How to Attend the Festival

2019 Texas Book Festival Weekend

Saturday, October 26  10:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday evening, October 26: Lit Crawl Austin, Red River District
Sunday, October 27  11:00AM – 5:00PM

Festival Locations

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

Lit Crawl Austin takes place in the Red River district.

The Basics

The Texas Book Festival is FREE to the public. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 300+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 100+ exhibitors, 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 programs. Thank you for your support! 

2019 Maps and Parking (see below for 2019 maps)

2019 Texas Book Festival Grounds Map to come!
2019 Texas Book Festival Parking Map (state garages that are free for attendees)

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 coming soon

Capitol Venues and 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.
  • There are North, East, West, and South entrances to the Capitol. The South entrance facing 11th St. is the busiest, so try another entrance if you see long lines.
  • Capitol Extension – E1 Map
  • Capitol Extension – E2 Map

Additional Festival Venues

  • First Baptist Church (901 Trinity St.)
  • First United Methodist Church Sanctuary (1201 Lavaca Street – enter from Lavaca St.)
  • The Contemporary Austin (700 Congress Avenue)

Attending Sessions

Seating at all venues are first come, first serve. Festival Friends Pass holders have priority seating and signing access for Festival Friends-pass designated sessions only.

Bus & Capital Metro Day Passes

Planning to join us downtown for the Texas Book Festival? While finding parking in downtown Austin can be a challenge, finding a transit line that gets you there is easy! PLUS, on “Super Saturday” October 26, Capital Metro is offering Texas Book Festival attendees a FREE Commuter Day Pass. Simply sign up at https://supersaturdayatx2019.eventbrite.com and you’ll avoid circling the city looking for a spot. Nearby transit stops include 8th/Congress, 8th/Trinity, 8th/Lavaca, 8th/Guadalupe, Republic Square or Austin History Center.
Transit Routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20, 30, 801, 803, and 985 will get you there!

Plan your trip (online): http://www.capmetro.org/planner
Plan your trip (on your smart phone): http://www.capmetro.org/app

Bike

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

Get around town with RideAustin and help support TBF!

RideAustin, an Austin-based nonprofit rideshare service, helps raise money for nonprofits like us—just download the app, choose Texas Book Festival as your roundup recipient, and then whenever you catch a ride with RideAustin, you’re helping support TBF!

Hotels

Need a place to stay while you’re in Austin? We’ve partnered with Hotels for Hope to offer festival-goers exclusive room rates at some of Austin’s finest hotels. Each booking supports the Texas Book Festival! For other helpful travel info and tips, check out Visit Austin.

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 BookPeople Sales Tents. In order to join any signing line at the Texas Book Festival, a purchase must be made in one of the BookPeople Book Sales Tents. A receipt from a BookPeople 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 a BookPeople 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) 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!

Festival Friends Pass

Priority seating at select sessions is reserved for Festival Friends Pass holders. FFP sessions are listed in the printed Festival program. Check out our FFP authors here!

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 at 11th St. and Colorado.

Donate now to secure a Festival Friends Pass. Questions? Call 512.477.4055 or email bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.

Accessibility

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 at 11th and Colorado 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.

Code of Conduct

The Texas Book Festival is committed to providing a safe environment at our events for all attendees who include, but are not limited to, authors, industry professionals, moderators, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, media, and members of the general public, free of harassment, discrimination, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. See our full Code of Conduct here.

Contact Us

Still have questions? 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, directional assistance, and more.