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THE WBURFESTIVAL

MAY 29 - 31, 2025

BOSTON, MA

Where the speakers are always on.

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ABOUT

Imagine if The New Yorker Festival and the Aspen Ideas Festival had a baby — one with a Boston accent and Big Papi’s swagger. That’s The WBUR Festival, coming in 2025. We’re celebrating WBUR's 75th birthday with a big bash for the city we love. And we hope you'll join us. 

Our three-day lineup, May 29 - 31, 2025, will be a convergence of fascinating people grappling with the most consequential issues of our time. The biggest speakers, the most captivating conversations, musical performances, multiple stages, memorable food and a lively street scene. A definitive experience curated by WBUR’s award-winning journalists. It will be serious stuff, and wicked fun, too.

Tickets to The WBUR Festival will go on sale this fall. If you haven't already, sign up for our events email to be the first to know about early-bird pricing, speaker announcements and more. 

 

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PLAN

SCHEDULE

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THURSDAY

Thursday, May 29

The WBUR Festival kicks off with a live taping of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! 

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FRIDAY

Friday, May 30

Friday activities include all day sessions, keynotes and our annual gala.

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SATURDAY

Saturday, May 31

Join us for a full day of events,  including keynotes, a Kids Stage, a lively street fair, interactive activities and a closing party. 

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TICKET INFORMATION

 

Tickets on sale in Fall 2024.

 

The WBUR Festival also includes a free street fair on Saturday, May 31, that will include food trucks, live music, giveaways, community organizations and more!

All proceeds from the WBUR Festival help support our mission to produce high-quality journalism and enriching experiences that deepen understanding, connection and community.
 

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VIP

The WBUR Festival also includes a free street fair on Saturday, May 31 that will include food trucks, live music, giveaways, community organizations and more!

VIP PASS

$500

Includes:

  • (1) orchestra-level ticket to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

  • VIP access to all Friday and Saturday sessions and activities. 

  • Fast-pass line access and priority seating.

  • Access to the VIP Lounge and VIP-only events.

PREMIUM PASS

$350

Includes:

  • (1) orchestra/mezzanine-level ticket to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

  • General admission access to all Friday and Saturday sessions and events. 

GENERAL ADMISSION PASS

$250

Includes:

  • General admission access to all Friday and Saturday sessions and activities. Does not include Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! 

DAY PASS

$150

Includes:

  • Single day ticket for Friday or Saturday.

  • General admission access to all sessions and events on chosen day. 

WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

$35 - $75

Includes:

  • (1) ticket for Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Does not include any additional festival activities. Mezzanine/balcony seating only.

KIDS STAGE PASS

$50

Includes:

  • (1) adult ticket to all Kids Stage events and activities.  Children under 10 are free with an RSVP. Does not include any additional festival activities. 

STUDENT PASS

$20

Includes:

  • Access to all general admission Friday and Saturday sessions and activities. 

STREET FAIR

Free and open to the public

Includes:

  • The WBUR Festival street fair is free and open to the public and includes food trucks, activities, live music, community organizations and more!

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SPEAKERS

WBUR Festival speakers and podcasts will be announced on a rolling basis; we recommend signing up for the WBUR Events newsletter to stay up to date on all Festival speaker announcements. 

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SPEAKERS & PODCASTS

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me

Editor in Chief

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Dan Mitchell

Assistant Manager

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Noah Patterson

Programming Editor

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Tess Anderson

Art Director

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me

Editor in Chief

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Dan Mitchell

Assistant Manager

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Noah Patterson

Programming Editor

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Tess Anderson

Art Director

GET IN TOUCH

WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215

festival@wbur.org  |  Tel: (617) 353-0909

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