• 2020 Outdoor Fair

Bay Area Book Festival

Free Outdoor Fair

Downtown Berkeley
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
11am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday

2020 Stages at Outdoor Fair:

San Francisco Chronicle Stage, StoryTime Circle, Word Power Stage, Young Readers Stage

Schedules and details coming in mid March

The festival’s free Outdoor Fair is a lively, immersive experience jam-packed with fun and exploration for festivalgoers of all ages and interests. The heart of Northern California’s largest weekend literary event beckons book lovers to meet favorite authors, discover new reads, catch live performances on four outdoor stages, relax and unwind, and enjoy fresh, local food.

Nearly 200 exhibitors including acclaimed and emerging authors will be joined by an eclectic array of independent booksellers, publishers, poets, book artists and thought leaders from all over the region, nation and the world.

Anchored by a 600-seat outdoor stage with prominent literary talent hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, the festival offers stage programming surrounded by a park full of on-site exhibitors.

Children and families can create their own books, make original art with found objects, and participate in a wide range of STEM and STEAM activities in the Family Fun Zone. Details about our wonderful interactive exhibitors to be announced in March.


We are thrilled about the continuing partnership with La Cocina to bring sustainably-sourced, mouth-watering eats to the festival. The nationally-recognized nonprofit incubator kitchen has pioneered a movement to help mostly women of color and immigrants cultivate food businesses.


Take a break from the hustle and bustle in the outdoor fair’s myriad reading outdoor nooks and lounges.


Geared toward children and tweens, this new stage is where lively readings and discussions, illustrator demos and other book-related fun will take place. The afternoon program will be dedicated to middle grade readers with an exciting, interactive program in which tweens act as moderators and interviewers. Topics range from pirates and spies to taking a stand and breaking the rules.


This eclectic program for all ages will feature poetry, author duels and community conversation. Groove with fabulous local talent – the stage will be full of inspiring, fun-filled programming; details to be announced in March.


Youngsters will be entertained and inspired as they tune in for read-alouds from authors and illustrators of their favorite books. This intimate setting allows children to fully immerse themselves in the stories and visuals up close. Readers will be announced in March and are slated to include some fabulous folks.