The Texas Tribune Festival is a multi-day celebration of big, bold ideas about politics, public policy and the day’s news, headlined by names you already know alongside those you should. Each fall, TribFest engages, challenges and surprises you with thoughtful panel discussions, unexpected talent mashups, must-see interviews and provocative programming curated by the award-winning journalists at The Texas Tribune.
TribFest 2021 will offer a fully virtual experience. More than 170 speakers will join us for an inspiring lineup of 60+ powerful conversations — all available from the safety and comfort of your home or on the go.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will the Festival take place?
The 2021 Texas Tribune Festival will take place virtually Sept. 20-25.
Q: Why is TribFest now fully virtual?
Several months ago when we were envisioning this year’s Texas Tribune Festival, we were really excited about the prospect of having an in-person experience. Sadly, as we have seen firsthand through our newsroom’s coverage, the recent increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations has made being able to safely hold an in-person experience impossible.
Bringing hundreds of people together for an indoor gathering and flying in speakers from all over the country presents an unnecessary risk, especially when you consider that we have a tried and true virtual option readily available to us. Ultimately, our chief responsibility is the safety of our teams, our speakers and our attendees.
Nobody can say right now what the situation on the ground is going to look like in two, four or six weeks. What we do know is how important the discussions and debates that make up the Texas Tribune Festival every year are to moving the discourse in our city, state and country forward. Our speakers remain incredibly excited about participating at TribFest and we can’t wait to share with you more details about our in-depth week-long program.
Q: What tickets are available for the Festival?
Tickets to the 2021 Texas Tribune Festival include access to the best programming and events the Fest has to offer. Special discounts are available for students, educators and Texas Tribune members.
- General Admission Ticket ($199). Get access to provocative interviews, thoughtful discussions and talent mashups that promise to challenge and surprise you. Buy your ticket now and join us!
- Member Ticket ($149). Texas Tribune members get special access to discounts and exclusive TribFest content. If you’re not a member, it’s not too late! Become a member today to support the Tribune’s nonprofit newsroom and guarantee your best Festival experience for a lower price.
- Student Ticket ($49). We have a special student experience crafted just for high school, undergraduate, graduate and law students. Take advantage of our steep student discount and join us.
- Educator Ticket ($74). Teachers, thank you for what you do. Please join us at TribFest at a special discounted rate. Discount available to current teachers and educators.
Q: How can I register?
On the Tribune Festival website, click the BUY YOUR TICKET button, or go directly to the Festival registration page. Select the ticket type desired.
We offer discounts to Texas Tribune members, students and educators.
Additionally, a selection of Festival programming will be free and available for anyone to watch. More information on free public programming will be announced in the days and weeks prior to the event.
Q: How do I prove I’m a student or educator?
We offer discounts to current high school students, undergraduates, graduates and law students, as well as teachers and educators. To confirm registration, we require proof of your student or educator status, such as an institution-affiliated email address, a scanned copy of a student or teacher ID, or other proof of enrollment such as a transcript.
Register for your Festival student or educator ticket using your institution-affiliated email address, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your proof of school enrollment or employment status after you register.
Q: How do I prove I’m a Texas Tribune member?
The Tribune Festival offers discounts and exclusive content for Texas Tribune members. If you’re already a member, you can purchase the member ticket on our registration page by using the email address linked to your Tribune membership.
If you’re not a member, it’s not too late! Become one to support the Tribune’s nonprofit newsroom and guarantee your best Festival experience for a lower price.
Q: I no longer wish to attend TribFest. Are ticket refunds available?
Ticket refund requests were required to be submitted by August 20, 2021. We are no longer able to issue refunds. We hope you'll choose to take part in this year's Festival, and enjoy multiple virtual networking events, on-demand viewing, expanded programming topics and a diverse lineup of 170+ speakers.
Q: Who will be speaking at the Festival?
The full list of speakers announced to date can be found at festival.texastribune.org and includes George P. Bush, Amy Klobuchar, Yamiche Alcindor and Andy Roddick. TribFest speakers are made public on a rolling basis in the months and weeks leading up to the event. Sign up for the Festival newsletter to receive the latest speaker and programming announcements in your inbox.
Q: I am a Festival ticket-holder. Where can I watch Festival sessions and engage with other attendees?
This year’s TribFest platform is hosted by Hopin. Once you’ve purchased your ticket for the Festival, you will receive a confirmation email with the subject line CONFIRMED: Your 2021 Texas Tribune Festival Registration. You can only log in to the Festival once you’ve clicked the link that has been emailed to you. Once you’ve confirmed your registration, you’ll be able to access the Festival’s virtual lobby, where you’ll be able to watch Festival sessions and engage with other attendees from Sept. 20-25. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please reach out to email@example.com.
Q: How do I navigate the Festival’s virtual lobby?
The virtual lobby includes the TribFest program and will be the home base of this year’s Festival. From Sept. 20-25, you can visit different sections of the virtual venue using the left-hand navigation bar within the lobby. To watch a program, click the “Stages” icon within the navigation bar. If you’re a VIP, Executive, Member or Student ticket-holder, you can access and interact in exclusive conversations through the “Breakouts” icon. No matter your ticket type, you can engage in one-to-one networking via a direct video call through the “Networking” icon. You can also interact with Festival sponsors and explore content through the “TribFest Expo” icon.
Q: How do I network with other Festival attendees?
We’re excited to offer attendees the opportunity to engage in one-to-one networking with Festival attendees via a direct video call. To participate, tap on the “Networking” icon located on the left-hand side of the Festival’s virtual lobby. Afterward, click “Ready” and you will be randomly paired with another Festival attendee or speaker for three minutes. If you wish, you can exchange information with each other and keep in contact via direct message during the event. If you receive a new direct message, a red alert will appear on the bell icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. Click here to learn how to follow up with a connection after the Festival.
Q: What if I don't remember the password associated with my account?
If you do not remember your password, you are able to reset it prior to signing in to Hopin, the Festival’s platform. Click on “Forgot your password?” and enter the email address associated with your Hopin account. Afterward, you’ll receive instructions via email on how to reset your password and access the Festival’s virtual lobby.
Q: Will Festival sessions be available on demand?
Yes, all 60+ TribFest sessions will be available to watch after they stream until five days after the Festival on Sept. 30. Sessions will be available on the schedule found in the Festival's virtual lobby.
Q: What accommodations are being offered to make the Festival accessible to attendees with disabilities?
The Texas Tribune Festival is dedicated to building an event that’s welcoming and accessible to all. Closed captioning will be provided for all virtual events.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all accessibility requests, questions and concerns. We’re here to help.
Q: How can I become a sponsor or media partner for the Festival?
Our sponsors and media partners are an important part of The Texas Tribune Festival. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact April Hinkle at email@example.com.
For media inquiries or more information on media partnerships, please contact Natalie Choate firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries that come directly to our Festival team will be forwarded to our sponsorship and media teams.
Q: How can I get the latest updates for TribFest?
You can stay up to date on Festival news, programming announcements and speaker updates by bookmarking festival.texastribune.org or signing up for our Festival newsletter. If you're on Twitter, keep an eye on the #TribFest21 hashtag or follow us at @TexasTribune. We're on Facebook and Instagram, too.
Code of Conduct
We expect all Festival participants — attendees, speakers, sponsors and guests — to follow the Code of Conduct. This includes event-related appearances and social media. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
- Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
- Passionate conversations are part of solving problems. We ask that you keep conversations professional and respectful and consider others’ points of view. In short, don’t make it personal.
- Remember that the boundaries of good taste, humor, personal space and physical interaction differ from person to person. If you sense someone feels uncomfortable — whether they explicitly state it or not — be respectful of those boundaries.
- Refrain from overt political endorsements or political fundraising while participating in our online social events, related online communities and social media pages. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Fundraising on behalf of a political campaign or political action committee.
- Promoting or sharing promotional materials on behalf of a political campaign or political action committee.
- Sharing links, images, videos or other content owned by or created on behalf of a political campaign or political action committee.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing language and behavior. Inappropriate behavior may include, but is not limited to:
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise discriminatory jokes or language.
- Verbal intimidation or unwelcome, repeated direct communications online.
- Sustained disruption of talks or events.
- Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
- Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments/jokes and unwelcome sexual advances.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
If you see or experience something that is in violation of our policies, please email email@example.com. Notifying The Texas Tribune does not constitute or replace a notification to local law enforcement.