• 2019 Outdoor Fair

Bay Area Book Festival
Outdoor Fair

Downtown Berkeley
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park

The Bay Area Book Festival outdoor fair is a lively, immersive experience where readers meet writers as diverse communities gather to celebrate and share a love of books and reading.  Celebrating our fifth anniversary, the festival’s free outdoor fair continues to evolve, inspiring and engaging festivalgoers of all ages and backgrounds.

2019 highlights include: hundreds of emerging authors, booksellers and book artists; a broad array of children’s and young adult authors; a large outdoor stage sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle; a new exhibition showcasing German literature, art and culture; the triumphant return of Grammy-nominees Alphabet Rockers; a special focus on the “slow” food movement; and a colorful “reading garden” perfect for cozying up with a new book.

Festivalgoers are invited to meet and converse with scores of emerging authors, as well as publishers, independent booksellers, literary organizations, local libraries, and more. A large outdoor stage sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle hosts prominent literary talent. Popular middle grade, and young adult authors are also featured ─ and new this year ─ Literary Death Match, a competitive, humor-centric reading series taking the nation by storm through its thrilling mix of famous and emerging authors competing to showcase literature as a brilliant, unstoppable medium.

Two-time Grammy-nominees Alphabet Rockers are returning to host another fun-filled program of hip hop, author presentations, craft-making, community conversation and action. The beloved Oakland, California-based group sparks an intergenerational conversation about the world through hip hop music and dance. Partnering with anti-bias thought leaders, their music is the soundtrack for social justice. It’s time to be WOKE!

The outdoor fair is also jam-packed with fun, enriching activities inviting children and families to create their own books, make handmade art with found objects, play on a giant scrabble board, participate in a wide range of STEM and STEAM activities, and find treasures at the annual free book give-away. A “reading garden” with reading nooks inside giant inflatable flowers and other cozy spots will beckon youngsters and their families to cozy up with a good book ─ another great way to share a love of reading.