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Millennial Pass: The Details

May 29, 2018
The Millennial Pass allows users to attend a variety of discussions at the Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.
The Millennial Pass is being offered again this year for select Spotlight Health and Aspen Ideas Festival sessions. The pass is available to people ages 18 to 35 who live in the Roaring Fork Valley. Purchase a pass for one of the Festival sections below.
  • Spotlight Health (June 21 – 24)
  • Festival 1 (June 24 – 27)
  • Festival 2 (June 27 – 30)
  • COST: $75
Passes go on sale at 9 am (MST) Friday, June 1 online at, and at 12 pm in-person at the Wheeler Opera House.
Passholders have access to the following sessions: breakfast (Hotel Jerome and St. Regis), public plenaries (Hotel Jerome, St. Regis, and Wheeler Opera House), and evening events (Hotel Jerome and St. Regis). The Millennial Pass does not provide access to the Aspen Institute or Aspen Meadows campus during the day. You will receive a schedule of sessions open to the Millennial Pass when you pick up your pass. Some blackouts may apply. 
You must be between ages 18 and 35 and a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley to purchase a Millennial Pass. When you purchase your pass online, keep the receipt or voucher ticket. On the first day of your Festival section, present your voucher ticket and a form of identification at the Wheeler Box Office to obtain your pass. Your ID will provide proof of age and proof of local residency. If your ID isn't up to date, please bring a piece of mail or pay stub. You must wear your access badge, or pass, to gain admittance to eligible sessions.
Here are some examples of programming you can attend:
  • Combating Injustice Through Storytelling with Ava DuVernay (Spotlight Health)
  • Activism and Leadership with Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario (Festival 1)
  • Screening of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” a yet to be released independent film on conversion therapy starring Chloe Moretz (Festival 1) 
  • Hip Hop and Criminal Justice Reform with Kiari "Offset" Cephus (of Migos) and Drew Findling, moderated by NPR’s Joshua Johnson (Festival 2)
The Particulars
The Millennial Pass is non-transferable and can be revoked by Aspen Ideas Festival staff if used improperly. You may be asked to confirm your age and/or identification at events in order to gain admittance. At all Aspen Institute public events, seating is not guaranteed and sessions will be closed when venue capacity is reached. 
  • Where is the Wheeler Box Office? 320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
  • Does a breakfast session actually include food? Yes, food is included at all breakfast sessions open to Millennial passholders.
  • If I want to attend other Ideas Festival events, can I pay extra to do so? The only public events not included in your pass are lunch sessions from June 25 – 30. You are welcome to buy individual tickets to these events when they go on sale June 15 online and at the Wheeler Opera House.
  • Will multiple Millennial events be held at once — or just one at a time? Yes. Each breakfast will have 2 concurrent sessions; Each public plenary hour (5:30 pm) will have 3 concurrent sessions; Each evening event will have 3 concurrent sessions.
  • I see that there are evening sessions at the Belly Up. Can I attend these sessions? No, your Millennial pass will not allow you access to events at the Belly Up, but you can purchase individual tickets to these events when they go on sale June 15.