Sept. 27–29, 2018
Downtown Austin


Festival Information

Badge pick-up and pre-Festival programming will begin on Thursday, Sept. 27. The opening keynote will be on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W Willie Nelson Blvd.). Programming continues all day Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, including the Saturday night closing keynote at 7 p.m. at The Long Center (701 W Riverside Dr.), followed by the closing party. More details and full schedule will be available on Aug. 1.

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Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune events, has great low fares for your flights to Austin to attend #TribFest18.

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Stay at Austin's historic Driskill Hotel and you’ll be just steps away from all the amazing happenings at the Festival.

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Steps from the Capitol, the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center offers stylish and comfortable accommodations for festival attendees.

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Where is #TribFest18?

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

Festival FAQ's

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

Where and when can I buy a pass?

Register online via Eventbrite. Conference passes are available now. Additional tickets will be available to a few specific events, based on capacity, after the full program is announced on Aug. 1. You may also register onsite at Festival registration located at 800 Congress Ave. during the event.

What kind of passes are available?

Explore registration options here. We're thrilled to offer Festival-goers more flexibility in add-on experiences than ever before, so expect some additional à la carte options. Your conference pass gets you access to all Festival regular programming. Some events may require an additional fee or RSVP, which will be indicated in the description when the program goes live on Aug. 1.

Are passes and tickets refundable?

Passes and tickets are nonrefundable. You may transfer your 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.

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.

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.

How can I find out who is speaking?

The Festival program and schedule will be released Aug. 1. Sign up for the Festival Alerts to get notified. If you are registered, we’ll email you automatically with programming updates.

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.

Chairs, signs, anything that could be considered a weapon of any kind (gun, knife, large stick, projectiles, etc.), graffiti pens or spray paint are not allowed, and individuals bringing these items may be ejected from the Festival and have credentials revoked without refund. We expect attendees to use good judgment. We reserve the right to disallow any other items we deem inappropriate, dangerous, threatening or inconvenient to others attending the event.

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