2019 U.S. Book Festivals

I was looking up festivals to attend this summer and I found a book festival near me. How did I not know that this was a thing?

I thought I would make a list of book festivals for other book lovers out there. I missed a few, but there are still several left for this year, and, most of them are free!

Here is a list of 25 book festivals for 2019, starting in July.


Payson Book Festival | Payson, AZ | July 20

The Payson Book Festival features appearances by authors from around Arizona. The book festival also features book signings and book sellers, projects for kids, presentations, live music, and food.


AJC Decatur Book Festival | Decatur, GA | Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29 – Sept 1

The DBF is free and open to the public. Held over Labor Day weekend each year, the festival takes place in more than a dozen venues throughout downtown Decatur.


Library of Congress National Book Festival | Washington, D.C. | Aug 31

This free event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 25 authors are listed so far for the event.


Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors | Winston-Salem, NC | Sept 5-8

This year is the 15th annual Festival of Books & Authors. The Festival of Books & Authors is a four-day event with over 40 featured authors conducting readings, panel discussions, workshops, and more.  On Saturday there is a free street festival downtown that is fun for all ages.


Penned Con |St. Louis, MO | Sept 12-14

Penned Con is a three day book convention that brings in over 150 authors and over 1,000 readers every year. Activities include workshops, panels and a two day book signing. Each year they donate one hundred percent of the profits to Action for Autism, a charity based in St. Louis.


Kansas Book Festival | Topeka, KS | Sept 14

The 10th Annual Kansas Book Festival will take place at the Kansas State Capitol. The presenting authors will be inside the Capitol building, and the vendors, entertainment, children’s activities, and book signings will be set up outside.


Brooklyn Book Festival | Brooklyn, NY | Sept 16-23

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City. The Festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a Children’s Day, and a Festival Day. There will be more than 300 authors and 250 booksellers filling an outdoor Literary Marketplace.


Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival | Fredericksburg, VA | Sept 21

One of Virginia’s premier book festivals for self-published and independently published authors and the top free literary event in Virginia. The Festival includes a day of events, forums, and speakers including over 100 authors.


History Book Festival | Lewes, DE | Sept 27-28

This is the first-ever book festival devoted exclusively to history books. The Festival is a nonprofit event.


Iowa City Book Festival | Iowa City, IA | Oct 1-6

Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature, and this year is the 11th Iowa City Book Festival. Events will be posted soon.


Harrisburg Book Festival | Harrisburg, PA | Oct 3-6

Featuring celebrity authors, award-winning poets, children’s illustrators, emerging novelists, and acclaimed historians, the Harrisburg Book Festival is the literary destination for book lovers across Pennsylvania.


West Virginia Book Festival | Charleston, WV | Oct 4-5

Come meet the authors, attend writing workshops, and hear readings. There are events for the kids, used book sales, and a marketplace.


Williamsburg Book Festival | Williamsburg, VA | Oct 5

This event includes authors, speakers, illustrators, and publishers from Virginia. There is a Book Fair, 40+ nationally & regionally renowned authors, workshops, and presentations.


South Dakota Festival of Books | Deadwood, SD | Oct 4-6

The South Dakota Festival of Books brings readers and writers together. Join us for book discussions, autograph signings and more.


Twin Cities Book Festival | St. Paul, MN | Oct 12

The largest one-day book gathering in the region. It features hundreds of exhibitors, dozens of presenting authors, and special children’s and youth programming.


Fort Collins Book Festival | Fort Collins, CO | Oct 18-19

This year’s festival is a literary feast for the foodie in all of us! The theme this year is, Food For Thought. The event features local and national authors, food visionaries, and culinary experts.


Vegas Valley Book Festival | Las Vegas, NV | Oct 19

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. This annual festival is the largest literary event in Nevada.


Boston Book Festival | Boston, MA | Oct 19-20

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, unite, delight, and inspire. The Boston Book Festival is an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas.


Hallowread | Ellicott City, MD | Oct 25-26

Hallowread is a book festival for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steam Punk and Horror. Activities include Writing Workshops, book signings, author teas, ghost tours, and paranormal investigations.


Texas Book Festival | Austin, TX | Oct 26-27

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 authors and 100+ exhibitors. There are also local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.


Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books | Waukesha, WI | Nov 1-2

An annual community celebration of literacy and the arts, where local and national authors and readers come together to enjoy presentations, performances, creativity, and conversation.


Baltimore Book Festival | Baltimore, MD | Nov 1-10

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by authors, book signings, and more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers. There are also cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, and projects for kids.


Louisiana Book Festival | Baton Rouge, LA | Nov 2

This year is the 16th annual Louisiana Book Festival. This is your chance to meet exceptional writers while enjoying book-related activities and presentations.


Buckeye Book Fair | Wooster, OH | Nov 2

The annual Buckeye Book Fair is a full-day event featuring nearly 100 Ohio authors and illustrators who meet with readers and autograph copies of their latest works.


Miami Book Fair | Miami, FL | Nov 17-24

With more than 450 author readings, arts-and-crafts, and more than 250 publishers, booksellers, and antiquarians, the Miami Book Fair has been recognized as the nation’s finest literary festival.


Maybe next year I’ll get a list up at the beginning of the year. Are you attending any of these 25 book festivals this year? Have you ever been to a book festival before? Let me know if it’s something I should check out.

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