Sept. 27-29, 2018

Downtown Austin

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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us in downtown Austin for three days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. We are excited to announce more than 300 leading figures in politics, public policy and journalism who will join thousands of Texans to discuss big-picture solutions to the most pressing policy issues facing our state and our nation.

We invite you to join us!

Introducing Open Congress at #TribFest18

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. No Festival badge required!

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Speaker Highlights

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

John Kerry

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Yamiche Alcindor

PBS NewsHour

Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House Democratic Leader

Will Hurd

U.S. Representative, R-Helotes

Alex Wagner

Showtime's "The Circus"

Beto O'Rourke

Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner

Jeff Flake

U.S. Senator, R-Arizona

Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Justice

DeRay McKesson

Civil Rights Activist

Getting to the Festival

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

Parking & Transit

Our friends at the Downtown Austin Alliance have a helpful interactive map to help you locate public parking and transit options on Thursday and Friday of the Festival. As those are working days, expect parking to be at a premium and possibly difficult to find. We suggest rideshare, bus or biking options if possible.

Interactive Map

Official Rideshare Partner

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Lyft will be providing a discount code to use during the Festival. Download the app in advance at

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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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Festival Crowd

The full program is now available. Download the #TribFest18 app and start making your schedule.

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