5 Reasons to Attend the Baltimore Book Festival

  • By Megan Bosse
  • September 18, 2017

This FREE, weekend-long event returns to the Inner Harbor on Sept. 22-24th! Here's why you don’t want to miss it.














  1. The chance to meet and connect with 500+ authors. The great thing about the Baltimore Book Festival is that authors don’t just sign their books then leave. Each presenting author interacts with the audience by sharing their stories and opening up the floor for Q&As. Participating authors include Michael Eric Dyson, Chimamanda Adichie, Southern Charm’s Patricia Altschul, Virginia Hanlon Grohl (mother of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl), Alice McDermott, and more. 

  2. There’s a whole stage dedicated to FOOD. On the Food for Thought Stage, festival-goers have a chance to learn and sample delicious recipes prepared by celebrity chefs and cookbook authors such as “Master Chef” winner Shaun O’Neale, Chitra Agrawal, Steven Raichlen, and Joan Nathan. Plus, delicious offerings from local restaurateurs and craft beverage vendors are available. 

  3. Ten stages of authors from genres of all kinds. Whether you’re into sci-fi and fantasy, graphic novels, or romantic fiction, the Baltimore Book Festival has a stage for that. More than 500 authors will appear on the festival’s 10 stages throughout the weekend. Did we mention admission is free?

  4. You can bring the whole family. Children and families have plenty to enjoy with a whole stage dedicated to children and young-adult authors (like Caldecott-winner Javaka Steptoe and Newbery-winner Adam Gidwitz), a Children’s Corridor with arts and crafts, and a Storybook Parade Saturday morning with characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog!

  5. More than just books — add music and poetry, too. A true festival of the arts, the Baltimore Book Festival hosts live music from local bands all weekend at an outdoor stage. Plus, the CityLit stage features multiple spoken-word poets and musical performances from solo artists.

For more information on this year’s Baltimore Book Festival, click here.

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