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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

In March, when the sun is beaming, desert wildflowers are blooming, and University of Arizona students are away 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 of all ages brings together authors, entertainers, and exhibitors for presentations, book signings, workshops, and panel discussions. There are dozens of activities for kids, live entertainment, and food vendors as well as a storybook character parade, a Science City, and an American Indian Pavilion.

Much of the action 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. 

While you're on campus, enhance your festival experience by exploring the university's museums and galleries or strolling to Main Gate Square and the West University Historic Neighborhood. 

Rentable Tugo bikes are available for quick trips and the Sun Link Streetcar will whisk you through Tucson's university and downtown districts and back again. And help from a friendly local is just steps away from campus at the Visit Tucson-University of Arizona Visitor Center.


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