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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Lyft will be providing a discount code to use during the Festival. 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. We suggest using alternate forms of transportation when possible.

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'll have plenty of free parking and shuttles to get you to Open Congress and surrounding venues for badged events. The map will posted shortly.

Will there be shuttles?

Once you arrive downtown, shuttle cars and buses will be traveling between venues and parking.

Are passes refundable?

Passes 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 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.

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.

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

Yes, you may come and go as you please.

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.

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, request sign language interpretation of specific panels, courtesy of the Austin Community College Interpreter Services and ASLIT Program, or discuss any other needs you have. 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

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