The Freer Future Festival is a political youth event like none other. With a large selection of events, workshops, standups and musical performances. The festival is intended to open up a new world for young people and invigorate the passion for the pro-liberty cause like never before.
The agenda for Saturday, October 9th is filled with interesting topics that appeal to everyone. Debates, speed-networking, standups, lectures, workshops and live podcasts are just some of the items on the schedule.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Location: First Horizon Field; Right Field Gate Entrance
800 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Parking: There is parking available in the lot directly across from the event entrance: 801-861 5th Ave N
Meals: (general pricing and example of menu)
We recommend you bring about $50.00 for food for the day.
Hotdog and Fries: $10.00
Burger and Fries: $13.50
Chicken Tenders and Fries: $11.50
Bottled water: $4.50
Weather: High of 74 low of 51
What to bring: Baseball hat, sunglasses, umbrella, phone charger, money for meals, backpack.
Security: You will go through a mandatory security check ahead of entering the field. You will enter through Mags and undergo a bag check, no liquids, food or sharp objects are allowed entry.
No outside food or drink allowed at all.
How to get there: From Towneplace Suites walking directions: (¼ mile walk – 8 mins)
Take a left onto Fourth Ave N, continue until you reach Harrison St., take a left and then the first right to Rep. John Lewis Way N. The Entrance to the ballpark will be on your right.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9th
OTHER WEEKEND FESTIVITIES
Friday Night Reception
Join us for a kick-off Reception at an awesome rooftop bar, conveniently located at the TownePlace Suites.
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
Location: Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Located in the TownePlace Suites
505 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Join us for a closing lunch on Sunday, October 10 in the heart of Nashville on Broadway! SFL will host a buffet lunch, and a cash bar will be available. First come first serve for a delicious lunch!
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Location: Tin Roof on Broadway
316 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
*Please note, there are multiple Tin Roof locations. We are at the Broadway location.
Freer Future Fest brings a new face to pro-liberty events by gathering partner organizations in a networking-forward atmosphere and allowing them to reach festival-goers through a thematic, stylized sub-venue. These issue tents will cover topics like free speech, privacy, culture wars, school choice, foreign policy, and objectivism; each one featuring its own schedule to allow all festival-goers to take a deep dive on these topic areas.
Every individual has the right to express themselves freely. Freedom of expression includes the right to challenge ideas, publish ideas, protest, and practice religion. It also means we have a right to associate with others in whatever manner is mutually consensual. Private individuals and institutions also have the right to set their own rules for expression and association—and they can always be challenged for those rules. At Students For Liberty, we believe in preserving freedom of expression unencumbered by any authority.
To shed light on the threats to the freedom of expression on campus, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) will be hosting an issue tent at Freer Future Fest. FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and the public about the threats to these rights on our campuses, and provides the means to preserve them.
Sponsor: Students For Liberty
We believe in open societies in which individuals make their own decisions and do not face collectivist or tribalist obstacles to their lives. Individuals have complete ownership of their bodies and their actions. Anything that infringes upon our liberties is an attack on our individuality. We consider economic & political freedoms, and human rights as the foundations of an open society. Today, we face a choice. The ongoing culture war has polarized American society. Loud voices on each side are squeezing the middle, making us choose what should be imposed on others. But there’s another option: live and let live.
Students For Liberty (SFL) will be hosting an issue tent focusing on empowering students to exist beyond the culture war. SFL is the largest international pro-liberty student organization in the world. SFL believes that leaders are made. Given the right support, training, and investment, everyone has the potential to make a lasting impact for liberty. SFL takes ordinary students, educates them on the fundamentals of pro-liberty ideas, develops them into leaders for liberty, and finally empowers them to become the next generation of leaders advancing liberty in all aspects of society.
Sponsor: Objective Standard Institute
Every individual has a right to live their lives according to their own concept of the good. This entails that they have the right to pursue their own happiness. Even though the Declaration of Independence lists the pursuit of happiness with the other unalienable rights of life and liberty, it has been lost in translation.
Objective Standard Institute will be hosting an issue tent to dig into the importance of these ideas. Objective Standard Institute is an independent, nonprofit enterprise whose mission is to teach the rising generation about the importance of philosophy, the principles of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, and related ideas for living fully and advancing liberty.
Toward this end, they deliver courses, podcasts, and conferences focused on good thinking for good living.
Sponsor: Concerned Veterans for America
Individuals prosper in peaceful and free societies. A society that every individual has a right to exercise their right to life, liberty, and property is a society that is free. We are striving towards this ideal every day. History has repeatedly shown that human ingenuity, markets, and cooperation is the answer for a peaceful society.
At Freer Future Fest we will be joined by Concerned Veterans for America to explore pro-liberty thoughts on foreign policy. The mission of Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is to advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity that they and their families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend. The goal of CVA is to translate the experience, concerns and hopes unique to veterans and their families into a common vision of freedom. They apply this unique perspective to speak out on issues that threaten to cripple not only our economic and national security, but the spirit of opportunity and liberty that all Americans cherish. CVA is driven to organize and amplify that perspective to both the American people and the leaders in Washington.
Free markets allow individuals to exchange freely for mutual benefit. Government interventions such as subsidies, vouchers, licensing, and other selective benefits distort our choices and incentives that lead us to find opportunities to create mutual benefit for us and others. Regulations often benefit some at the expense of others, and that becomes a large issue when it comes to shaping young individuals’ minds.
To further explore how regulations impact education, EdChoice will be hosting a School Choice issue tent at Freer Future Fest. The mission of EdChoice is to advance full and unencumbered educational choice as the best pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. EdChoice believes that families, not bureaucrats, are best equipped to make K-12 schooling decisions for their children, and they work at the state level to educate diverse audiences, train advocates and engage policymakers on the benefits of high-quality school choice programs.
Join top-notch speakers from Reason as they tackle topics such as the Freedom of Information Act, evading facial recognition technology, the war on drugs, and cig rolling.
Founded in 1968, Reason is the nation’s leading libertarian magazine. They produce hard-hitting independent journalism on civil liberties, politics, technology, culture, policy, and commerce. As the magazine of free minds and free markets, Reason exists outside of the left/right echo chamber. Their goal is to deliver fresh, unbiased information and insights to their readers, viewers, and listeners every day.
Sponsor: People United For Privacy
We believe in the power of human action: individuals can communicate, cooperate and exchange goods and services as they see fit. They can build communities and companies that help other individuals around the globe. States like to have absolute power over their citizens’ actions. State interventions (social, political, and economic) interfere with the actions of free markets and individuals. We do not believe in states’ moral authority over their citizens’ actions. Individuals can determine for themselves when, how, and to what extent information about them is communicated to others.
People United for Privacy (PUFP) will be hosting an issue tent focused on awareness of government threats to our privacy. PUFP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to protect the rights of individuals to come together in support of their shared values, and they also protect the resources organizations need to make their voices heard. PUFP provides information and resources to policymakers, media, and the public about the need to protect freedom of speech and freedom of association through preserving citizen privacy.
Race & The Civil War/Free Speech & Technology
Join us at our issue tent where we’ll debunk popular historical myths about the causes of the civil war, discuss the history of free speech and explore contemporary online speech issues, reveal insights into our student programs selection process, and provide a backdrop for book signings and candid conversations with Cato’s staff and scholars.
For almost half a century, Cato has led the charge for liberty in our nation and around the world. The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization that creates a presence for and promotes libertarian ideas in policy debates. Our mission is to originate, disseminate, and advance solutions based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.
The Cato Institute is one of the most effective voices in Washington, DC, advocating for individual liberty. Through media appearances, conferences, book publishing, top-quality research, engagement on Capitol Hill and with key agencies, and more, Cato has successfully injected the libertarian perspective into mainstream policy debates in Washington, DC, and across the country.
Our wide range of speakers include comedians, academics, influencers, activists and business people.
Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee
Artist *Virtual Speaker*
Standup Comedian, Reason TV
Political Media Personality + Author
Libertarian-conservative Writer, Activist, and Commentator
Free the People
Free the People
Editor-at-large for RedState
Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
Comedian & Host of the Lou Perez Podcast
Judge Jim Gray
Jurist and Writer
Faisal Al Mutar
Founder & President, Ideas Beyond Borders
Co-Host of the Words & Numbers Podcast
Host of Pensive Politics
Li Zhao Schoolland
Educator, Entrepreneur, Activist
Contributor at FEE
Economist, George Mason University
The Objective Standard; cofounder and editor-in-chief
Director of Growth Marketing at Kraken
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Looking to elevate your Freer Future Fest experience? You can purchase a VIP ticket to get the best of the best the event has to offer.
VIP Tickets include:
– VIP Concourse
– General Admission
– Lounge snacks and beverages
– Meet & greet with speakers
– Meet & greet with top student coordinators of Students For Liberty
– Listing as an event sponsor on the website
We encourage students from near and far to register for Freer Future Fest as soon as possible. We have a limited number of spaces available and we would love for you to join us for a fun festival in Nashville, Tennessee in October.