Once upon a time in a city called Detroit, there was a festival created to unite the community while bringing awareness and appreciation to all kinds of books. The Detroit Festival of Books, also known as the Detroit Bookfest, was the first ever used and rare books festival in the city of Detroit.
The festival invites bookworms and avid collectors to share in the buying, selling and viewing of books and other items while enjoying food, beer and music.
If this event sounds like a fairytale to you, you’re in luck! Bookfest is back for its third year in a row on Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Eastern Market Shed 3.
Here’s what you can expect from the free, family-friendly festival (But beware, there are spoilers!):
What Is Detroit Bookfest?
The Detroit Bookfest is a celebration of used, rare, antiquarian, unusual and ephemeral books and authors. Community members have the opportunity to become vendors and sell their collectible items, while patrons of all ages can make purchases and look around.
But if you think that Bookfest is only for bookworms, think again. Art, comic books, maps, vintage board games and vinyl records will also be on display and for sale.
The day-long festival is presented by the Detroit Book Club and is sponsored by many local businesses including John K King Used & Rare Books.
Will There Be Food And Drinks?
The Detroit Bookfest will feature a variety of popular food trucks and mobile kitchens including the vegan food truck Nosh Pit, Indian-inspired and Jewish-style deli food truck Nu Deli, Detroit Gourmet Nut Company, Big Dogs Hot Dogs Street Grill, Cosmic Burrito and Cherry Pit BBQ!
A cash bar equipped with beer, wine and liquor will be available to Bookfest attendees who are 21 and up.
What Else Can I Expect?
Not only will DJ Zig-Zag, one of Detroit’s veteran producers, perform his funk music at the festival, but there are additional activities during and after the event.
A free yoga class taught by yoga instructor Elyse Thulin will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Eastern Market, and an official Bookfest afterparty will be held at the Eastern Market Brewing Co. down the street from Eastern Market after the festival ends.
Directions And Parking
Eastern Market Shed 3 is located on Russell Street between Division Street and Adelaide Street near downtown Detroit.
There are many parking options for Bookfest attendees including free and metered street parking, paid lots around the Eastern Market district and a free parking structure next to Eastern Market.
Don’t miss out on the Detroit Bookfest happening on July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Eastern Market. It’s sure to be a bestseller!