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Bay Area Book Festival Berkeley, USA - 03 June 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Downtown Berkeley Station

nearest airport:
San Francisco Airport (SFO)

nearest train station:
Downtown Berkeley BART Station

Getting to The Bay Area Book Festival


  • Fly into San Francisco Airport (SFO) or Oakland Airport (OAK).


  • From San Francisco or Oakland Airports take BART towards Richmond. 
  • The trip from either SFO or OAK via BART only takes about an hour.


  • BART is the Bay Area rapid transit system.
  • Use BART for easy access to the book festival area.
  • Downtown Berkeley BART station is at the heart of the action.


  • AC Transit buses provide service to/from anywhere in the East Bay.
  • Dial 511 to hear up-to-date departure times for all local bus lines.



Free events, Pay per event
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Weekend pass0FREE entry to presentations, interviews, panels, film screenings, readings.
Bay Area Book Festival Tickets
  • It’s mostly FREE! 
  • Contributions are welcome.
  • BABF Contributions
  • Top events may be ticketed.

Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival

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Berkeley, USA

Downtown Berkeley
37.871049, -122.267639
type of festival
start Sat, 03 June 2017
end Sun, 04 June 2017

Bay Area Book Fest: Book-FreeForALL

Bay Area Book Festival, is a free weekend with 300+ international writers; the second-largest literary festival on the West Coast, featuring renowned authors like native American poet-author-filmmaker Sherman Alexie, multi-genre writer Rebecca Solnit, Mexican playwright Carmen Boullosa and essayist Pico Iyer who deliver 100+ lectures, interviews and panel discussions. Local artists & musicians perform on and off-stage, with 2 stages designated for kid/teen readings + lectures by young adult fiction writers. Bookstores, restaurants & vendors sell wares in street stalls along 10 city blocks, while lectures, keynote presentations and interviews unfold at a dozen indoor & outdoor host venues in the arts district of downtown Berkeley California.


Bay Area Book Fest: Book-FreeForALL

The Bay Area Book Fest began in 2015 as a family-friendly literary weekend that’s walkable, spanning ten square blocks in the arts district (between Shattuck & Milvia) + about a dozen indoor venues (like the David Brower Center) and outdoor areas including Civic Center Park adorned with giant inflated trees + stages for kid & teen events.


One outstanding feature of this book fest is Lacuna (a blank space or missing part) – a giant piece of functional installation art designed by Flux Foundation: an outdoor library erected entirely from 50,000 books (albeit some are tatty old library discards) that any of the 50,000 bookworms sauntering past can take for free! It’s a Bay Area book-free-for-all.

Writer’s Row & Maker’s Lane

Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior and China Men), young-adult author Judy Blume (fame for titles like menstruation and masturbation) and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) have all been featured keynote guests. Panels & presentations range from the legacy of naturalist John Muir to the do’s and don’ts of cookbook writing, plus a bit about the perks of self-publishing for Writer’s Row & Maker’s Lane fans.

Edible Brainfood

Hungry bookworms can snack on edible brain-food, including Californian vegetarian treats, from stalls & trucks that line the streets, or sit & sip and read at the summer Beer & Wine Gardens in sunny Berkeley California.

BABF is a weekend Bay Area Book Free-for-all for bookworms in Berkeley!

contributor: Robin Babb
published: 08 February 2016
updated: 17 October 2016
Age: Family, a family event with something for everyone
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Ambiance: urban, street
Features: talks & debates, readings & authors

Bay Area Book Festival Details

  • BABF takes up about 10 blocks in Downtown Berkeley.
  • The hub is just a block from the University of California, Berkeley. 


  • Berkeley Reperatory Theatre
  • Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse


BABF partners with organizations, school & libraries like:

  • Berkeley Public Library
  • Bay Area Adult Literacy Program
  • Internet Archive


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Beds & Eats


Bay Area Book Festival Accommodation

Places to stay near BABF:


Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Kids Zone
Accessibility: yes
Bay Area Book Festival Amenities
  • Open air food court
  • Californian vegetarian dishes
  • Book stalls
  • Port-a-johns
Restaurants Nearby



start Sat, 03 June 2017
end Sun, 04 June 2017
Bay Area Book Festival Dates
  • The Book Festival is held over a weekend in June. 

Season & Weather

Season: Summer
Temperature: 11 to 23 °C

June in Berkeley is mild & sunny. At night temperatures can drop to about 11 °C, but during the day it’s perfect walking-about weather.



Bay Area Book Festival Contact
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  • Bay Area Book Festival: 1563 Solano Ave. 635, Berkeley, California, USA.
  • San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate): 901 Mission St. San Francisco, California, USA.
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