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Bay Area Book Festival

Web: https://www.baybookfest.org/

We’re a world-class literary extravaganza taking place each year over two days in Downtown Berkeley. All our programming—250-300 authors on 15 stages—is accessible with one $15 pass, and our Outdoor Fair, a wonderland of literary vendors, kids’ activities, and family fun, is totally free.


Berkeley, CA


    The festival takes place from
    June 01 to June 02, 2024

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