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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. 511.org.

Bicycle

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 www.bart.gov 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 2 designated drop off/pick up yellow zones you can use:

  • Yellow Zone on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between Center St. and Allston Way in front of old City Hall Building  (Use 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way address)

Coming From Out of Town? Hotels to Consider

The Hotel Shattuck Plaza, a generous festival partner and community treasure that also happens to be right within the festival footprint, has sold out quickly for the weekend. However, it has a great bar, and houses two of our festival venues, so make sure to visit them, wherever you end up staying. You can also try calling them at 510-845-7300 to check if any rooms have opened up.

Hotel namehotel rates 2019websitephone numberaddress
Hotel Shattuck Plaza$232/night+Link510-845-73002086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Americas Best Value Inn$349/night+Link510-525-67701620 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA
Bancroft Hotel$179/night +Link510-549-10002680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Berkeley Inn$98/night+Link855-516-10901720 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley City Club$255/night +Link510-848-78002315 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley Rodeway Inn$180/night+Link510-848-38401461 University Ave., Berkeley
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel$329/night+Link510-843-300041 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
Courtyard by Mariott$179/night+Link510-652-87775555 Shellmound St, Emeryville
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel$208/night+Link510-548-7920200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley Inn$139/night+Link510-843-40432001 Bancroft Way, Berkekely
Graduate Berkeley $239/night+Link510-845-89812600 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Hilton Garden Inn$204/night+Link510-658-93001800 Powell St, Emeryville
Holiday Inn Express$205night+Link510-548-17001175 University Ave, Berkeley
Hyatt House$229/night+Link510-601-58805800 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Knights Inn$125/night+Link510-845-70901512 University Ave., Berkeley
La Quinta Inn$139/night+Link510-849-1121920 University Ave., Berkeley
Nash Hotel$149/night+ ($99 with shared bathroom)Link510-841-11632045 University Ave., Berkeley
Quality Inn Berkeley$144/night+Link510-841-42421761 University Ave., Berkeley
Rose Garden Inn$190/night+Link510-549-21452740 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley$180/night+ Link510-548-99301538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Super 8 Berkeley$169/night+Link510-841-38441619 University Ave., Berkeley
Travelodge Berkeley $499/night+ Link510-295-22971820 University Ave., Berkeley
UC Faculty Club$150/night+Link510-540-5678UC Berkeley

Airbnb.com and more options can be found at visitberkeley.com

List of Festival Venues

NameLocation
Berkeley City College, Auditorium2050 Center St.
Berkeley Community TheaterBerkeley High School – enter on Allston Way
David Brower Center, Goldman Theater 2150 Allston Way
David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room2150 Allston Way (Upstairs)
Florence Schwimmley Little TheaterBerkeley High School – enter on Allston Way
Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Boiler Room2086 Allston Way (Rear)
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Crystal Ballroom 2086 Allston Way (Front)
La Cocina’s Food Court Stage corner of Allston Way and Milvia Way
Outdoor Fair – M.L.K. Civic Center Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way & Allston
The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center (theater and cabaret)2120 Allston Way
The Magnes Collection 2121 Allston Way
Veterans Memorial Building Auditorium1931 Center Street