Docklands.


Driving in to see a show? Our friends at Secure Parking offer amazing deals on Weekend and Evening Parking for Comedy Festival patrons for valid car parks. The offer can be redeemd for the following car parks:

  • 12-20 Flinders Lane Car Park
  • 15 William Street Car Park
  • 300 Flinders Street Car Park
  • 376 Flinders Street Car Park
  • 460 Lonsdale Street Car Park
  • 522 Flinders Lane Car Park
  • 59 Lonsdale Street Car Park
  • Merritts Place Car Park
  • Southern Cross Car Park
  • The Mint Car Park
  • The Strand Car Park

Why not put up your feet and let someone else do the driving? The PTV Journey Planner - available on the PTV App or at, will help you get to the Festival on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and V/Line will move you from regional Victoria, for more information visit or call 1800 800 007.

The Festival is open late and public transport is too. The one-year Night Network trial includes all night public transport on weekends with all night metropolitan trains, trams, late night buses and a 2am coach service to key regional centres – so you can catch the late show and still get PT home!


What Melbourne escape would be complete without a tasty food discovery? Click here to check out our favourites bars and restaurants, close to loads of Festival venues, with many offering exclusive specials for those with a Comedy Festival ticket.


Pair your laughs with other fun Melbourne activities.

Melbourne is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that thrives on sport, cultural experiences and festivals - playing host to events all year round, with themes ranging from arts and film, to fashion, comedy, food and wine.

Click here to search for everything that's happening in Melbourne — you might discover a new favourite Mexican restaurant to try in between your shows!

For the visitor who seeks adventures further afield:

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 just a few hours' drive from the city. Head to to discover more!