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Festival FAQs

Where does the Annapolis Book Festival take place?

The Festival takes place on the campus of Key School: 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403. Directions

When will the next Annapolis Book Festival take place?

Saturday, April 9, 2022

What are the Festival hours?

The Festival is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Do I need a ticket for the Festival? How much are tickets?

Admission and parking are free and require no tickets or advance registration. 

How long has the Annapolis Book Festival been running?

The first Festival was held in 2002 and has been held every year (except 2020 due to COVID-19) since then. 

Are there events other than author discussions at the Festival?

Yes! In addition to author presentations, the Festival features a huge used book sale with thousands of books of every genre, live music and entertainment, amazing raffle items, a Scholastic Book sale, and children’s activities.

Are there any events and activities for children?

Within the parameters of COVID-19 safety concerns, there are lots of activities for children throughout the day. Past activities include presentations by children’s book authors, a Tech Village, science magic shows, animal acts, music, and scavenger hunts.

How long do individual events last?

The majority of events last one hour. Check the program for details of when events start and end.

What time will author X be signing?

Most authors sign directly after their event right outside their event room. However, authors presenting in Katharine Hall sign their books directly after their event in the Activity Building.

Can I bring my pet to the Festival?

Only service animals are allowed at the Festival.

Is food available at the Festival?

Yes. There are food trucks and concessions.

Can I get online at the Festival?

Yes. Wifi is available on campus.

Where can I park?

Parking is available on campus and a few blocks away at a playing field. Shuttle service runs between campus and remote parking all day.

Is there handicapped parking and access to buildings?

There are marked handicapped spaces and the buildings are handicapped accessible. If you need any assistance, visit the Information Booth.

When are details about Festival events available?

The Festival is held each year in April. The date is announced on the Festival website the summer before. Information about the Festival begins appearing online and on social media (Facebook, Twitter) in the fall. Check for information as it becomes available.

A schedule of events is posted on the Festival’s website and sent out to the local community a month prior to the event. The schedule of events outlines the authors and their books and contains information about presentations and panels, including times and locations. A printed program of all events is available day-of at the Festival

How can I connect with the Festival?

Connect with the Annapolis Book Festival on Facebook @AnnapolisBook, Instagram @AnnapolisBookFestival, and Twitter @AnnapolisBook. For questions please contact Trish Gallant, Director of Parent Programs and Special Events at 443.321.7820;