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Outdoor Fair

Includes Chronicle Stage, German Pavilion, exhibitors, all children’s programming, and more

The Festival’s Outdoor Fair is a lively, immersive experience where readers meet writers and diverse communities gather to celebrate a love of books and reading. More than 200 literary exhibitors will delight you, free stages present acclaimed authors, and performances and fun activities for all ages abound. This year, a German Pavilion highlights the literature and attractions of that country (stop by to learn a bit of German, too). At the Center for the Art of Translation/Poetry Inside Out booth, try your hand at translating poetry, guided by experts!


Just show up and enjoy the weekend with us.

Indoor Literary Programs

You can access our scheduled programming with authors by purchasing a General Admission Wristband or a Priority Admission Ticket, or a combination of both. Read below to find out what’s best for you!

  • General Admission Wristband
  • $15
  • General admission to all events, both days — seating is first-come, first-served

General Admission Wristband – $15 Weekend Pass

Buy a General Admission Wristband and go to any indoor program on both Saturday and Sunday. The General Admission Wristband offers space-available access to all seats after the Priority Ticket holders are let in. General Admission seating begins 10 minutes before the program start time. Admission is first-come, first-served. Read below for how to obtain your Wristband.

Want guaranteed seats for a particular session? Get a Priority Admission Ticket!
Popular sessions can and do sell out ahead of time.

Priority Admission Ticket – $10 Single Program Ticket

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! Priority Ticket seating begins 20 minutes before the event start time. Bring your ticket (printed or on your digital device) with you to the venue for scanning.

Important: You must arrive no later than 10 minutes before program start time to guarantee your Priority Admission Ticket seat. At 10 minutes before show time, we admit the General Admission Wristband line.

Tips: You don’t need a General Admission Wristband to purchase Priority Admission Ticket(s). But if you like the idea of roaming the Festival, potentially seeing more programs beyond your Priority Ticket choices, also get a Wristband if you’re fine with General Admission for those other programs. If, however, you want to maximize your time at the Festival and be sure to get into all your chosen programs, the safest bet is to get Priority Tickets for all of them. (Many people do — one reason we keep prices low!) You can purchase everything at the same time on our Tickets page. Check out our ticketing FAQ for additional information.

How To Get Tickets and/or a Wristband

Tickets will be released in mid-March

For tickets, go to our Schedule page, select “Get Tickets” for the program(s) you want, and follow the instructions to check out. You can also add Wristband(s) when you check out. Your ticket(s) and/or Wristband redemption ticket(s) will be emailed to you from ticketing@baybookfest.org. Priority Tickets will be scanned at the door, so bring your PDF ticket (printed or on your digital device) with you to the venue.
If you want only a Wristband, click the Wristband link above. Your Wristband redemption ticket(s) will be emailed to you from ticketing@baybookfest.org. Take your Wristband redemption ticket to any venue or any of the three box offices at the event, where your redemption will be scanned and a volunteer will put a wristband on you.
You can also purchase Priority Tickets and General Admission Wristbands from one of our four box offices throughout the Festival weekend. See below for box office locations.


We offer discounts on General Admission Wristbands for people under 18 and college students. To guarantee a seat for a particular event, you’ll need to get a Priority Ticket (at regular price).
Under 18: You do not need a wristband and will be admitted free based on available seating at any program. You may also stop by one of our four box offices to get a free General Admission Wristband, which will eliminate the step of you having to show ID at every venue.
College students: You can purchase a General Admission Wristband from one of our four box offices for only $5 with valid student ID. One per student.

Friend of Festival

Become a Friend of the Festival starting at $50 to get a free General Admission Wristband and support the Festival at the same time! The more you give, the more you get — including Priority Tickets and invitations to special events. Check out the options and donate here!

Festival Box Office Locations

You’ll find four box offices located throughout the festival for easy access: at The BART Plaza, The Freight & Salvage, The Brower Center, and M.L.K. Jr. 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 Priority Tickets to individual sessions or General Admission Wristbands with cash or credit card at any box office, or on your phone any time for an instant ticket! General Admission Wristbands can be picked up at any box office or at the indoor venues right before your program, but are only SOLD at box offices.

For additional questions about tickets, please visit our FAQ or email us at ticketing@baybookfest.org.