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2018 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free first-come, first-served admission for most events after Priority Ticket holders are admitted (Priority tickets are $10 per event, or $15 for entire weekend)

MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley) | 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA


2018 Bay Area Book Festival | Berkeley

The Bay Area Book Festival is a free world-class international celebration of the past, present, and future of the book, taking place indoors and outdoors in Berkeley.

Over the weekend of April 28th and 29th, 2018, the fourth annual Bay Area Book Festival will transform downtown Berkeley into a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet.

The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. They have events for kids, writing contests and even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA.

250 diverse authors from the Bay Area, California, the nation, and the world, from prize-winners to stellar emerging voices will take part in inspiring keynotes, provocative interviews, dynamic panels, and other presentations.

All genres will be represented including fiction (literary masters along with popular genre writers); memoir; non-fiction; poetry; and new forms of digital storytelling. All topics will be covered including current events, social justice, international affairs, environment, gender, business, spirituality, sports, and, of course, digital innovation.

2018 Bay Area Book Festival
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, 2018
Downtown Berkeley
Priority Admission Tickets are recommended to avoid lines ($10 per event)

> 2018 Schedule

> 2018 Directions and Lodging

> 2018 Participating Authors & Speakers

You can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.

> 2018 Film & Literature series at BAM/PFA (tickets required – $5-$13)

Major outdoor street fair filling Berkeley’s Civic Center Park and adjacent streets

  • 250 exhibitors and food vendors including the Bay Area’s beloved indie bookstores, publishers, literary magazines, nonprofits, writing programs, book arts, and more.

Children’s Programming

  • Storytelling stage, live story characters, interactive activities, children’s book sales, and exhibitions to promote reading.

Film & Literature Festival

  • Collaboration with Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive to present a film series relating to literature and writing. Tickets ($5-$13) must be purchased directly from BAMPFA or their box office.

Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Free first-come, first-served admission for most events after Priority Ticket holders are admitted (Priority tickets are $10 per event, or $15 for entire weekend)
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Eating & Drinking, Fairs & Festivals, Fun & Games, Geek Event, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops, Literature, Live Music
Address: 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA
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