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The 2023 Crosscut Festival will return in a hybrid format, featuring both in-person sessions and streaming online events. At Cascade Public Media, home of Crosscut and KCTS 9, we understand that we are living in a changing landscape for live events and we have adapted our 2023 festival to meet your needs. 

  • Virtual attendance: FREE
  • Full Festival Pass: $100
  • VIP Option: $150
  • Headliners Gala: $250+
  • Membership add-on: $60
  • Volunteers: FREE

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.



virtual sessions

All virtual sessions will be free. (Heads up, whatever ticket you buy to the festival will include access to all virtual sessions.) So, if you go with our “Virtual Only” ticket option, you will only have access to our virtual sessions, from May 2 - May 6, free of charge. 



in person attendance

Full Festival Passes include access to all evening keynotes taking place Tuesday, May 2 - Friday, May 5, 2023, along with all Saturday activities and sessions including the attendee happy hour and closing keynote. And, of course, the ticket also includes access to all virtual sessions. 



VIP options

Looking to buy one package? The “VIP” ticket is $150 and includes a special VIP-only kickoff event on Tuesday, May 2, priority access lines for all evening keynotes taking place May 2 - 5, priority access lines for all Saturday activities and sessions on May 6 along with a commemorative tote bag and keynote speaker book bundle, admission to the attendee happy hour and closing keynote event. And, of course, access to all virtual sessions. 



The Headliners Gala is a celebration of the best of the Northwest’s community and culture and a benefit to support KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS station. This year’s gala will feature a culinary tour of the region, curated by some of the premier chefs and restaurateurs in Washington state. We will hear from keynote speaker, Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times' wildly popular podcast The Daily. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind PBS and Northwest-themed auction, plus live local music and more! 





There are still more ways to attend the Crosscut Festival. We are hosting the Headliners Gala to kick off the festival on Saturday, April 29. And, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the Crosscut Festival and Headliners Gala. Please visit our volunteer page to sign up today!