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 attendees a hybrid experience: The majority of programming will be presented virtually, ready to be enjoyed from your living room, and a generous portion of programming will include in-person experiences — perfect for attendees in Austin to enjoy. We truly have something for everyone.
Browse frequently asked questions below and sign up for updates to start planning your Festival experience. Something else we can help with? Email us at email@example.com.
Q: When will the Festival take place?
The 2021 Texas Tribune Festival will take place Sept. 20-25, with a hybrid offering of programming to take place both virtually and in person in Austin. You’ll have the flexibility to enjoy sessions from your living room or also join us in Austin for the in-person experience you’re craving.
Q: What does a hybrid Tribune Festival look like?
Here’s what you can expect from September 20-25, the six amazing days when we’ll be gathering some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy.
Sept. 20-23: The first four days, the Festival will take place virtually. All programs will be livestreamed during their allotted time slot and available for an additional period on demand.
Sept. 24-25: The last two days will take place in person — in downtown Austin — with 30+ sessions scattered among multiple venues. All in-person events will also be livestreamed and available afterward on-demand.
A full schedule to be released in mid-August will detail the TribFest programming you can look forward to. In the meantime, you can learn more in our latest announcement. Be sure to sign up for the Festival newsletter to receive the latest programming announcements in your inbox.
Q: What will the Festival schedule look like?
We’re hard at work building the best Texas Tribune Festival program to date. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Programming from early morning to evening each day of the Festival (Sept. 20-25)
Virtual programming from Sept. 20-23, with all programs livestreamed and available on demand
In-person programming in downtown Austin from Sept. 24-25, with 30+ sessions scattered among multiple venues
Complete virtual access to all in-person events as they are streamed and available on demand
A stacked speaker lineup and unexpected panel mashups
Unlikely one-on-one interviews and a spectrum of nuanced discussions
The flexibility of a hybrid schedule with both virtual and in-person events
Programming that looks ahead to what’s next in politics, policy and beyond
Sign up for the Festival newsletter to receive the latest speaker and programming announcements in your inbox. The final program will be announced in mid-August.
Q: What is the distribution of virtual versus in person sessions?
Our Festival team is hard at work planning a robust mix of virtual, in-person, and hybrid sessions. You can attend the Festival virtually, but if you live in the area or are planning on visiting the week of the Festival, you will have access to in-person events in downtown Austin.
Here’s what you can expect from September 20-25, the six amazing days when we'll be gathering some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy.
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 TICKETS 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: Can I purchase Festival tickets for multiple people?
Yes. Our registration platform allows for a maximum of 20 total tickets to be purchased per transaction. If you are buying tickets for coworkers, friends, or family, there are a few steps to take to make sure they each get their ticket and can easily attend the Festival:
First, you’ll purchase the ticket types that you need, and in the necessary amounts (e.g., three general admission tickets and two educator tickets).
Next, at checkout, you’ll enter your name and email address in the contact information fields. After you complete the transaction, you will receive an email at the address you provided that invites you to manage and assign the tickets you purchased. Click “manage tickets” at the bottom of this email.
You will be taken to a page that lists out each of your purchased tickets, and that shows an “invite” button to the right of each ticket. Click each “invite” button and enter the name and email address of the person who should receive the ticket.
You will need to also “invite” yourself if you intend to use one of the tickets. Each contact entered on this page will receive individual emails with their access to the festival.
By completing this process, each ticket holder will receive a “magic link,” which will provide them with direct access to the Festival’s virtual lobby. For assistance purchasing in bulk, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 beginning 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: Who will be speaking at the Festival?
The full list of speakers announced to date can be found at festival.texastribune.org and include 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: Where are the in-person sessions taking place?
In-person sessions will take place in downtown Austin from Sept. 24-25 across multiple venues. In-person events will also be livestreamed and available afterward on demand. Detailed venue information is coming soon as we finalize our 2021 program, which will be released in mid-August. Sign up for the Festival newsletter to receive updates. Ticket holders will automatically receive detailed Festival information via email.
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: Can I volunteer at the festival this year?
Thank you for asking. Due to the limited number of in-person events and the hybrid nature of this year’s TribFest, we won’t be sourcing volunteers this year. We are so thankful to the volunteers who have powered previous years’ events. One of the popular benefits of volunteering with TribFest is discounted registration. While we won’t have volunteers this year, we are offering special discounts available for educators, students and members. Additionally, a portion of the Festival program will be free. We hope you will join us.
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 at 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.