University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

How to Score Free Tickets!

Festival Staff / January 7, 2020

We often hear that tickets are "sold out" or not available to the public. Please note that tickets are always free to the public for regular events during the festival! Donors do have early access, but you don't have to be a donor to get tickets.

Reserving tickets ahead of time simply allows you to secure a place in line and plan your day at the festival. For many sessions demand will be high, we do not guarantee that you will be able to get tickets for a particular session. Don't worry if you can't get the tickets you want! A percentage of seats are reserved for walk-ins the day of the eventthe number will vary by venue.

Ticketing Dates:

  • Friends of the Festival: Noon, March 4, 2020
  • General Ticketing: Noon, March 9, 2020

Ticketing ends at noon March 13, 2020

How to Reserve:

To reduce stress and maximize success in securing tickets, please read this information carefully. If you are a Friend of the Festival, make sure you are logged in to your account before you go to get your tickets.

When you link to the schedule, click on the NAME OF THE PROGRAM (not the ticket icon). You will be taken to the program information. A ticketed event is marked as such and has a blue link that reads "Make ticket reservations." Click will be asked to fill in your information. On the following page, you will see available sessions. Several events will be close quickly when all available tickets are booked; we reserve a percentage of seats for walk-ins the day of the program.

Select the program you would like to see; the ticket icon identifies those events that have tickets available. Ticketed venues include:
* Student Union North Ballroom
* Student Union Gallagher Theater
* Koffler 204
* Modern Languages 350
* Integrated Learning Center 120
* Social Science Auditorium (1 session Saturday)

Complete the reservation form; you may reserve a maximum of two tickets per program.

A confirmation email will be sent to you with the electronic ticket(s). If you don't get the email or lose the message, no worries! We will be able to assist you in the line at the venue.

You may reserve two tickets per 24-hour period during the four days of ticketing (Friend of the Festival members are entitled to two additional tickets during each ticketing period):
* Monday from 12 noon through Tuesday at 11:59am
* Tuesday from 12 noon through Wednesday at 11:59am
* Wednesday at 12 noon through Thursday at 11:59am
* Thursday at 12 noon through Friday at 11:59am
Ticketing closes at noon on Friday, March 13

Can't get the tickets you want? Don't worry! A percentage of seats are reserved for walk-ins the day of the event.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis until all tickets available have been reserved. Tickets have no cash value and may not be sold. If you are unable to use a ticket that you reserved, you may give it to another patron.

Important! There are thousands of people using the system at the same time when tickets become available and it will slow down significantly. We ask for your patience. If you are unable to reserve the tickets that you were hoping to get, we are unable to give you tickets through the office. We are also unable to mail you paper tickets, all tickets will arrive via the email you provide, make sure to check your junk mail/SPAM folder if they do not arrive in your inbox within 24 hours.

Keep in mind that there are many, many programs occurring during festival weekend that are not ticketed. You will meet fascinating authors discussing interesting topics at every presentation.

Want a better chance at tickets? Consider becoming a Friend of the Festival. While your donation to the festival does not guarantee access to ticketed events, friends at some levels are able to gain early access to the online ticketing system.

Enjoy the festival!

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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