• Get Tickets

  • Priority Admission Ticket
  • $10
  • Guaranteed seat for a single event
  • General Admission Wristband
  • $15
  • General admission to all events, both days — seating is first-come, first-served
  • Friend of Festival
  • $50
  • Donor level with free General Admission Wristband + other benefits

Indoor Literary Sessions

Priority Ticket $10

Don’t want to miss a special author? Get a ticket for only $10 and jump into the Priority Ticket line to ensure that you get a seat! We start letting in the Priority Ticket line 20 minutes before the session start time. We recommend being in line by then. Important: At 10 minutes before show time, we start letting in the General Admission Wristband line to fill up remaining seats. You must arrive no later than 10 minutes before session start time to guarantee your Priority Ticket seat. Be sure to bring your ticket receipt (printed or on your mobile device) with you to the venue for scanning.

General Admission Wristband $15 Weekend Pass

Roam the festival! Buy a General Admission Wristband and go to as many events that interest you on Saturday and Sunday. The General Admission Wristband line will offer access to all seats after the Priority Ticket 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 seating availability. Bring your PDF ticket (printed or on your mobile device) with you to any Box Office or any venue, and staff will scan your ticket and give you your wristband. Once you have your wristband on, you do not need to be scanned again.

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 complimentary Priority tickets. 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 (or more!) beyond your special one, it’s most economical to get a Priority Ticket for the one, then a General Admission Wristband for roaming the rest. If you want to maximize your time at the festival and be sure to get into all your chosen sessions, the safest bet is to get Priority Tickets for all. We keep ticket prices very low so you can access what you want! You can order everything at the same time on our Tickets page.


For a student discount on the General Admission Wristband: Bring your valid student ID to one of our 3 Box Offices at the festival. Any college student with a valid school ID may use this discount to purchase a wristband. Student wristbands are $5. One order per student. Youth under age 18 do not need a wristband and are admitted free based on available seating at any program. 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 at bampfa.org or at the museum entrance.

How To Get Tickets and/or a Wristband

Go to our Schedule page, select “Get Tickets” for the program you want, and pay. We will send you your ticket. Print and bring your tickets or wristband ticket, 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 ticket 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 Ticket line is for people who have bought a $10 ticket to that session. They go in first, starting at 20 minutes before the program is scheduled to begin. At 10 minutes before the session start time, 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 ticket. 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 you 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.

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

When you pick up your wristbands, you’ll get two physical bands, one labeled Saturday and the other Sunday, for your own personal use.

Can I pick up wristbands for a friend?

Yes, but you’ll have to bring their purchased wristband ticket, 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 Outdoor Stage sessions are free to the public with open seating, first-come, first-served. These sessions are very popular, so arrive early.

I’m having trouble buying tickets online. What should I do?

If you are experiencing difficulty using our ticketing system, it may be related to your internet browser. Please use the best browser available to you or email ticketing@baybookfest.org if you are unable to use a different browser.
Best: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
Good: Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge
Not recommended: Internet Explorer

What do I do if I need an ADA accessible seat, or have any mobility or accessibility needs?

Priority Tickets: We ask that Priority Ticket holders with accessibility requests come to the venue 30 minutes before the program start time and inform the event staff of their request so that they may be seated ahead of the doors opening to all Priority Ticket holders.

General Admission Wristbands: If you are a General Admission Wristband holder with accessibility requests please let our door staff know you are in line and what your needs are, so they can do what they can to help. Seating is not guaranteed for General Admission Wristband holders; General Admission Wristband holders are seated based on first come first served available seating after the Priority Admission line is let in 20 min before the program is scheduled to begin. If you are in the wristband line and we know you’ll be able to get into that session based on pre-sales and your place in line, we are happy to get you in first before we open the door.

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 M.L.K. Civic Center Park (at the corner of Milvia and Allston Way). Box offices will be open from 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can buy author session Priority Tickets or General Admission Wristbands with cash or credit card at any box office, or on your phone anytime for an instant ticket! Wristbands can be picked up at any box office or at the indoor venues right before your session, but are only SOLD at Box Offices.

For additional questions about tickets, please email us at ticketing@baybookfest.org.