Open Congress at The Texas Tribune Festival

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Congress Avenue

Between 8th and 11th Streets

Austin, TX 78701

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The Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 29 in downtown Austin for a day of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol.

For the first time, we invite fellow Texans to enjoy Open Congress at the Texas Tribune Festival, a free politics, news and community festival. Held on Austin’s historic Congress Avenue, the event includes riveting speakers, immersive experiences 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.

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.

One on One with Julián Castro

The former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development on the challenges we face today and his vision for the future of the country.

9:15 a.m.

One on One with Bill Bradley

The onetime college phenom, NBA star and U.S. senator on the latest convergence of sports, politics and activism.

10:45 a.m.

One on One with Amy Klobuchar

The U.S. senator from Minnesota on the challenges we face today and her vision for the future of the country.

11 a.m.

One on One with Steve Kornacki

The NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent on his new book about the roots of polarization (spoiler: blame the ‘90s) and what the devil is happening in the 2018 elections.

12:45 p.m.

Chasing Madam President

Two best-selling authors on the Hillary Clinton years — from within and without.

1:30 p.m.

Will Congress Ever Come Together on Immigration?

If a Republican from Texas and a Democrat from California can, maybe there’s hope.

2:15 p.m.

Is Texas Really the Future?

The best-selling author of “God Save Texas” and one of the state’s leading historians on the Lone Star bellwether.

3 p.m.

Is There Nothing We Should Do About Gun Policy?

The congressmen who represent Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, on the tragedies back home and how to prevent the next one.

4 p.m.

One on One with DeRay Mckesson

The author, organizer, educator and agitator on his new book about the legacy of racism, the power of resistance and why optimism trumps oppression.

4:30 p.m.

Is Justice Done?

Why federal law enforcement is under fire like never before.


Open Congress is a free, open-to-the-public event. If you are interested in the full Festival experience, check out the program and pass options at

Additional programming, parking, shuttle details will be available shortly. RSVP to get updates as they are released.

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more and become a member at

Tribune events are supported through contributions from our founding investors and members. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite The Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

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