What is Gray Area?

Gray Area is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that applies art and technology for social and civic impact. 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. 2019 celebrates our 5th year of the Gray Area Festival. You can donate to Gray Area and learn more about our work on our website: grayarea.org

Ticket or Festival Pass?

The Gray Area Festival Program features an Exhibition Opening Reception, Friday and Saturday Conference Days, Performance Nights, and a Workshop Day. You can access the program with a Festival Pass or Individual Tickets.
Please note: Festival Pass does not include access to Inferno Exoskeleton Performer or Workshop Day.

Below are details on each type of ticket so you can decide which is right for you. Please review the schedule details for the whole lineup to make sure you are not missing anything.

Festival Pass | 7/25 Thursday - 7/28 Sunday
$250 Festival Pass gets you access to:
- Thursday Opening Reception at ISM Hexadome at Pier 70
- Friday and Saturday Day Conference at Gray Area
- Friday Performance Night of Suzanne Ciani Live at ISM Hexadome at Pier 70
- General Admission to ISM Hexadome at Pier 70
- General Admission to view Inferno Performance at Gray Area
- Purchasing a Festival Pass is the only way to access the Conference
Please note: participatory tickets to Inferno Exoskeleton Performer and Workshop Day are sold separately. There are also student discounts and nonprofit scholarships available.

Workshop Day Pass | 7/28 Sunday
$120 Sunday Workshop Day Pass gives you access to 6 hours of creative coding workshops. If you sign up for the Workshop Day, you can pick from the list of workshops listed here.
This ticket must be purchased separately and is not included in the Festival Pass.

Opening Reception | 7/25 Thursday
$35 Individual Ticket to the Festival Opening Reception including an Exhibition Screening of ISM Hexadome Exhibition from 6-9pm at Pier 70.

Performance Night | 7/26 Friday
$35 Individual Ticket to view the World Premiere of Suzanne Ciani Live at ISM Hexadome at Pier 70. Performance Night tickets include exhibit screening of ISM Hexadome Segment 2 beginning at 7:30pm at Pier 70.
Learn more about the Gray Area Festival Performances here.

Festival Single Day Pass | 7/26 Friday - 7/27 Saturday
For $150, you can select a Friday or Saturday Festival Day Pass that will give you access to:
- Conference speakers at Gray Area / Grand Theater for that day only
- plus General Admission to watch the Inferno performance at Gray Area that day only
- and the ISM Hexadome at Pier 70 that day only.

Inferno Exoskeleton Performer | 7/25 Thursday - 7/28 Sunday
$55 Individual Ticket allows you to participate as a Performer in a robotic exoskeleton.
Location: Gray Area / Grand Theater
Thursday - Friday at Gray Area: 8:30, 10:30pm
Saturday - Sunday at Gray Area: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30pm
This ticket must be purchased separately and is not included in the Festival Pass. Waiver must be signed for participation. 18+

Inferno General Admission | 7/25 Thursday - 7/28 Sunday
$35 Individual Ticket to view the Inferno Performance. Entry is included in a Festival Pass, but a ticket to participate as an Exoskeleton Performer in a robotic exoskeleton must be purchased separately.
Location: Gray Area / Grand Theater
Thursday - Friday at Gray Area: 8:30, 10:30pm
Saturday - Sunday at Gray Area: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30pm

ISM Hexadome | 7/25 Thursday - 8/2 Friday
$20 Individual Ticket to view select Segment of ISM Hexadome Exhibition Screening.
Location: Pier 70
Thursday - Sunday, 7:30pm: Exhibition Screening of Segment 1
Thursday - Sunday, 10pm: Exhibition Screening of Segment 2
Learn more about the Exhibition and Segments here.

What does a Festival Pass Include?

A Festival Pass get you access to:
- Thursday Opening Reception at ISM Hexadome at Pier 70
- Friday and Saturday Day Conference at Gray Area
- Friday Performance Night of Suzanne Ciani Live at ISM Hexadome at Pier 70
- General Admission to ISM Hexadome at Pier 70
- General Admission to view Inferno Performance at Gray Area
- Purchasing a Festival Pass is the only way to access the Conference
Please note: participatory tickets to Inferno Exoskeleton Performer and Workshop Day are sold separately.
There are also student discounts and nonprofit scholarships available.

Where does the Gray Area Festival take place?

This year, the Gray Area Festival is expanding to include off-site locations. Conference Days, Inferno, and Workshop Day all take place at Gray Area's cultural hub at the Grand Theater on 2665 Mission Street. The ISM Hexadome Exhibition and Suzanne Ciani Live will be located at Pier 70 in San Francisco.

Where's my ticket?

Gray Area is using the platform Withfriends to process electronic tickets. We don't issue any physical tickets. When you purchase your ticket online you will get an email with your ticket PDF which has a unique barcode we will use to scan at the entrance. The only thing you need to do is have that barcode available for scanning at entry when you arrive. Each barcode is valid for one experience.

What is the festival schedule?

Please review the schedule details for the whole lineup to make sure you are not missing anything.

Schedule Highlights
7/25 Thursday
6 - 9pm: Festival Opening Reception at ISM Hexadome Exhibition at Pier 70 *
5:30pm - 12am: US Premiere of Inferno Performance at Gray Area **
7/26 Friday
10 - 5pm: Conference Day 1: Keynotes at Gray Area / Grand Theater.
7:30pm: Friday Performance Night: Suzanne Ciani Live at ISM Hexadome at Pier 70.
7/27 Saturday
10am - 5pm: Conference Day 2: Keynotes at Gray Area / Grand Theater.
7/28 Sunday
10am - 5pm: Workshop Day at Gray Area / Grand Theater.

* ISM Hexadome Exhibition runs July 25 - August 2 at Pier 70.
ISM Hexadome Exhibit Screenings: 7:30pm, 10pm.
** Inferno Performance runs July 25 - 28 at at Gray Area.
Inferno Performances: Weekdays: 8:30pm, 10:30pm. Weekend: 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:30pm.

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 just 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.

Student Discounts and Nonprofit Scholarships

If you are a student or nonprofit worker, we are offering discounts and scholarships on Festival Passes. Please email us at events@grayarea.org to let us know what rate you can afford, which school you attend or nonprofit you work for, and a little about the knowledge you hope to gain by attending the Gray Area Festival. Please share this info if you know of folks who need support.

Media Passes

Please send a request for a media pass to festival@grayarea.org with the following information: First Name, Last Name, Email, Publication Link and Writer Profile. We will respond to let you know if the media pass has been approved within 24 hours.

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 on social media 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.