Aspen, Colorado: June 24 - July 3, 2020

Event Overview

From sunup to sundown, Aspen Ideas packs hundreds of fascinating discussions into ten days, with more than 3,000 attendees.

Aspen, Colorado: June 24 - July 3, 2020

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. The Festival features one-on-one interviews, panel conversations, film screenings, and more.


From Aspen 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.

2020 Dates and Pass Options (passes go on sale Nov. 13, 2019)

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

Health, June 24 – June 27
Festival 1, June 27 – June 30
Festival 2, June 30 – July 3

Passes go on sale in November 13, 2019.

A 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 24 – July 3. Patrons play an immeasurable role at the Festival, as their generosity supports the convening of 300 individually selected scholars.

Get a Taste of What's in Store

Wondering what a day at the Festival looks like? Explore our 2019 schedule to see how you'll spend your time in Aspen.

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