Full Program Announced

Over three days on the University of Texas at Austin campus, more than 200 speakers will dive into the state's and nation's most pressing issues: public and higher ed, immigration, health care, transportation, energy, the environment, criminal justice and - new this year - government transparency.

Our list of confirmed participants is the best yet: Gov. Rick Perry; U.S. Sens Ted Cruz and John Cornyn; state Sens. Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte and Dan Patrick; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro; former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley; former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman; former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza; Texas Co-chairman of Freedom to Marry Mark McKinnon; MSNBC’s Chris Hayes; and more. There are also plenty of special events and countless networking opportunities.

This is a weekend not to be missed! Register now. Discounts are available for students and educators. Or you can volunteer and attend for free!


Opening Night Party - Friday!

This year’s Festival lineup for Friday is better than ever! Help us celebrate the Festival’s kickoff with a welcome reception on UT’s Main Mall directly after the opening session.

Mingle with the Festival’s speakers and moderators and the Tribune’s writers and editors while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive “taste of Austin” provided by some of the city’s best local restaurants and beverage providers! Check out the full lineup for the Opening Night Party here.

This special reception is open to all Festival attendees.

Don’t Miss Out – Festival Registration Price Goes Up Tonight!

The 2014 Texas Tribune Festival’s programming is better, the number of tracks has grown and the talent is more star-studded than ever! Don’t miss out on joining us for this year’s Festival, coming up Sept. 19-21.

Register TODAY for $240 for you last chance to get a ticket at a discounted rate! Prices go up tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. 

View the full Festival program here.


Traveling to join us at The Texas Tribune Festival this year? Book your hotel room at the Hampton Inn & Suites at the University/Capitol. 

A limited number of rooms are available at a special rate of $179 per night for Festival registrants. We encourage you to book your hotel when you register for the Festival, but hurry as this special rate is only available through Wednesday, Sept. 3

These rooms can only be reserved through the TribFest Housing Desk after you have registered for the conference.

For questions about housing and hotels, email [email protected]

Bonus Event!

Franklin Barbecue Feast With MSNBC’s Chris Hayes
Saturday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30pm. $250.

Skip the line and join us at legendary Franklin Barbecue — winner of Texas Monthly’s coveted “Best Barbecue Joint in Texas” award — for an intimate dinner and a lively discussion about the state of the news media with Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes and editor-at-large of The Nation. This event is not included in the regular Festival badge and requires an extra ticket. Barbecue and beer are included with the ticket price of $250.

Purchase your ticket when you register but hurry as space is extremely limited. Tickets on sale now.

The 2014 Tribune Fest is near!


The fourth annual Texas Tribune Festival is just around the corner, and this year’s programming lineup is only getting better.

This week, we are excited to announce the participation of state Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, in our keynote track. He and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, will take part in individual interviews that you won’t want to miss!

In addition, the Festival is excited to welcome U.S. Rep. Roger Williams; Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum; and state Rep. Sarah Davis to this year’s lineup. To stay up to date on our programming announcements, check back weekly and follow #TribuneFest on Twitter and Facebook!

Look for our full Festival lineup on Aug. 15, and register today for the best rate!

New Speakers Announced!

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, are among the more than 50 additions to the lineup of state and federal politicians, agency heads, prominent thinkers and policy experts confirmed as speakers this year's event.

A Look Back to 2013: Keynotes

You can now watch videos from all of the keynote sessions, including interviews with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state Sen. Wendy Davis; a panel discussion with Battleground Texas senior adviser Jeremy Bird, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and former Houston Mayor Bill White; and discussions with House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas first lady Anita Perry.