How To Attend the 2023 Texas Book Festival

No registration is required to attend. Events are FREE and open for all to enjoy! There are three ticketed sessions for authors Michael Cunningham, Roxane Gay, and Stacey Abrams. Ticket holders receive session and signing line access as well as a copy of the featured author’s book at their ticketed session. View our 2023 Festival Map here!


Free parking is available in State Lot parking garages on San Jacinto and 15th Streets

  • Accessible parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd. If you require special accommodations, please contact the Texas Book Festival prior to your visit at 512-477-4055 or
  • Cap Metro is providing Festival attendees with free day passes!
    • Request your pass using this form
    • Quantities are limited. Request your pass before November 8. Riders under the age of 18 and UT students ride free! Simply present a valid ID.


Book Sales and Signing

BookPeople is the Texas Book Festival’s official bookseller. BookPeople will be on-site selling books for all featured Festival authors in the Main Book Sales Tent and Children’s Book Sales/Signing Tent, both on Congress Avenue. You can also buy Festival books year-round at the BookPeople TBF online store.


Book Sales Tent Hours:

Saturday: 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. | Sunday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.


Festival Friends

Festival Friends are donors who support our mission and programs with an annual donation of $100 or more. We thank Festival Friends with priority seating and signing at Festival Friends Pass-designated sessions. Festival Friends help us keep the Festival free for all, put books on library shelves across Texas, and fund literacy programming for students across the state of Texas.  Become a Festival Friend today! It is best to donate in advance, but you can also make your donation and pick up your Friends Pass at the Festival at the TBF Store.



Want to help support literacy in Austin and Texas and love giving back to your community? Join our volunteer army who make the Festival happen. Volunteer for two hours, or all day, or all weekend! Check out our Volunteer Shifts to volunteer for the 2023 Festival Weekend.


TBF Store

The official 2023 Texas Book Festival Poster and poster t-shirts will be on sale in the TBF Store on 11th Street. This year’s poster features artwork by Jon Flaming.