What You Need To Know About The Biggest Event in Texas Politics

The Texas Tribune Festival kicks off next weekend. Hear from the Trib founder himself on what’s in store.

By Emily DonahueOctober 9, 2015 9:30 am

Get ready, folks: You are officially a week away from the biggest event in Texas.

No, we’re not talking about the State Fair, but a comparable carnival for politics watchers of all persuasions: the Texas Tribune Festival, that annual gathering of the state and nation’s political elite with regular Texans who want the inside track on politics and policy.

Who better to talk to about Trib Fest than the man whose big idea it was: Evan Smith, the CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune. The “P.T. Barnum of the nerd circus,” he says the three-day event is an opportunity to bring “people of unlike mind together.”

“We want to be a public square, a place where the community comes together to talk about the issues that affect all of us,” Smith says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How the festival has evolved over the past five years.

– What to expect from this year’s festival.

– What conversations Smith is looking forward to having.

Texas Tribune Fest will take place from October 16-18 in Austin.