Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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

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


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


  • Invitation to the Friday VIP Reception
  • Access to the Friday evening Keynote
  • Access to all Saturday activities
  • Reserved seating in the Keynote track
  • Access to the VIP Lounge on Saturday
  • Complimentary catering & coffee
  • Opportunity to mingle with moderators, panelists and members of the press
  • Access to the Crosscut Festival after-party (21+ only)

Seattle University and all Crosscut Festival venues are ADA compliant. If you require assistive services or technology to access this event, please contact no later than March 4th. Late requests are subject to availability.

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.

Panelist names and session topics will be released periodically on the festival website. Sign up for the Crosscut Festival newsletter to make sure you receive the most up to date information.

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

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The first session will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday. 

Doors to the Friday Night Keynote will open at 7:00 PM with the program beginning at 7:30 PM.

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.

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

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.