The Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) will be a glorious day of BOOKS, food, drinks, funk music and exploring Detroit’s incredible Eastern Market District.
The district is anchored by the actual Eastern Market itself, which is a series of large consumer sheds. We will be located at Shed 5 and 6, the northernmost sheds at Eastern Market.
We encourage everyone to to re-read Detroitbookfest.com’s Event Details section for more information.
Also, if you haven’t already, please join our new Facebook Page Detroit Festival of Books. We still have The Book Club of Detroit and other pages as well but we will try centralizing Bookfest-related info on this new page in the future.
Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees
1.) Every vendor is on their own in terms of cash flow and providing change. There is no centralized market bank. Thus, please help all the vendors out by bringing small bills, if you can. $1’s, $5’s, $10’s will be needed. Yes, there is a Flagstar ATM embedded into the north exterior wall of Shed 5. Several vendors should have the ability to accept credit card payments on their smartphones, however, we are not sure that all of them will have this ability.
2.) There will be hundreds of thousands of items for sale at Detroit Bookfest. You may want to bring a good, sturdy, fairly large bag. Most vendors will have paper and plastic bags to help you carry your books and records in. But again, there are no guarantees that all vendors will have everything.
3.) Wear a pair of good, comfortable walking shoes. We encourage you to make a day of it and check out the other Sheds at Eastern Market, which will be filled with hundreds of regular Sunday Market vendors. We also hope you explore the surrounding Eastern Market District, which is packed with a ton of great eateries, bars and stores of all sorts.
4.) This event is all-weather, so dress accordingly. Dress comfortably and casually. Watch the weather forecast and if you think you may need an umbrella, please bring one.
5.) Make sure you check out the food and drink vendors, located outside Sheds 5 and 6. There will be vendors like Nosh Pit vegan, CC’s Japanese Creperie, Matt’s Nu Deli, Norma G’s Trinidadian, Big Dogs Hot Dogs stand, Howdy Doodles Ice Cream Wagon, Detroit Nut Company, Black Lotus and more.
6.) Parking is plentiful, however, it is scattered around the Eastern Market district. Make sure you plan accordingly. You can drop people off, park, then get the car and pick them up, if you need to. Eastern Market oftentimes handles even larger events which get 45,000-75,000+ people at them, so there are places to park, just be prepared to walk a little bit.
7.) Public bathrooms are located inside Shed 5 and spread throughout Eastern Market. If there are long lines at one, walk over to another bathroom.
8.) This event is all-ages. The love of books can start at any age, so parents, bring your family and always remember to keep an eye on your children.
9.) Warning: grooveilicious funk music might make you feel the unexpected urge to boogie. If you feel like dancing, then dance!
10.) We are tremendously excited about this event and feel it is an important and positive event for Detroit and Michigan and the world of books and many other things. Please help us spread the word on your favorite social media websites by posting photos and telling people about your experience.
THANK YOU! We love you all and hope everyone has a great time!
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