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2022 “Bay Area Book Festival” Free Outdoor Fair (Berkeley)

The festival’s free Outdoor Fair is a lively, immersive experience jam-packed with fun and exploration for festivalgoers of all ages and interests. The heart of Northern California’s largest weekend literary event beckons book lovers to meet favorite authors, discover new reads, catch live performances on four outdoor stages, relax and unwind, and enjoy fresh, local food.

Bay Area Book Festival
Free Outdoor Fair

Downtown Berkeley
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
11am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8, 2022

Click here for the Outdoor Fair Map,

2022 Stages at Outdoor Fair:
San Francisco Chronicle Stage, StoryTime Circle, Word Power Stage, Young Readers Stage

Nearly 150 exhibitors including acclaimed and emerging authors will be joined by an eclectic array of independent booksellers, publishers, poets, book artists and thought leaders from all over the region, nation and the world.

Anchored by a 600-seat outdoor stage with prominent literary talent hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, the festival offers stage programming surrounded by a park full of on-site exhibitors. The outdoor fair features three additional stages geared largely toward young readers: Young Readers Stage for middle grade and teens; Word Power Stage for all ages with special programming for teens and young adults; and Storytime Circle for youngsters. In addition a powerful music and poetry showcase will be held both days in the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza sponsored by Downtown Berkeley Association and KPFA 941. For the full Poetry in the Plaza lineup, click here!

Children and families can create their own books, make original art with found objects, and participate in a wide range of STEM and STEAM activities in the Family Fun Zone.

After two years of virtual programming, the 8th annual Bay Area
Book Festival will bring back its literary magic and the signature community vibe that attendees
have come to love. This year, the Festival will be offering 70 indoor programs and 27 programs
on the outdoor stages in addition to activating more outdoor spaces in new and creative ways.
Come meet some of the most perceptive, spellbinding, lauded authors and thinkers of today,
writing in many genres representing a wide diversity of backgrounds. We’ll celebrate being
together around literature: readers meeting writers, writers at last connecting in person with
readers, and everyone taking their literary passions from the page into the public. The full
schedule of virtual and in-person programs will go live Friday, April 8th on the Festival website:
baybookfest.org. For Covid precautions, visit: https://www.baybookfest.org/faq/#COVID22.
For the programs aimed at adults, the $15 Weekend Pass (Wristband) provides access to all indoor
programs on both Saturday and Sunday. The $12 Priority Admission Ticket guarantees a seat for a
single event. Can’t make it to the Bay? Access the live virtual stream for $5 per device from
anywhere, or opt for a $20 “Watch Later” Pass, which will grant access to re-watch programs for a
month after the recordings are released. Discounts are available to students, and admission is free
for ages under 18. Adult programs run from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm PT. More information on youth
programs, all of which are free, can be found in the press release devoted to youth programs.


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