How do I RSVP for a policy or book forum?

To register for a policy or book forum, visit www​.cato​.org/​e​v​e​n​t​s​/​u​p​c​oming, then select the forum you would like to attend. You will receive a registration confirmation via email within a few minutes.

You may also register by phone at 202–789-5229, by fax at 202–371-0841, or via email to events@​cato.​org. Once you have provided us with the required information (your name, your email address, and the forum you would like to attend), you will receive a registration confirmation via email within one business day.

Pre‐​registration for in‐​person participation for forums closes one business day before the event, even if seating is available. If you would like to attend an event after pre‐​registration has closed, you are welcome to register onsite the day of the forum.

Registration to watch online is available until the end of the event.

How do I register for a conference?

To register for a conference, visit www​.cato​.org/​e​v​e​n​t​s​/​u​p​c​oming, then select the conference you would like to attend. You will receive a registration confirmation via email within a few minutes.

You may also register by calling 202–789-5229. Once you have provided the required information (your name, your email address, the conference you would like to attend, and payment information if applicable), you will receive a registration confirmation via email within one business day. You will not be registered for the conference unless payment, when applicable, has been received.

Pre‐​registration for conferences closes two business days before the event. If you would like to attend a conference after pre‐​registration has closed, you are welcome to register on​site the day of the conference.

Do I need to register for an event if I plan to watch it online?

Registration is required only if you will attend the event in person. You can watch the livestream during the event or the archived video at the event’s conclusion. If you would like a reminder email containing the direct link of the event on the day of, pre‐​registration is recommended.

Is there any charge for attending a Cato event?

Policy and book forums are free of charge and open to the public.

Some Cato conferences require a registration fee. Refer to the conference’s page for specific registration fees.

How long will the event last?

Policy and book forums last an hour to 1.5 hours and are often followed by a buffet luncheon or reception for the in‐​person audience.

Conference timing varies. Refer to the conference’s page for conference schedules.

Can I bring a group to an event?

Groups are welcome at in‐​person events, but we ask that you make a reservation well in advance as there is limited space in the F. A. Hayek Auditorium. Last‐​minute requests will be considered based on availability. Email events@​cato.​org or call 202–789-5229 to inquire about group attendance.

Can I record the event myself?

We usually permit both audio and video recording of our events. Email events@​cato.​org or PR@​cato.​org for approval to record the event. Please allow enough time for setup before the event’s start time.

How should I dress?

Business attire is requested at all events at the Cato Institute.

Where is the Cato Institute located?

The Cato Institute is located on the southwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 10th Street at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. (Get directions.)

How do I get to Cato?

Cato is easy to reach by Metro or car. There is metered parking available on 10th Street NW and 11th Street NW. There are also a few nearby parking garages.

Nearby Parking Garages
11th Street NW between K Street NW and L Street NW
K Street NW between 9th Street NW and 10th Street NW

How do I obtain a transcript of a past event?

We do not provide transcripts for events; however, all events can be viewed online. Cato events are archived within a few days after the event, often sooner.

How do I find out about future events?

Events are listed as they are confirmed on Cato’s event page.

How can I request ADA assistance for policy and book forums?

Email events@​cato.​org at least five business days prior to the forum to request assistance during the event. We cannot guarantee requests made less than five business days prior to the event.