1st Annual Detroit Festival of Books! (Sun. July 16th, 2017) Eastern Market, Detroit
FREE entry! That’s right, no entry fees!
This event is FREE and open to the GENERAL PUBLIC!
What is the Detroit Festival of Books?
The Detroit Festival of Books is the first used & rare books festival in the City of Detroit.
The Detroit Festival of Books (aka: the Detroit Bookfest) is a goodwill effort to help generate a deeper love and appreciation of books in the Greater Detroit community.
This event is mostly indoors and partially outdoors and will be held rain or shine.
Vendors keep 100% of their proceeds!
When and where is it?
Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Shed 5 @
2934 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
What is the cost of admission?
Admission is FREE and open to the general public!
Who is organizing it?
The Book Club of Detroit is organizing this event with generous assistance from Eastern Market, the City of Detroit, Margrave Pictures, and several other community leaders.
Founded in 1957, the Book Club of Detroit is a group of 150+ rare book collectors who like to get together for drinks and literary-related events.
The Book Club of Detroit is a non-profit organization of bibliophiles and is widely regarded as one of the top clubs in the USA for book collectors.
How about parking?
There is a variety of free and metered street parking, paid lots and more around the Eastern Market district. There is also a free parking structure next to Eastern Market.
Are there bathrooms?
Yes! There are men’s and women’s bathrooms inside Shed 5 at each end of the building.
What is Eastern Market?
Opened in 1891, Eastern Market is the largest historic public market in the United States.
Featuring 43 acres of space, Eastern Market is comprised of a series of indoor and outdoor sheds which function as consumer markets that currently average 40,000 weekly visitors with an additional 45,000 people on Saturday’s alone.
What is Shed 5 @ Eastern Market?
We will be located inside Shed 5, which is 22,000-square feet.
Shed 5 has four bathrooms, 7 large garage door-walls on the north and south sides of the building, and 6 huge industrial ceiling fans.
Shed 5 is the northernmost of the sheds, located on Russell Street between Alfred and Williams.
There is free wi-fi and a Flagstar ATM at Shed 5.
What is the future of Eastern Market?
In 2018, the Russell Flats apartments are opening at Russell & Alfred inside a 5-story building featuring 82 units.
By 2025, Eastern Market will be 5x’s times bigger! They are expanding from 43-acres to 250-acres.
Will there be music?
Yes, one of Detroit’s veteran producers named DJ Zig-Zag will be spinning a variety of funk, jazz, psychedelic Brazilian and more.
Will there be beer?
Yes! Beer will be provided for a charge to 21 and uppers courtesy of Mark Harper’s Black Lotus Brewing Co.
Black Lotus Brewing Co. is especially known for their Detroit Hip Hops IPA and their Ninja Pirate strong ale (World Beer Cup gold medal winner).
Will there be food?
Yes, there will be a variety of vendors selling food from their mobile kitchens and trucks.
The approval process for being a food vendor is different from being a regular vendor. If you want to be a food vendor, please email us:
Is there Wi-Fi available at Eastern Market Shed 5?
Yes! The password changes quarterly, so we won’t know what it is until the event.
Is there an ATM machine at Shed 5?
Yes! On the north exterior wall of Shed 5, there is a Flagstar Bank ATM.
If you are not a Flagstar member, there is a $2.00 non-member fee per transaction.
Who can be a vendor?
People from the general community who want to sell used BOOKS, vinyl LP records, rare musical instruments, vintage board games, unusual items and non-corporate local companies are invited to participate.
See our “Vendor Application” tab for a complete description of the vendor process and what you can sell.
Also, remember, vendors you keep 100% of your PROCEEDS!
What is the cost to be a Vendor?
The cost to rent a 6-foot table is only $20.00 per table.
VERY CHEAP compared to other events. You must supply your own chairs.
Vendors, you keep 100% of your proceeds!
How do I apply to be a Vendor?
If you are interested in being a Vendor, please fill out this application form:
If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact us for quotes:
Thank you and GO DETROIT!