What is Gray Area?

Gray Area is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that applies art and technology to create social and civic impact through education, incubation and public events.. The Gray Area Festival is our chance to bring together people from around the world to experience a jam-packed slice of our year-round programming at the Grand Theater. 2022 celebrates our 8th year of Gray Area Festival. You can donate to Gray Area and learn more about our work on our website: grayarea.org

Where does the Gray Area Festival take place?

Gray Area / Grand Theater
2665 Mission Street, San Francisco

What is your COVID-19 policy?

Please refer to the Visitor Guidelines for our up-to-date COVID-19 and entry guidelines.


All entrances and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
The two restrooms located on the first floor are wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair Spaces, Accessible Seating, and Companion Seats are always available for all our events. Please contact us at [email protected] so we may accommodate your request.

How do I get to Gray Area via public transportation?

SF Muni bus lines 14, 14R, 48, 49, 714 and the 24th & Mission BART station are all within a block of Gray Area.

Is Gray Area Festival All Ages?

Conference talks, the exhibition, and most performances are All Ages, unless otherwise specified on the individual performance page.

Where's my ticket?

Gray Area doesn't issue any physical festival passes. When you purchase your pass online you will get an email with your pass which has a unique QR code we will use to scan at the entrance. Once we scan your pass, you'll get a wristband to keep for the duration of the Festival.

Is Gray Area Festival happening In-Person or Online?

Both! Attend the full festival program in-person at the Gray Area Grand Theater with the General Admission Pass, or stream the conference talks and performances by purchasing a Virtual Pass on our ticketing page.

Can I buy single day Festival Passes?

Yes! You can now purchase single day Festival Passes for Friday and Saturday on our ticketing page.

I bought the Virtual Pass, when should I expect to get a link to stream the Festival?

Look for an email from us: you should have received a streaming link and access code!
The stream will go live on Friday morning, 11AM PT.
Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions by emailing us at [email protected].

Ticket Refunds or Exchanges

Gray Area does not offer ticket refunds or facilitate exchanges nor do we issue hard tickets. Due to the large number of attendees and our small staff we can't offer this service. You are welcome to re-sell or gift your ticket to someone else and issue the buyer your electronic ticket document you received in your email upon purchase yourself. They will need to bring the electronic ticket to be scanned at registration.

Can I volunteer?

Gray Area is a nonprofit organization and we maintain a regular volunteer database for events year-round. To be added to the volunteer list for this event please complete this form and let us know you want to help. In exchange we will offer you either a ticket to a performance or a festival pass depending on the number of hours you are able to volunteer.

Can I intern?

Yes! Join the small team at Gray Area as an intern this Fall and gain experience working in a fast-paced nonprofit at the center of arts and technology. Interns will undergo a comprehensive orientation and training that will cover skills ranging from marketing and to event production.
Apply here.

Gray Area Festival 2022 Scholarship Application

We are dedicated to maintaining and furthering a diverse and inclusive community at Gray Area. If you are an artist, student, scholar, or nonprofit worker, or facing financial hardship, we are offering discounts and scholarships on tickets for Gray Area Festival 2022.

Please share this info if you know of folks who need support.

Apply here.

Media Passes

Please send a request for a media pass by filling out this form.

Code of Conduct

The Gray Area Festival is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or nationality.

All participants and audience are expected to treat other speakers, staff, and audience with respect. All participants should be mindful of their speech and behaviors both in person and online to protect the inclusiveness of the Festival environment.

No form of harassment or assault will be tolerated, including:
- Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
- Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
- Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
- Inappropriate photography or recording.
- Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
- Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
- Excessive profanity.
- Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.
Anyone asked by Staff to stop unacceptable behavior (including, but not necessarily limited to the above) is expected to comply immediately.

Gray Area reserves the right to revoke attendance at the Festival for anyone who does not comply with Staff requests, at our discretion. If an individual is in violation of the Code of Conduct during the Festival, they may be asked to leave and will not receive a refund.

If you experience or witness harassment or threatening behavior, please find the nearest Gray Area Staff member immediately. We are always available to contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.