The Texas Tribune Festival is a multiday celebration of big, bold ideas about politics and public policy, featuring conversations with the leaders and influencers making the news. Each fall, the Festival challenges and surprises attendees with engaging panel discussions, unexpected talent mashups, must-see interviews and thoughtful programming curated by the award-winning journalists at The Texas Tribune.
WHO IS IT FOR?
TribFest is for big thinkers who are personally interested in (or professionally connected to) politics, public policy or current events — anyone who cares about the influences shaping the future of Texas. 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, policy makers, CEOs, veterans, concerned parents and everyday engaged Texans to our annual celebration of big, bold ideas.
Looking for an exclusive experience? The best way to Fest is as a Texas Tribune member.
Tribune members who donate $50 or more a year get a registration discount, invitations to members-only experiences, priority access at select venues and premium seating at opening and closing keynotes, as well as access to all panel discussions in our regular Festival program.
Donate $50 or more today to become a Texas Tribune member and enjoy special perks at TribFest. You will receive your Member Promo Code via your membership email confirmation.
WHEN IS IT? Join us Sept. 21-23 for the 2023 Texas Tribune Festival.
WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?
The 2023 Texas Tribune Festival is taking place Sept. 21-23 in downtown Austin. Join us in person to discover exciting ideas and hear from interesting people shaping the future of Texas.
As part of the Festival, we’ll welcome the public Saturday, Sept. 23, 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.
5 REASONS TO ATTEND:
PROGRAMMING Attendees flock to TribFest because they value the event’s thoughtful programming, surprising one-on-one interviews and nuanced discussions with household names you can’t find elsewhere.
Each year, TribFest panelists make news and break news, and attendees get to experience those breaking stories firsthand.
The Festival’s programming quality doesn’t just come from the panels that The Texas Tribune puts onstage. Our media partners and sponsors also create space in the Festival to delight audiences with podcast recordings, exclusive meet-and-greets, sneak peeks at cutting-edge technologies, musical performances, giveaways and other surprises.
Attendees curate a personalized schedule from more than 100 Festival sessions and partner events to create an experience that is as unique as you are. There’s something for everyone.
If you enjoy TribFest as much as we do, then you’ll want us to save you a seat at one (or both!) of the Festival’s premier ticketed events.
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, we’ll welcome a small number of guests to Lamberts for a kickoff event featuring award-winning barbecue and some of the biggest names from the TribFest speaker lineup. Hurry! — this event sells out fast!
Tickets are also available for TribFeast, our annual dinner to support nonprofit journalism, which will take place Friday, Sept. 22.
ACCESS People across Texas and beyond choose to attend the Texas Tribune Festival because they want to gain access to, hear from and interact with people who have influence and authority on things that they care about.
Our speaker lineup includes the people whose names you regularly see splashed across headlines, right alongside names of local officials you may or may not have heard of. Festival speakers are chosen from Texas Tribune editors’ and reporters’ contacts, meaning audiences hear directly from the best and most authoritative sources.
That’s the richness of the Festival speaker lineup: diverse opinions, expertise on a range of subject matter and unique life experiences bring depth to a program that you won’t find elsewhere.
FUN The Festival is designed to inspire attendees and offer a little fun along the way.
TribFest offers a chance to connect with a community of people as engaged and high-minded as you are. Our attendees come to the Festival to discover exciting new ideas and network with other people who care about the influences shaping the future of Texas. Moreover, the unique partnerships forged to bring attendees moments of surprise and delight are part of what makes The Texas Tribune Festival a standout event.
Stay tuned for what we have in store for you this year!
CONVENIENCE Festival programming will be presented in person in Austin, at venues within blocks of one another for easy walkability. Depending on speakers’ availability to travel, a small percentage of TribFest events may be livestreamed, and Festival ticket holders may view the sessions online as a bonus perk. Enjoy the convenience of virtual access to some of our top, can’t-miss sessions, wherever you are.
In pursuit of The Texas Tribune’s mission to educate and engage all Texans, a portion of The Texas Tribune Festival will remain free, as it has for many years. Sign up to get information on programming and schedules for TribFest delivered straight to your inbox.
GET AHEAD PROFESSIONALLY
If you work in or around politics or public policy in Texas, The Texas Tribune Festival is where you need to stay informed heading into the 2024 election cycle. At TribFest, you’ll hear directly from elected officials, decision-makers and industry leaders on what they’re solving today and what they’re watching out for in the future.
Pair the insights (and access) that you gain at TribFest with a subscription to The Blast, the Tribune’s premier politics newsletter, which brings you insider intel, exclusive analysis and the best of the Tribune to help you get ahead and stay ahead. While the Legislature is in session, you’ll get essential Blast news five times a week.