Attend the Festivals

2016 TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL

Saturday October 1
St. Edward’s University Attendee info

FIRST EDITION LITERARY GALA

Friday November 4 2016
Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas |  Buy Tickets

2016 TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL WEEKEND

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

LIT CRAWL AUSTIN

Saturday November 5  |  Schedule

FESTIVAL LOCATION

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

2016 AUTHOR LINEUP  |  2016 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE  |  AUSTIN HOTELS  |  MAP OF FESTIVAL GROUNDS

 

THE BASICS

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! 

For information about attending the Texas Teen Book Festival on October 1, visit the TTBF website.

 

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL

Parking

Parking garage information and map will be available Fall 2016. As always, metered street parking is available downtown.

Bus

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. 

Bike

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

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

Hotels

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!

 

ATTENDING SESSIONS

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 and House Chamber Rules

  • No food or drink. Please keep all food and water/drink bottles tucked away in your purse or backpack.
  • Nothing, and we mean nothing (purses, backpacks, books, pens, feet, etc.), may be placed on top of the Representatives’ desks on the House Chamber floor. These are historic pieces and must be protected. Violators will be escorted out immediately by a DPS officer, with no exceptions. These are the rules we need to abide by, so we appreciate everyone’s cooperation!
  • Because of the emphasis conveyed to the Book Festival about limiting traffic on the House Chamber floor, we need to limit the capacity there. We have been asked not to max out the capacity on the Floor so we will not fill the perimeter seats to capacity. Again, thanks for your understanding.
  • Limit photography and video throughout the Capitol and in the House Chamber. Absolutely no flash photography.

Additional Festival Venues

  • First United Methodist Church Sanctuary (1201 Lavaca Street – enter from Lavaca St.)
  • First United Methodist Church Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca Street)
  • Central Presbyterian Church (208 E. 8th Street)
  • First Baptist Church (901 Trinity Street)
  • Omni Hotel Downtown (700 San Jacinto Blvd)
  • The Austin Club (110 E 9th Street)
  • The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center
  • Festival Grounds Map
  • 2016 Festival Schedule

 

BOOK SALES & SIGNINGS

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). Books signed at Texas Book Festival must be purchased from the Barnes & Noble Book Sales Tents. A receipt from a Barnes & Noble Book Sales Tent must be presented in the Book Signing tents.

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!

Guidelines for each individual signing vary by author. Volunteers in the signing tent will let you know how many books you may have signed per author, whether photos are permitted, etc. Thank you for cooperating with all signing guidelines!

 

FESTIVAL FRIENDS PASS

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 bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.

 

DISABILITY SERVICES

If you require special accommodations, please contact us here at Texas Book Festival prior to your visit by emailing bookfest@texasbookfestival.org 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 & INFORMATION

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.

 

FAQ

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.