Sept. 27–29, 2018
Downtown Austin


Festival Information

Scroll down for our most commonly asked questions. Contact us if you have a question not answered here.

Getting to the Festival

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

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

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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

Where is #TribFest18?

The Texas Tribune Festival will include the following venues in the historic Congress Avenue area of downtown Austin:

Where do I park? How should I get to the Festival?

Parking options in downtown Austin are limited and expensive, particularly on weekdays. We suggest using alternate forms of transportation when possible. Festival shuttles can help you move between venues. Here's a map of shuttle routes and Festival venues.

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.

On Saturday, we've secured several state parking lots and will have shuttles to bring you to Open Congress. Download the Saturday-only parking map.

I bought a festival badge or wristband. Where do I pick it up?

Please bring your Eventbrite confirmation email or a government-issued ID to the Festival Hub (800 Congress Avenue). In the Hub, you can redeem your festival credentials, pick up a program guide and find other helpful information about the the fest.

Registration Desk Hours:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27: 10 A.M. - 7 P.M.
  • Friday, Sept. 28: 7 A.M. - 6 P.M.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29: 7 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Will there be shuttles?

Once you arrive downtown, shuttle cars and buses will be traveling between venues and, our Saturday, the free parking garages. Here's a map of venues and shuttle stops.

What is the dress code?

The weather can be unpredictable in September, but it is usually warm and the Festival requires walking between venues. We suggest comfortable shoes and casual to business casual dress. Inside can be chilly, so a light layer is also advisable.

What items am I allowed, or not allowed, to bring?

This event is about civil discussions and coming together as a community of caring Texans. Bring questions and a willingness to participate in respectful conversations. Food and beverage will be available around the event and in the downtown area. More details here.

Be sure to grab your complimentary tote, provided by The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and The Hackett Center for Mental Health, when you pick up your badge. The Paramount Theatre will not allow large bags or backpacks, so use the clear plastic tote for your belongings.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Most venues for the event are indoors, and rain plans will be enabled for outdoor activities, but expect the event to proceed rain or shine.

In the event of thunderstorms on Saturday, Open Congress would have to evacuate while the storms pass. Register so we can email you updates or follow us on social media for updates (Facebook, Twitter).

Can I come and go? Is re-entry allowed?

Yes, you may come and go as you please.

Can I be a volunteer?

Yes, volunteers power the Festival! Details about the commitment and a link to sign up are available here.

Are passes refundable?

Passes are nonrefundable. You may transfer your unused registration to another person if you find out you can’t go. Contact us to make the change. If you have travel reservations, it is your responsibility to cancel or amend as needed.

Where can I request access assistance?

We strive to make the event accessible to all who are interested in participating. Please visit the Info Desk at 800 Congress to pick-up a wheelchair access map of Festival venues or discuss any other needs you have. Attendees can also download an accessibility map.

Limited livestream closed captioning will be available.

More about accessibility can be found here. If there is anything we can do in advance to help you access the Festival, please contact us as soon as possible.

What does the Festival benefit?

Ticket and pass sales, sponsorship and membership donations support The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more at

When should I arrive in Austin?

We recommend attending the whole event. Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, and there is a full day of free programming to kick off your #TribFest18. The opening keynote will begin at 7 p.m. at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. This year’s program includes two full days of programming on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, so plan to get started early on both days. Make your schedule here.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice.