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Special Events

Cactus Cafe

Friday, 4:00 PM

Pre-Festival Student Summit

Enjoy a kick-off session with fellow  #StudentsAtTheFest. Meet Tribune staff and find out how to get the most out of your Festival experience. Free pizza.

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UT Tower Plaza

Friday, 7:30 PM

Party on the Plaza

Join us for a welcome reception on the UT Tower plaza directly after the opening session with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday evening. Mingle with the Festival’s speakers and moderators and the Tribune’s writers and editors while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres under the stars. This special reception is open to all Festival attendees.

Student Activity Center Rm. 1.106

Saturday, 8:00 AM

#StudentsAtTheFest Lounge

Located near five of the nine program tracks, the #StudentsAtTheFest Lounge is your hub. Take advantage of scheduled and impromptu meet-and-greets with speakers, sponsors and Tribune staff throughout the day, or just drop by to rest and connect with other students, plus free drinks, snacks, phone charging, photo bombing and fun activities.

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Student Activity Center Fireside Lounge

Saturday, 8:00 AM

Member's Lounge

Come rest and recharge anytime on Saturday with refreshments (and outlets) in the Members’ Lounge in the UT Student Activity Center. Limited-edition Tribune swag including Tribune reporter notebooks, reusable grocery bags and more will be available. 

South Mall

Saturday, 12:15 PM

Food Truck Lunch

Austin may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also known for its diverse and gourmet food trucks.  The Texas Tribune Festival is providing the adventure of eating at a food truck court.  Be sure to bring cash to grab lunch and dessert from some of Austin's most iconic food trucks at this special lunch curated by Austin's own Tiffany Harelik, author of the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook series.  

AT&T Center Courtyard

Saturday, 5:30 PM

Courtyard Reception

Join your fellow Festival attendees directly after the last session on Saturday in the garden courtyard of the AT&T Center. Discuss the day and enjoy the outdoor setting to unwind after the day’s discussions and debates. This special reception is open to all Festival attendees.

Belo Center for New Media Studio 1A

Sunday, 12:30 PM

Live TribCast Recording and Studio Tour

After the closing keynote panels at the AT&T Center, sign up to attend a student-only post-Festival live TribCast recording with Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton and KUT reporter Ben Philpott. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and get a tour of KUT/KUTX, one of the top five public radio stations in the country. RSVP required, sign up in the  #StudentsAtTheFest Lounge.

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Reeve Hamilton (mod.)

Reporter, The Texas Tribune

Ben Philpott

Host, Agenda Texas, KUT-FM

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