2016 Festival Overview

Aspen, Colorado: June 23 – July 2

Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

A Public Conference
Anyone may purchase a pass to attend — the Aspen Ideas Festival is open to all. Online registration opens at 9am MST on Nov. 19. (Register here on our website on Thursday.)

Dates and Pass Options
The Festival is divided into three parts, each with its own stand-alone pass:

Spotlight Health, June 23 – 26
Festival 1, June 26 – June 29
Festival 2, June 29 – July 2

Pass Prices can be found here on the Registration page.

A Spotlight Health pass may be purchased in combination with a Festival 1 or Festival 2 pass. However, Festival 1 and Festival 2 passes may not be combined.

President’s-level and Chairman’s-level supporters of the Aspen Institute may purchase a partially tax-deductible Patron Pass, which provides attendance to the entire ten days of the Festival, June 23 – July 2. Patrons play an immeasurable role at the Festival, as their generosity supports the convening of 300 individually selected scholars.

From lectures to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days are filled from early morning to late evening. Attendees have exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds — on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar, in auditoriums and in small seminar rooms. The intimacy of Festival gatherings renders the experience unique and unforgettable.

Read about 2016 Program Tracks here.