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Book Festivals

Here at Teenreads.com we love a good book festival.  There's no better way to spend a day (or a few days) than by listening to your favorite authors discuss their newest books and meeting fellow booklovers who can share their own recommendations.

Book festivals take place all year round in a variety of towns and cities, so we've done our best to compile a comprehensive list, but if you think we're missing one, email Rebecca@bookreporter.com with the name of the festival, its dates and location, and a link to the official website.

Please note that the festivals listed below may not feature YA authors exclusively, but each one has an exciting and diverse selection of YA authors for at least a portion of their programming.


March 2019
 

Murfreesboro, TN: Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
Date: March 7-9
Website: https://www.seyabookfest.com/

Ontario, CA: Ontario Teen Book Fest
Date: March 9
Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/

Palm Beach, FL: Palm Beach Book Festival
Dates: March 15-16
Website: http://www.palmbeachbookfestival.com/

Waukegan, IL: Illinois Reads Book Festival
Date: March 16
Website: http://illinoisreads.org/events.html

Warrensburg, MO: Children's Literature Festival
Date: March 17-19
Website: http://clf.ucmo.edu/

Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Festival of the Book
Dates: March 20-24
Website: http://www.vabook.org/index.html/

Washington, D.C.: Apollycon
Dates: March 21-24
Website: http://www.apollyconevent.com/

Irving, TX: North Texas Teen Book Festival
Dates: March 22-23
Website: http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/

New York, NY: New York City Teen Author Festival
Date: March 24-31
Website: http://nyctaf.com/

Arlington, VA: NoVa Teen Book Festival
Date: March 30
Website: http://novateenbookfestival.com/

League City, TX: Teen Book Con
Dates: March 30
Website: http://www.teenbookcon.org/

 

April 2019
 

Chicago, IL: Chicago Young Adult Book Festival
Dates: April 6
Website: http://chiyabookfest.com/

Denver, CO: Colorado Teen Literature Conference
Dates: April 13
Website: http://coteenlitconf.wixsite.com/ctlc

Montgomery, AL: Alabama Book Festival
Dates: April 13
Website: http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/welcome.html

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Dates: April 13-14
Website: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Bowling Green, KY: Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Dates: April 26-27
Website: https://sokybookfest.org/programs/childrens-day/

Columbus, OH: Ohioana Book Festival
Dates: April 27
Website: http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/

Mendota Heights, MN: Twin Cities Teen Lit Con
Date: April 27
Website: https://teenlitcon.org/

 

May 2019

Santa Monica, CA: YALLWest
Dates: May 3-4
Website: https://www.yallwest.com/

Hudson NY: Hudson Children's Book Festival
Dates: May 4
Website: http://hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com/

Kansas City, MO: Lit Up Teen Book Festival
Dates: May 4
Website: http://litupfestival.org/

Berkeley, CA: Bay Area Book Festival
Dates: May 4-5
Website: https://www.baybookfest.org/teen/

Gaithersburg, MD: Gaithersburg Book Festival
Date: May 18
Website: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

Rochester, NY: Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival
Dates: Canceled
Website: https://www.teenbookfest.org/

 

June 2019

New York, NY: BookCon
Dates: June
Website: http://www.thebookcon.com/

Queens, NY: Queens Book Festival Youth Day
Date: June
Website: http://www.queensbookfestival.nyc/home

 

August 2019

 

Easton, PA: YA Fest PA
Dates: August 10
Website: http://yafestpa.com/

Jackson, MS: Mississippi Book Festival
Date: August 17, 2019
Website: http://msbookfestival.com/

Decatur, GA: Decatur Book Festival
Dates: August 30 – September 1
Website: https://www.decaturbookfestival.com

Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress National Book Festival
Date: August 31
Website: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

 

 

September 2019

 

Orlando, FL: BookNet Fest 
Dates: September 6-7
Website: http://www.booknetfest.com

Winston-Salem, NC: Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors
Dates: September
Website: http://www.bookmarksnc.org/

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Book Festival
Date: September
Website: http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/

Bedford, PA: Allegheny Regional Festival of Books
Dates: September
Website: http://alleghenyregionalfestivalofbooks.org/

Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Loves YA
Dates: September
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pasadenalovesya/

Boston, MA: Boston Teen Book Festival
Date: September 22
Website: http://www.bostonteenauthorfestival.com/

St. Louis, MO: BookFest St. Louis
Date: September
Website: http://bookfeststl.com

Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Book Festival
Dates: September
Website: http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/

Fredericksburg, VA: Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival
Date: September
Website: http://www.fredbookfest.com

Chattanooga, Tennessee: YA-hoo Fest
Dates: September
Website: https://www.yahoofest.org/

Costa Mesa, CA: Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Date: September
Website: http://kidsbookfestival.com

 

October 2019

 

Brookings and Sioux Falls, SD: South Dakota Festival of Books
Dates: October 3-6
Website: http://sdhumanities.org/festival-of-books/

Chappaqua, NY: Chappaqua Children's Book Festival
Date: October 5
Website: http://www.ccbfestival.org/

Morristown, NJ: Morristown Festival of Books
Dates: October 11-12
Website: http://morristownbooks.org/

Las Vegas, NV: Las Vegas Book Festival
Dates: October 19
Website: http://www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/

Collingswood, NJ: Collingswood Book Festival
Date: October
Website: http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com/

Austin, TX: Texas Teen Book Festival
Date: October
Website: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/texas-teen-book-festival/

Fairfax, VA: Fall for the Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: http://fallforthebook.org/

Nashville, TN: Southern Festival of Books
Dates: October
Website: http://humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

Sheboygan, WI: Sheboygan Teen Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: https://www.sheboyganteenbookfestival.org/

Bowling Green, Kentucky: YAS Book Con
Dates: October
Website: https://2018.yasbookcon.org/

Greenville, SC: Read Up, Greenville
Date: October
Website: http://readupgreenville.com/

Cincinatti, OH: Books by the Banks
Date: October
Website: http://booksbythebanks.org/teen-scene/

Naperville, Illinois: Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference
Dates: October
Website: https://www.andersonsbookshop.com/young-adult-literature-conference

Pickerington, Ohio: Pickerington Teen Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: https://pickeringtonlibrary.org/event/pickerington-teen-book-fest-2018/

Austin, TX: Texas Book Festival
Dates: October
Website: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/

 

November 2019
 

Littleton, CO: Colorado Teen Book Con
Date: November
Website: http://www.tatteredcover.com/colorado-teen-book-con

Charlotte, NC: Epic Fest
Date: November
Website: https://foundation.cmlibrary.org/epicfest

Charleston, SC: YALLFest
Dates: November
Website: http://www.yallfest.org/

Buffalo, NY: WNY Children’s Book Expo
Date: November
Website: http://www.monkeysread.com/wnycbe-home

Portland, OR: Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock)
Date: November
Website: https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/pdxbookfest/

Miami, FL: Miami Book Fair
Dates: November
Website: https://www.miamibookfair.com/

Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Book Fair
Date: November
Website: https://www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html

 

January 2020
 

Belmont, CA: YANovCon
Date: January
Website: https://smcl.org/yanovcon/

 

February 2020
 

Philadelphia, PA: The African American Children’s Book Fair
Date: February
Website: http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org/

Corpus Christie, TX: Teen Book Fest By The Bay
Date: February
Website: http://www.teenbookfestbythebay.org/

Detroit, MI: Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo 2019
Date: February
Website: http://www.detroitbookcity.com/expo-2019

 

March 2020
 

Tucson, AZ: Tucson Festival of Books
Date: March
Website: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/