Open Congress at The Texas Tribune Festival

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Open Congress at The Texas Tribune Festival will be a day of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking, all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol.

Held on Austin’s historic Congress Avenue, the event includes riveting speakers, immersive experiences, author signings, and community-led conversations. Open Congress will feature three tents chock-full of free and open-to-the-community original programming from The Texas Tribune and Festival media partners.

Speakers announced to take the stage include for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro (D); former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ); U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); NBC News and MSNBC political correspondent Steve Kornacki; U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX); U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-CA); U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX); civil rights activist and organizer DeRay Mckesson; former U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal; former U.S. attorney for the northern district of Alabama Joyce White Vance; former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates; and former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The event will take place on Congress Avenue between 8th and 11th Streets.

Event Details



800 Congress
800 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Ticket Info

Admission is free with registration.