Everything you need to know about attending the conference.


If you'd like to attend .NET Fringe, we have a variety of tickets available for this year's conference. Have a look below and pick the ticket that looks right for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to apply for a free ticket, please email us at and we'll be glad to help you out!

You could also become a volunteer and receive a complementary ticket, or get a discount code when you submit a proposal to be one of our speakers!


Independent Ticket

If you are paying for yourself, work at a non-profit, or at a company with less than 10 employees, enjoy this discounted ticket rate.

Corporate Ticket

Purchase a corporate ticket if a company is paying for your attendance. Need help convincing your boss? Email us at for some info on why .NET Fringe is worth the expense.

Community Support - Individual

Choose this ticket if you're representing a yourself and would like your name listed as a supporter, independent from your employer. Your purchase will be considered a sponsorship, and you'll be listed as a community supporter on our website.

Community Support - Startup

Choose this ticket if you're representing a small company and would like to list the company name as a supporter (includes small logo and link). Your purchase will be considered a sponsorship, and you'll be listed as a community supporter on our website.


Financial Assistance

We have a few opportunities for folks that can't afford the independent tickets, but still want to attend.

Student or Unemployed

If you are enrolled as a student, or don't currently have a source of income, please email us at and we'll give you a discount code to make it more affordable.


Becoming a volunteer for .NET Fringe entitles you to a free ticket. We have a ton of stuff to do during the conference, and before. If you'd like to be involved, send us an email to, and we'll get you signed up!

Apply For a Free Ticket

We understand that not everyone can afford a ticket, or is able to volunteer. That's ok! We've got a few tickets set aside for situations like this. We handle this on a case-by-case basis, so please send us an email to explaining your situation and we'll do our best to help out.


Check out the Full Schedule for more detail!

SAT 6/3

Geek Train from Seattle

Leaves SEA at 2:00pm, Arrives PDX @ 6:00pm

SUN 6/4


Mission Theater
Doors @ 8:00am

Auth0 Workshop

Elastic Search Workshop

Hands-on workshops from Auth0 and Elastic Search.

Bike Ride

5:00pm @ Pine Street Market

Join your fellow attendees for a leisurely ride around Portland.

Welcome Reception

7:00pm @ Mission Theatre

Get your badge and mingle. Open bar, live entertainment, and more!

MON 6/5

Conference Day 1

Crystal Ballroom
Doors @ 8:00am

Talks from 9:00am-5:00pm

Lunch @ Noon

Also.. Unconference, VR Lab, IoT Lab, massage and more!

Official Party


TUE 6/6

Conference Day 2

Crystal Ballroom
Doors @ 8:00am

Talks from 9:00am-5:00pm

Hiring Speed Dating @ 10:15am

Lunch @ Noon

Dinner and Mingle

The conference has ended, but we're all still here. Find some friendly faces and invite them to dinner before you leave the venue!

Find your tribe on Slack, or on Twitter using the hashtag #dotnetfringe.

WED 6/7

Self-organize brunch, hacks, and chill-outs with other attendees using the hashtag #relaxdotnet


McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom, in the heart of Portland!

The Crystal Ballroom is fully ADA accessible.

For more info, contact the venue at (503) 225-0047


McMenamin's Mission Theatre, a beautiful historic building!

All activies on Sunday, 6/4 will be in this location, including the two workshops, during the day, and the Welcome Reception.

The Mission Theatre is fully ADA accessible.

For more info, contact the venue at (503) 225-0047


Wondering where to stay and how to get around once you get into Portland? The conference will be held at the Crystal Ballroom, in downtown Portland, and most conference events will be held within just a few blocks of the Crystal Ballroom.

Where to stay

We are not working with any of the hotels for attendee accommodations, but there are many hotels available within walking distance of the venue:

How to get around

Portland is a very accessible city and there are many transportation options available, public and otherwise.

Flying Into Portland

Portland International Airport (PDX) is a great airport, with direct flights from many destinations.

If you are traveling from outside the US, please contact us at to obtain an offer letter from the conference to help with your border entry.


The MAX is Portland’s major light-rail system. The MAX primarily connects Portland with the surrounding cities, such as Gresham, Beaverton, Clackamas, and Hillsboro.

If you’re flying into Portland Airport (PDX), we recommend taking the MAX into downtown Portland. There is a MAX station for the red line in the airport itself.

The venue is along Burnside Street at 14th Ave, just east of the I-405 underpass. The closest Red Line stop to the Crystal Ballroom is at Galleria SW 10th.

Streetcars and Buses

Portland also has a separate streetcar network which criss-crosses the MAX lines. These, along with Portland’s extensive bus network, ought to suffice.

The streetcar loop lines are also under construction, but only through Saturday 14 May. This means their detours will only matter during the day of the hike. They may be your lifeline during the rest of the conference.

The streetcars run along 10th and 11th Avenues. The closest stops to the venue are also on Couch Street. There is also a Whole Foods Market at NW Couch & 12th Ave. See the Streetcar Loop detour map for details.

Taxi Companies

While Portland does have Lyft and Uber, unfortunately they are somewhat unreliable. There are several reliable local taxi companies:

Please note that it is not common to hail taxis in Portland, and that your best bet is to call in advance.

Bike Rentals

There are two bike rental companies in downtown Portland that may be good options if you want to experience Portland by bike (which we very much recommend!):


Portland is an amazing food city. Here are some resources that will help you find something good to eat:


Stay connected with the community!

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