• Get Tickets

  • Priority Admission Ticket
  • $8
  • Guaranteed seat for a single event
  • General Admission Wristband
  • $15
  • General admission to all events, both days — first-come, first-served
  • Friend of Festival
  • $50
  • Donor level with free General Admission Wristband + other benefits

Indoor Literary Sessions

Priority Admission Ticket $8

Don’t want to miss a special author? Guarantee your seat to that particular session! Get a ticket for only $8 and jump into the Priority Admission line. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the session’s start time.

General Admission Wristband $15 weekend daypass:

Roam the festival! Buy a General Admission Wristband and go to any event that interests you, anytime Saturday and Sunday daytime. The General Admission line is allowed in after the Priority Admission line is let in. General Admission seating begins 10 minutes before the session start time. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on availability.

Friend of Festival

Become a Friend starting at $50, get a free General Admission Wristband and other discounts— and support the nonprofit festival at the same time! Our Donate page gives details and allows you to purchase your Friend membership with wristband. Higher Friend levels also include codes for free tickets (emailed separately). Check out the options!

Tip: Want guaranteed seats for a particular session but just to drop into others?

If you’d like the option to see at least two sessions beyond your special one, it’s most economical to get a Priority Admission Ticket for the one, then a General Admission Wristband for roaming the rest. You can order both at the same time on our Tickets page.


Show your current student ID at any box office and we’ll give you a General Admission Wristband, which will get you into events where there is available seating. If you want to guarantee a seat for a particular event, you’ll need to get a Priority Admission ticket.

Film Screenings

All film screenings at BAMPFA during evenings or Saturday and Sunday afternoons are ticketed separately by BAMPFA. Tickets can be purchased starting May 1 at bampfa.org or at the museum entrance.

How To Get Tickets and/or Wristband

Go to our Tickets page (hosted by Eventbrite), select what you want, and pay. Eventbrite will send you a confirmation. Print and bring your tickets or wristband confirmation, or have them ready to show on your digital device. Tickets will be scanned at the door. For a wristband (including a Friend membership), take your confirmation to any venue or any of three Box Offices at the event, and we’ll put a wristband on you.


What can I expect at each venue?

All indoor venues will have two lines. The Priority Admission line is for people who have bought a $8 ticket to that session. They go in first. At 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to start, the General Admission Wristband line goes in and takes all the rest of the seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Note, there will be no free standby.

But what if I didn’t get a wristband or ticket in advance and just show up at the venue?

You’ll still need either a ticket (if you want to join the Priority Line) or a wristband (for the General Admission line). But you can buy them on the spot via our Tickets page on your phone and just show your confirmation. Or, go to the closest Festival Box Office (see locations below) and get tickets or a wristband, then return to the venue.

It’s the day of the event and I don’t want to use my phone to buy tickets or a wristband, but I want to go to indoor sessions.

You can purchase tickets and wristbands at any of our three Box Offices on site (see locations below).

I’ll have a wristband, but I don’t want to bother to wait in line if there’s no chance of getting in.

Can I get information in advance about a session’s capacity? Definitely. If a session is sold out, we’ll say that on the Schedule page on our website. Or, go to any of the three Festival Box Offices on the day of the event, and staff can inform you about the event’s status. Or, go directly to the venue, and the door staff will give you a sense of capacity. We’ll monitor the General Admission line at each event and will inform people about any prospective cutoff.

Can I pick up the wristband in advance?

Yes! Bring your Eventbrite confirmation pages to our Production Headquarters at 2015 Center St. on Friday, June 2, between 10am – 2pm.

I’m coming to the Festival both days. Do I have to keep my Wristband on overnight? What if I take off Saturday night but plan to return Sunday? Do I have to go to the Box Office again?

Yes! You must bring your confirmation from eventbrite to get another wristband.

Can I pick up Wristbands for a friend?

Yes, but you’ll have to bring their Eventbrite confirmations, and each will get scanned and can’t be used again.

I want to go to an event scheduled for the outdoor stage. Do I need tickets or a wristband?

No, the tent is open seating, first-come, first-served. Capacity is 300.

Festival Box Office Locations

You’ll find three box offices located throughout the festival for easy access: at The Freight & Salvage, at the Brower Center, and at Civic Center Park. Box offices will be open from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can buy author session tickets or General Admission Wristbands with cash or credit card. Wristbands can also be picked up at any of the indoor venues right before your session or on Friday, June 2, from 11am-2pm at Production Headquarters at 2015 Center Street.