Chicago Comedy and Theater Festivals

Scroll through the festival list or click on a link below to go directly to the month you plan to attend a festival.

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If you are aware of a Chicago comedy or theater festival that has not been included on this page, please send the festival's information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).

Visit the following pages to find more festivals:



January



College Improv Tournament, November 3, 2018–mid-March 2019 • Registration is $15 per player.

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, January 10–20, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, January 17–27, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details). Visit the Festival Neighborhood Tour page for information about FREE performances.
This is a biennial festival.

Fillet of Solo Festival, January 18–February 2, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Rhinoceros Theater Festival, January 18–February 24, 2019 • Tickets are $15 or pay what you can. Tickets are $12 in advance online.



February



College Improv Tournament, November 3, 2018–mid-March 2019 • Registration is $15 per player.

Fillet of Solo Festival, January 18–February 2, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Rhinoceros Theater Festival, January 18–February 24, 2019 • Tickets are $15 or pay what you can. Tickets are $12 in advance online.

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, February 4–24, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Chicago Theatre Week, February 7–17, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



March



College Improv Tournament, November 3, 2018–mid-March 2019 • Registration is $15 per player.



April



Are you are aware of a Chicago comedy or theater festival in April? Please send the festival's information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).



May



Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, May 17–20, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

the ONION Comedy and Arts Festival, May 30–June 3, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Physical Festival Chicago, May 31–June 8, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



June



the ONION Comedy and Arts Festival, May 30–June 3, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Physical Festival Chicago, May 31–June 8, 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Break Out Comedy Festival, June 7–9, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



July



Are you are aware of a Chicago comedy or theater festival in July? Please send the festival's information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).



August



IGNITION Festival of New Plays, August 3–5, 2018* • Admission is free!

Bentwood Comedy Festival, August 10–19, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Chicago Women's Funny Festival, August 23–26, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Chicago Fringe Festival, August 30–September 3, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



September



Chicago Fringe Festival, August 30–September 3, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, September 20–November 4, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



October



Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, September 20–November 4, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

New World Play Festival, October 11–27, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



November



Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, September 20–November 4, 2018* • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).

College Improv Tournament, November 3, 2018–mid-March 2019 • Registration is $15 per player.

Paragon: A Sci-Fi + Fantasy Play Festival, Fall 2019 • Admission varies (visit festival website for details).



December



College Improv Tournament, November 3, 2018–mid-March 2019 • Registration is $15 per player.


*Festivals that have not been updated with information for 2019 will be updated when festival organizers announce the information for 2019.