Attend the Festival


Friday November 4 2016
Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas


Saturday November 5 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday November 6 11:00AM – 5:00PM


Saturday November 5  |  Schedule


The Texas Book Festival is held in and around the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Austin.




The Texas Book Festival is FREE and open to the public.

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.

We are a nonprofit organization. Book sales at the Festival support the two day event and our statewide school and library programming. Thank you for your support! 


Maps and Parking

The Texas Book Festival reserves garages that are free-of -cost for attendees.  As always, metered street parking is available downtown. Download a Festival mapDownload a parking map.

TXBF16 grounds map_FINAL


Walk-in Points of Entry to Festival Grounds

  • 8th Street and Congress
  • 11th Street and Congress
  • 11th Street and San Jacinto
  • 11th Street and Brazos
  • 12th Street and Colorado
  • 13th Street and Colorado
  • Notice of Street Closures


Check CapMetro’s website to plan your trip downtown. There are several drop-off locations near Festival grounds with main routes running through Guadalupe, Lavaca, and Red River Streets. 


Austin B-Cycle has four locations within Festival grounds. Visit their website to learn more about this bike share program. 


Need a place to stay while you’re in Austin? We’ve partnered with Hotels for Hope to offer festival goers an up-to-date guide of availability at some of Austin’s finest hotels. Each booking helps the Festival earn $2 toward our Reading Rock Star literacy program for children in Title I schools in Texas. Thank you!


Festival sessions take place in the Capitol building and in surrounding venues. There are four points of entry to the Capitol. The south entrance off 11th Street is the most crowded. We encourage attendees to make use of the north, east, and west entrances. Seating at all venues if first come, first serve. Priority seating at select sessions will be reserved for Festival Friends Pass holder.

Capitol Rules

  • The Texas Book Festival’s presence in the Capitol is a privilege. Please respect all Capitol rules. No food or drink. Please keep all food and water/drink bottles tucked away in your purse or backpack.

Additional Festival Venues

  • First United Methodist Church Sanctuary (1201 Lavaca Street – enter from Lavaca St.)
  • Central Presbyterian Church (208 E. 8th Street)
  • First Baptist Church (901 Trinity Street)
  • Omni Hotel Downtown (700 San Jacinto Blvd)
  • The Paramount Theatre (719 Congress)
  • The Austin Club (110 E 9th Street)
  • Festival Grounds Map
  • 2016 Festival Schedule



Book sales at the Festival fund the Festival weekend, our Reading Rock Stars program, and our Library Grants initiative. Support the Festival – buy books!

All books by Festival authors are available to purchase in one of the Barnes & Noble Sales Tents (general, children’s, cooking). In order to join any signing line at the Texas Book Festival, a purchase must be made in one of the Barnes & Noble Book Sales Tents. A receipt from a Barnes & Noble Book Sales Tent must be presented in the Book Signing tents and at signing venues.

Our general Festival rule allows festival goers to bring one book from home to be signed, so long as at least one book is purchased in the Barnes & Noble Book Sales Tent. This guideline varies from author to author, however, and depends on a variety of factors, including the length of the signing line, the amount of time an author has to sign books, and the signing guidelines given to us by the author’s publisher. We cannot guarantee that books brought from home will be signed. Volunteers at the signing venues will let you know whether or not additional books are permitted. 

Volunteers in the signing tent will also let you know how many books you may have signed per author, whether photos are permitted, etc. For the most part, only books will be signed, no memorabilia will be permitted. Thank you for cooperating with all signing guidelines!

The majority of book signings will take place in the one of the signing tents (adult, children’s or cooking) immediately following an author’s session. In some cases, authors will sign on site at the venue where he or she presented. Signing information will be provided by moderators at each session. Not sure where someone is signing? Ask a venue volunteer!



Priority seating at select sessions is reserved for Festival Friends Pass holders. FFP sessions are listed in the printed Festival program. 

When you make a donation of $100 or more to Texas Book Festival, we thank you with a Festival Friends Pass. A critical funding stream that helps keep the Festival free for all, a Festival Friends Pass allows you, plus one guest, priority line access at designated Festival Friends Pass sessions and signings. Festival Friends Passes will be mailed up to one week before the Festival, along with your thank you letter. After that, Festival Friends Passes will be available for pick up in the Texas Book Festival Store on 11th Street in front of the Capitol.

Donate now to secure a Festival Friends Pass. Questions? Call 512.477.4055 or email



If you require special accommodations, please contact us here at Texas Book Festival prior to your visit by emailing or by giving us a call: (512) 477-4055.Sign language interpreters are available on a limited basis during the Festival Weekend. If you need an interpreter, please visit the ASL Interpreter Tent located on Congress Avenue between 9th and 10th Street at least thirty minutes before your requested session to check availability.



First Aid, lost and found, directional assistance and general information during the Festival Weekend will be available at the Information Booth located at 11th and Colorado Streets.



Still have questions? Check out our Festival FAQ! Or you can email us or give us a call: (512) 477-4055. General information during the Festival Weekend will be available at the Information Booth located at 11th and Colorado Streets. Services include First Aid, lost & found, and directional assistance.