2019 Crosscut Festival

 
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May 3–4, 2019 @ SeattleU logo
 
#CrosscutFest
 
 

About the Festival

“Progress in our nation happens when caring and engaged individuals come together to speak out and hold us accountable to our highest ideals.”
— Barack and Michelle Obama

 
Julian Castro

Julian Castro speaks to the crowd during a session moderated by Crosscut's Florangela Davila

Join us at Seattle University this May for the Pacific Northwest's premier news and ideas festival featuring the boldest names in politics, science/the environment, business and social justice from across the region and around the nation.

This year's festival will feature keynote speakers as well as tracks on Race & Social Justice, Politics and Business. Additionally, we have made this year's festival more engaging and interactive thanks to your feedback!

Last year we welcomed more than 80 speakers including former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro; WA State Governor Jay Inslee; OR State Governor Kate Brown; Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best; former Presidential speechwriters David Frum and David Litt; and many more!

Our program for the 2019 Festival is shaping up to be even bigger! Check back often for the most current list of confirmed speakers and moderators, along with additional programming!

Spend your weekend with Crosscut and enjoy thought-provoking conversation on the most important issues of our times. Mingle with local and national journalists and newsmakers, enjoy food trucks, an after-party and much more! Get your tickets early for the best rate, and join us this spring at Seattle University!

 

Get Involved

Our community is what makes the Crosscut Festival possible. Sign up to volunteer or suggest a session that we should include.

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Ticket Options

 

BUY TICKETS!

 

Friday/Saturday Combo - $125

  • Access to the Friday evening event at the Redhawk Center
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing

Saturday Only - $95

  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing

Senior (60+) - $75

  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing

Student* - $20

  • Access to the Friday evening event at the Redhawk Center (for the first 200 ticket buyers ONLY)
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing (21+ only)

VIP Pass - $250

  • Invitate to the Friday VIP Reception
  • Access to the Friday evening event at the Redhawk Center
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Reserved seating in the Keynote track
  • Access to the VIP Lounge on Saturday which includes complimentary catering, coffee and the opportunity to mingle with moderators, panelists and members of the press
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing (21+ only)

Crosscut Festival After-party
Keep the conversation and connections going at the official #CrosscutFest After-Party! Join us for an evening of fun, games, thinking, and drinking at Optimism Brewing (1158 Broadway, between Madison & Union) immediately following the final session on Saturday, May 4th. The first 150 people receive a free drink on us!

 

*Student tickets are open to all students, whether they are in school in Washington or elsewhere. Anyone with a student ID (high school, college, grad school) is permitted to purchase these discounted tickets.

Lineup

Panelist names and session topics will be released periodically here. The full schedule will be available in the spring.

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FAQ

Crosscut is a non-profit, online newspaper with a focus on stories and reporting local to the Pacific Northwest. Click here to learn more about Crosscut and how we fit into our fast-changing region.

Once you register for the Festival, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite with your e-ticket(s) attached. You will need to exchange your printed or mobile e-ticket(s) at check in (located in the PACCAR Atrium in the Pigott Building) for your access pass. Questions? Email festival@crosscut.com for assistance. More information will be sent via email the week of April 29th. If you are having any technical ticketing-related issues with your order, contact Eventbrite. For all other registration questions please email festival@crosscut.com.

The Crosscut Festival will take place on the Seattle University campus. A detailed map of venues and locations will be available shortly.

Refunds will
not
be issued less than 7 days out from event or for late arrivals, unattended events, early termination of attendance or no-shows.

 

Event is rain or shine and portions of the event will take place outside so please dress accordingly.

We all know Seattle weather is unpredictable, and you will be required to walk between venues, so we suggest planning ahead and wearing comfortable shoes that you can walk in.

Panelist names and session topics will be released periodically on this page. The full schedule will be available in the spring. Sign up for the weekly email by clicking here to make sure you receive the most up to date information.

Yes! This year we are looking for volunteers from the community! Please click here to sign up. All volunteers will receive a Crosscut Festival t-shirt and the opportunity to attend any sessions outside of your scheduled volunteer hours.

Seattle University and all Crosscut Festival venues are ADA compliant. If you require assistive services or technology to access this event, please contact festival@crosscut.com no later than
March 4th
. Late requests are subject to availability.
Friday/Saturday Combo
  • Access to the Friday evening event at the Redhawk Center
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing
Saturday Only
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing
Senior (60+)
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing
Student
  • Access to the Friday evening event at the Redhawk Center
    (for the first 200 ticket buyers ONLY)
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party at Optimism Brewing (21+ only)

Student tickets are open to all students, whether they are in school in Washington or elsewhere. Anyone with a student ID (high school, college, grad school) is permitted to purchase these discounted tickets.

Yes, for Saturday tickets only. We encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance to avoid lines and the possibility of selling out.

Paid parking is available in the Seattle University garages, noted on the campus map. These garages have signage stating you must have a permit to park there, but this is inaccurate and it is open to the public. There is also metered parking available on Broadway and two hour street parking available on the side streets around campus. We recommend taking ride sharing services or public transit whenever possible.

9:00 AM

Each panel is scheduled to run for (1) hour.

Yes! There will be time for audience Q+A built into all sessions.

No, all panels/sessions are first come, first served.

Doors will open for each sessions 15 minutes before the advertised start time. Attendees are encouraged to form an orderly queue outside of each venue to ensure seating.

There will be food trucks available in the Quad from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. There are also numbers locations on-campus to purchase food and drink including the café in the PACCAR Atrium (located in Pigott Hall) and the cafeteria located above registration in the Student Center.

Yes! Your ticket allows you access to the after-party taking place from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Optimism Brewing Company immediately following the last session at the festival. Your festival badge is your ticket to entry to the event which will include complimentary snacks, a photo booth, games and more! The first 150 to arrive will receive a free drink courtesy of the Crosscut Festival!

If you are interested in obtaining a Press Pass to the Crosscut Festival please email operations@crosscut.com with your name, email address, number of passes requested and media organization. Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate all requests.

2018 Festival

The first annual Crosscut Festival convened elected officials, business leaders and cultural luminaries such as Gov. Jay Inslee, Julián Castro, Bob Ferguson, Scott McClellan, David Frum and Nikkita Oliver, sharing their views in lively discussion and debate.

2018 Festival page