Sept. 27-29, 2018

Downtown Austin

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Over 300 speakers — and thousands of attendees — descended on downtown Austin for the three-day Texas Tribune Festival examining politics and policy issues facing Texas and the United States.

See highlights from the three-day festival and watch live-streams of some of the weekend’s most noteworthy conversations.

Open Congress at #TribFest18 is free and open to all

Join thousands of Texans, your favorite media brands and community partners for Open Congress, a politics, news and community festival taking place between 8th and 11th streets along Austin’s iconic Congress Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 29. We invite you to three public tents of programming, lively conversations and big-thinking debates with speakers you’ll recognize from Texas and beyond. Download the program and parking map. No Festival badge required!

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Festival Crowd

The full program is available. Download the #TribFest18 app on iPhone or Android, or use our mobile-friendly site to plan your schedule.

Check out the schedule

Getting to the Festival

Parking options in downtown Austin are limited and expensive. We suggest using alternate forms of transportation when possible.

Parking & Transit

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Use Downtown Austin Alliance's interactive map to help you locate public parking and transit options. Expect parking to be difficult to find Thursday and Friday. Consider rideshare, bus or bike options if possible.

Interactive Map

Official Rideshare Partner

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Use discount code TRIBFEST18 for 10% off 2 rides from our partner Lyft. Download the app in advance at

Download the app

Speaker Highlights

We invite you to listen and learn from leading figures in politics and public policy. Explore our incredible roster of 2018 speakers.

Volunteer Shifts Still Available

The Festival relies on volunteers eager to assist with registration, panels, parties and more. Sign up for a short shift and earn a Festival day pass and credit toward your Texas Tribune membership.

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