With more than 100,000 attendees, 450 authors and more than 300 exhibitors, the annual Tucson Festival of Books is easily one of the top five book festivals in the United States, attracting the interests of book lovers from across Southern Arizona and the nation.
Hosted on the University of Arizona campus and sponsored by the UA and the Arizona Daily Star, the festival is free and open to the public, providing a wide array of educational and book-related events, including author signings and presentations, writing workshops, vendor booths, food and refreshments from Tucson-area eateries, and more.
All proceeds from the Tucson Festival of Books are donated to support local literacy groups, including Literacy Connects, The Reading Seed and UA BookStores' own WALK (Wildcats Advocating for Literacy and Knowledge) Storybook Character Hour events.
Free public parking is typically available in the University's surface lots and in six garages: Cherry Avenue, Highland Avenue, Main Gate, Park Avenue, Sixth Street and Tyndall Avenue. (The Second Street garage is reserved.) Because the University will be on spring break, festival participants and spectators won't be competing with students for parking. Free public Wi-Fi is available on campus, and the festival offers a full food court along with snack vendors.
A comprehensive festival guide will be printed in the Arizona Daily Star shortly before the festival.