Q: Where do I park? How should I get to the Festival?
A: Parking in downtown Austin is limited. We strongly suggest using alternate transportation on Thursday and Friday as the Festival has no dedicated parking for attendees on those days.
There are numerous public garages downtown, including the Capitol Visitors Garage at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd., that allow for paid daily parking. Street parking is also available in the surrounding area. Be sure to check the parking meters for the allowed length of stay. Parking charges are the responsibility of the attendee — validation is not available.
Q: What is the code of conduct for TribFest?
A: Thank you for joining us for The Texas Tribune Festival! We ask everyone in attendance to abide by all local, state and federal laws, and by guidelines set forth by The Texas Tribune. Please be courteous to and respectful of all other guests, staff, moderators and speakers. Facility and event management reserves the right to deny entry to or eject anyone who displays disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate behavior during panels or other Festival events. Anyone denied entry or ejected over such behavior will not receive a refund for their ticket or be compensated in any way. For emergencies, dial 911. For other assistance, reach out to Festival staff wearing black lanyards.
Q: What security measures are in place at the Festival?
A: Festival badges will be checked at all venues upon entry. Security checks at Festival venues may include metal detectors and/or wand scans. There is a clear bag policy for all venues (see more below).
Please note: TribFest attendees who choose to attend our closing session, One-on-One with Liz Cheney, will undergo heightened security protocol. Some important things to know and prepare for …
Arrive early — doors will open at 6 p.m., one hour ahead of the session start time.
Attendees may be asked to show ID upon entry, in addition to their Festival badges.
All attendees will be screened with security wands and/or magnetometers.
All Festival venues are enforcing a strict clear bag policy — see more below.
Please plan to leave personal items at home as much as possible to help the line move quickly.
CLEAR BAG POLICY for ALL venues
The Texas Tribune Festival will take place in venues that require guests to use clear bags for their belongings to enter. Every registrant will receive a free clear bag when they receive their badge. If you bring your own, the size should not exceed 14” x 12” x 6”. Small, nonclear clutch bags will be allowed and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size. Storage is not available, so please plan to leave backpacks and large purses behind. Clear totes sponsored by Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
Is there WiFi available at the Festival?
A: Public WiFi is available at the Festival Hub in the Omni Hotel Atrium. Use the “Omni Lobby” network to connect for free. Please know that, because the Fest takes place in multiple venues across downtown, there isn’t a dedicated WiFi network available for the Festival. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Q: How can I register?
A: On the Festival website, click the BUY TICKETS button. Select the ticket type desired.
Additionally, a selection of Festival programming will be free and available for anyone to watch online. We’ll also welcome the public on Saturday, Sept. 24, to join us for Open Congress, a free event taking place along Austin’s iconic Congress Avenue, bringing TribFest to downtown Austin’s main thoroughfare for all to enjoy.
Q: I bought a Festival ticket. Where and when do I pick up my badge?
A. All registrants must have an official Festival badge to access sessions and events, with exception of Open Congress events happening on Saturday, Sept. 24. Badges may be picked up at the registration desk at the Festival Hub located in the Omni Hotel Atrium (700 San Jacinto Blvd.). The Festival Hub hours are as follows:
Thursday, Sept. 22: 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Q: What ID do I need to show to pick up my Festival badge?
A: To receive your Festival badge, present your ticket purchase confirmation (mobile or printed) at the Festival Hub. If you do not have your ticket, you will be required to present a government-issued ID before a badge can be released to you.
Q: Am I eligible for a student or educator ticket?
A: 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: I’m a Tribune member — how do I receive my member discount?
A: The Texas Tribune Festival offers discounts and exclusive content for Texas Tribune members who give $35 or more a year. If you’re already a member at this level, you can purchase the member ticket on our registration page. You must use the email address linked to your Tribune membership when registering to ensure that you receive a member ticket. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure about the email address associated with your membership.
Q: I want the member discount, but I’m not sure if I am a member. How do I know?
A: To check your membership status, please email email@example.com. To receive the member discount and other Festival member perks, you must have donated $35 or more in the last year.
If you’re not a member, it’s not too late to become one and enjoy the ultimate TribFest experience! Join as a member today to support the Tribune’s nonprofit newsroom — and when you donate $35 or more, you’ll guarantee your best Festival experience for a lower price.
Q: I already purchased my Festival ticket at full price, but now I have a discount code. Can I still receive the discount?
A: Discount codes can only be applied at checkout and are not available post-purchase.
For student, educator and Texas Tribune member discounts, please select your ticket type carefully to ensure you’re purchasing the right ticket for you at the best rate. If you have any questions about your eligibility for the Texas Tribune member discount, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are tickets refundable?
A: Texas Tribune Festival tickets are nonrefundable. You may transfer your unused registration to another person if you learn you’re unable to attend. Please click on the ‘manage registration details’ link in your ticket confirmation email for instructions on how to do this.
Q: May I come and go? Is reentry allowed?
A: Yes, with your TribFest badge, you may come and go as you please. Hop around to catch your favorite sessions or step out to take a meeting or to take in some sights.
The Festival will offer a quiet room for mothers, available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, located on the 16th floor of the Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St. The room will be equipped with a small table, a cushioned chair, a mirror, a power outlet, permanent markers, labeling tape and a refrigerator.
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Q: May I be a volunteer?
A: Yes, volunteers power the Festival! Please visit our volunteer page for more information about this opportunity and commitment.
Q: What COVID-19 safety measures will you have in place at #TribFest22?
A: The Texas Tribune Festival is committed to creating a healthy and safe environment for speakers, partners, attendees and staff.
Masks at TribFest are optional. We invite attendees to wear masks as they feel comfortable. Masks will be made available to attendees at the Festival Hub at the Omni Hotel Atrium during the hub’s regular operating hours.
Hand sanitizer will be available at venues throughout the Festival.
Anyone working, speaking at or attending The Texas Tribune Festival who tests positive for COVID-19 is instructed to refrain from participating in the in-person event.
The Texas Tribune Festival will not make refunds available for guests who are unable to attend the Festival due to a positive COVID-19 test. We invite guests to defer their attendance to the 2023 Texas Tribune Festival or to gift their registration to a special guest.
Q: What is the Festival’s photography consent policy?
A: By entering The Texas Tribune Festival, you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur. Your presence on the event premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition or reproduction of any and all recorded media, worldwide, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose in perpetuity in connection with the The Texas Tribune and its initiatives, including, by way of example only, use on websites, social media, news and advertising.
Q: Why should I attend the Festival?
A: TribFest is for big thinkers who are personally interested in (or professionally connected to) politics, public policy or current events. Knowing your way around politics or its players is not a requirement for enjoying the Festival. If you want to hear from, and converse with, powerful people who have influence over your life and the things you care most about, TribFest is for you. We welcome students, educators, lobbyists, engaged Texans, CEOs, veterans, concerned parents and the like to our annual celebration of big, bold ideas.
Q: What does the Festival benefit?
A: Ticket 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 about the Trib at texastribune.org/about.
Q: What accommodations are being offered to make the Festival accessible to attendees with disabilities?
A: The Texas Tribune Festival strives to make the event welcoming and accessible to all who are interested in participating. Attendees can download an accessibility map or pick up a printed copy at the information booth at the Festival Hub at the Omni. If there is anything we can do to help you access the Festival, please let us know at the information booth or by emailing email@example.com.
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Q: How can I become a sponsor or media partner for the Festival?
A: 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, chief revenue officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media or marketing inquiries, please contact email@example.com. Inquiries that come directly to our Festival team will be forwarded to our sponsorship and media teams.