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  • You do not need a physical ticket for entry.  

  • To check in, a government state ID must match the ticket name. 

  • All attendees must have names associated with their tickets in advance.

  • If you purchased a ticket for someone else, they MUST register their name on the Eventbrite ticket prior to the event.

  • Please have your government-issued photo ID ready. 

  • Security will visually check bags and use a metal device upon arrival.  

  • We strongly suggest that you do not bring bags. 

  • Please review the list of prohibited items on our festival FAQ page:   

  • Enter via the main doors on the south side of the building, accessible from Sixth and Seventh Avenues. 

  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

  • Please arrive well before any session.  



  • Venue doors open at 10 a.m. 

  • Please view the day’s schedule at 

  • Please note that all sessions are being recorded for broadcast on Cascade PBS and all rooms will be cleared at the end of each session. 



  • VIP and/or MEMBER badge allows you priority access to the session rooms. Please look for the VIP & Member Line sign outside each of the rooms. 

  • VIP PASSES include one Cascade PBS Ideas Festival tote bag, three featured books (Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America by Heather Cox Richardson and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, plus your choice of other options) and two drink tickets for the happy hour.  

  • MEMBER PASSES include a copy of Democracy Awakening and are good for a discount on drinks during Happy Hour.

  • VIP & Member Perks can be redeemed near the Cascade PBS lounge on the second floor. 



  • Lunch is from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. 

  • Happy Hour is from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

  • PLEASE NOTE: During Happy Hour, any guests under 21 must exit the building. 



  • Please bring your own reusable water bottle to fill at the fountains in the venue.  

  • There will be a snack station with coffee in the morning only and complimentary grab-&-go snack foods near the session rooms. 

  • There will be two delicious food trucks (Dumpling Tzar & Action Food Truck)  parked on 7th Ave from noon to 8 p.m.   



Amazon’s Day One and Doppler parking garages are both adjacent to the Meeting Center.  

  • Amazon Meeting Center is located on 2031 Seventh Ave., Seattle, WA 98121. Click for map HERE.  

  • The Doppler entrance is accessible from both Sixth Avenue or Lenora Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and Day One is accessible from Sixth Avenue.  

  • Parking garages are FREE on Saturdays, just remember to keep your parking voucher for exiting the garage with your vehicle. 

  • The venue is also easily accessible from the Virginia & Sixth and Seventh & Blanchard bus stops and the Westlake & Seventh streetcar stop. 

  • We recommend taking public transportation or rideshares such as Uber or Lyft whenever possible. 



  • Elevators are located on the south side of the building.  

  • Reserved seats in session rooms are available for those with ADA needs on a first-come, first-served basis. Look for the ADA reserved seats area. 

  • ADA-accessible restrooms are available on the first floor of the building.  

  • The event space has a hearing loop, which will enable guests with T-coil hearing aids to experience this event at full volume. Sounds from the stage will be transmitted directly into your hearing aids. Assistive-listening devices are also available upon request; please see a volunteer usher for more information.   

  • Service animals are welcome, but no other animals are permitted. 

  • Please call 206-464-5830 or email with any questions. 



As a public media organization, we are responsible to act as a neutral mediator. We do not endorse the policies or opinions of our guests. However, we believe that the best way to bridge our divides is to hear from people with whom we might disagree, even vehemently, and to ask each other hard questions. When participating in these events, we require that our guests and our audience do so according to our code of conduct. 



Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have started testing positive in the five days prior to the Festival. Masks are optional throughout the venue, and proof of vaccination is not required. The venue strongly recommends masks for entry, regardless of vaccination status. 


See you soon!