Directions & Lodging

Public Transit

Call it the Book Festival Express. BART brings you directly to Downtown Berkeley, right into the heart of the festival. Read your books en route rather than worry about traffic and parking. Check out BART’s Quick Planner. AC Transit also goes right to Downtown Berkeley, and it has a huge network.


The Berkeley Bike Station, 2023 Center St, 510-548-7433, is a safe and convenient place to park your bike. It is not staffed during the weekend, but you can access the BikeLink Secure Parking 24/7. You can find additional parking using the Bike Parking Map from the City of Berkeley

Private Vehicle

Downtown Berkeley has a new parking structure! So now there are two: The Allston Way lot and the new Center Street lot. You can get a map on the City of Berkeley’s transportation site, which also has information about additional lots within walking distance from downtown. On Saturday, most of the residential streets surrounding the festival have restricted two-hour parking; on Sunday, there are no restrictions.

Note that while parking is much better than it used to be, many people still prefer BART because the area around the festival is crowded. Here’s another idea if you want to drive. You could drive to a BART station near the festival, using their parking lot, then just BART in on the Richmond line (only 5-10 minutes to the fest). BART lots are free on weekends. From Marin, consider El Cerrito Plaza BART (huge lot) or North Berkeley (also lots of spaces); from the East Bay, there’s MacArthur (another big lot). Check out for station choices.

Most important: If you’re set on driving, don’t let parking deter you. There are plenty of options.

Ride Share Apps

If you are coming to the Festival and using a ride share service like Lyft or Uber, we have a designated drop off/pick up yellow zone you can use:

  • Yellow Zone on Center St. @ Shattuck (across the street from 2081 Center St. Berkeley)
  • MLK, Jr. Way between Allston & Center

List of Festival Venues

Please note: we will require masks to be worn at all indoor events for the safety of our authors and visitors. Masks are optional at the Outdoor Fair.

BART Plaza Stage Shattuck & Allston
Berkeley Public Library, Children’s Room (4th Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Community Meeting Room (3rd Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Teen Room (1st Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Cornerstone Berkeley2367 Shattuck Ave.
David Brower Center, Goldman Theater 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Upstairs)
Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Magnes Museum2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
Outdoor Fair – M.L.K. Civic Center Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way
Outdoor Fair Activity TentMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park: between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia, and Allston and Center Streets
Residence Inn Berkeley – Ballroom One2121 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Residence Inn Berkeley – Ballroom Two2121 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park: between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia, at Allston/Center Streets
The Marsh, Cabaret 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
The Marsh, Theater 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Word Power StageMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park: between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia, and Allston and Center Streets
Young Readers StageMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park: between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia, and Allston and Center Streets
Hotel nameRoom rates 2023websitephone numberaddress
Festival Hotel Partner:
Residence Inn Berkeley
$255 special rate for festival attendees
(all suite hotel located within the festival footprint)
Link510-982-2100 2121 Center Street
Bancroft Hotel$230Link510-549-10002680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Berkeley InnSold out May 5-7

Link855-516-10901720 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley City Club$530Link510-848-78002315 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel$469Link510-843-300041 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
Sonesta Emeryville$172Link510-652-87775555 Shellmound St, Emeryville
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel$190Link510-548-7920200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley Inn$258Link510-843-40432001 Bancroft Way, Berkekely
Graduate Berkeley $248Link510-845-89812600 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Hilton Garden Inn$175Link510-658-93001800 Powell St, Emeryville
Holiday Inn Express$236Link510-548-17001175 University Ave, Berkeley
Hotel Shattuck Plaza$215Link510-845-73002086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Hyatt House$189Link510-601-58805800 Shellmound St, Emeryville
La Quinta Inn$144Link510-849-1121920 University Ave., Berkeley
Nash Hotel$198Link510-841-11632045 University Ave., Berkeley
Quality Inn Berkeley$133Link510-841-42421761 University Ave., Berkeley
SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley$195Link510-548-99301538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Super 8 BerkeleySold out May 5-7Link510-841-38441619 University Ave., Berkeley
Travelodge Berkeley $169Link510-295-22971820 University Ave., Berkeley
UC Faculty Club$150Link510-540-5678UC Berkeley

Prices are subject to change. and more options can be found at