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Bay Area Book Festival


  • Berkeley, California (map)

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California.

Whether youโ€™re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of childrenโ€™s literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!

The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create a premier literary experience. The Festival is a two-day event complete with sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer art installations, events for kids, and writing contests. We even have a mini film festival โ€” a series of ten films on literature โ€” with BAMPFA. We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits.

For a student discount on the General Admission Wristband: Bring your valid student ID to one of our 3 Box Offices at the festival. Any college student with a valid school ID may use this discount to purchase a wristband. Student wristbands are $5. One order per student. Youth under age 18 do not need a wristband and are admitted free based on available seating at any program. If you want to guarantee a seat for a particular event, youโ€™ll need to get a Priority Admission ticket.

Earlier Event: April 28
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Later Event: April 28
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