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At the Tucson Festival of Books, literacy lovers of all ages celebrate reading, discovery, and creativity.

Tucson Festival of Books

March 2-3, 2019, 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m.

In March, when the sun is beaming, desert wildflowers are blooming, and University of Arizona students are gone bye-bye on spring break ... it's time for Tucson Festival of Books, a best-seller in every sense of the word!

Tucson's annual gift to bookworms is two days of well-organized fun for all ages. Much of the action -- authors and illustrators, presentations and workshops, signings and shopping, local food and more -- takes place outdoors under big tents on the pedestrian-friendly University of Arizona Mall. General admission is free, but many of the most popular author panels and special events require advance tickets and sell out fast.

You can enhance your festival experience by exploring the university's museums, galleries and historic architecture in adjacent neighborhoods or by strolling around Main Gate Square for shopping, dining and frequent live music. Big yellow Tugo bikes can be rented for quick trips while the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar connects Tucson's university and downtown districts. Help from a friendly local is just steps away from campus at the Visit Tucson-University of Arizona Visitor Center.

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