Frequently Asked Questions

This year’s festival will have programming all week long from October 18-23. Virtual events between October 18-22 will be made available online at the times indicated in the schedule, and the in-person event on October 23 will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 South 4th Street in downtown Las Vegas.

The Historic Fifth Street School is located in downtown Las Vegas on 4th Street between Clark and Lewis, across from the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse. The street address is 401 South 4th Street and parking is available in the 3rd Street parking garage across the street (accessible from the 3rd Street side) all day. There is a limited amount of street parking available in the area, and the parking garage at 500 South Main Street is only a short walk down Clark Street (approximately 3 blocks west of the school).

4th Street between Clark and Lewis will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. on October 22 and will re-open at approximately 9 p.m. on October 23.

Barnes and Noble is the official book seller at the Las Vegas Book Festival. We also encourage festival goers to check-out our vendors, for self-published titles and downtown Las Vegas’s independent book store, The Writer’s Block.

The festival welcomes all and programming will be reflective of that. Don’t believe us? Check out the details on the 2021 Schedule page!

Las Vegas weather at this time of year should be just about perfect for most of the day; however early in the day and heading into sunset, the temps can drop a bit, so we recommend wearing layers – and always carry an umbrella for that unexpected rainstorm.

Share your photos and videos of your experience at the book festival with us by tagging @VegasBookFest on Facebook and Twitter. And yes, include that good lighting.

An ATM machine is located across the street at the Bank of America building.

The Las Vegas Book Festival features an impressive array of artisan and literary vendors selling self-published titles, literary accessories and unique one-of-a-kind items. Many booths will offer interactive activities for curious minds of all ages, so we encourage you to allow time in your schedule for thoughtful browsing.

We love animals of all shapes, sizes and species! However, we ask that any pets or furry friends be left at home where they are safe and sound and won’t interfere with anyone else’s enjoyment of the celebration of books. Service animals are welcome, of course.

Go ahead and get lost in a book, it may help you find something you never knew you needed.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
– Henry David Thoreau

If you misplace something tangible, please contact us at ArtsLasVegas@lasvegasnevada.gov to inquire about whether it has been turned in. If you find something that you would like to have returned to its rightful owner, please find anyone at the festival wearing a t-shirt marked “STAFF” and give them the item with a description of where it was found. Thank you!

The in-person portion of the Las Vegas Book Festival will be held primarily outside, with panel discussions under tents and keynote speakers inside the auditorium, and workshops happening inside classrooms. To ensure everyone’s safety:

•Masks will be required of all participants (authors, speakers, staff, volunteers and attendees) indoors and under tents.
•Microphones used by speakers and at Q&A sessions will be disinfected and have protective disposable covers.
•Hand sanitizer will be abundantly available throughout the festival grounds, as well as extra hand-washing stations.
•Book signing tables will be outfitted with plexiglass barriers for the added protection of authors and those who wish to have their books signed.
•We ask that anyone who is feeling unwell, or has a fever or symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19 and it’s variants, to please stay home, rest and get better. Many parts of the Las Vegas Book Festival will be available online and our priority is the health and well-being of all