Official Detroit Bookfest Blockparty Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co. (July 21, 2024)

Official Detroit Bookfest Blockparty Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co. (July 21, 2024)



Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

No cover charge!



In celebration of the annual Detroit Festival of Books (aka Detroit Bookfest), EMBC will be opening early on Sunday, July 16th for the Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty!

Located three blocks southeast of Shed 5, Eastern Market Brewing Company (EMBC) is one of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Market district.

Currently, the street they’re on, Riopelle, is closed to vehicle traffic. It is pedestrian-only and they will have tables in the street, food, live DJ, and of course beer.

Shed 5 to EMBC Detroit


Some of their most popular beers are:

Wunderboi (kolsch), Elephant Juice (hazy IPA), Pineapple Market Day (fruited session IPA). And they now offer pepperoni pizza slices inside!

Eastern Market Brewing Co Detroit top beers


LIVE blues music courtesy of the Detroit Blues Society. They will be set up on Riopelle Street directly in front of EMBC’s main window.


10 am to noon:       Blues records

Noon to 1 pm:        Leonardo-Country Blues

 1:15 to 2:15:           Sweet Willie Tea

 2:30 to 3:30:           The Royal Oak Blues Band (4-piece band)

 3:45 to 4:45:           The Split Shifters (4-piece band)

 5:00 to 6:00            Luther Bad Man Keith (4-piece band)

Detroit Blues Society live blues music @ Detroit Bookfest Blockparty Afterparty 2024




Detroit Sibling Rivalry BBQ foodtruck will be serving delicious BBQ food!

Definitely try some of their top-sellers like the Loaded smoked mac n’ cheese, Pitmaster Brisket Sandwich, and the Loaded BBQ Nachos!

Detroit Sibling Rivalry BBQ foodtruck

Loaded smoked mac n’ cheese




Eastern Market Brewing Company

2515 Riopelle Street

Detroit, MI 48207


Press Release: Detroit Festival of Books featured on Fox 2 News

Press Release: Detroit Festival of Books featured on Fox 2 News

DETROIT – Many thanks to Jamie Sherrod at Fox 2 Detroit for featuring Bookfest on the news. Sherrod interviewed Bookfest founder and chairman Ryan M. Place last Thursday about the upcoming seventh-annual event on Sunday, July 21, 2024.Place discussed the origins of the event, and the event’s featuring booksellers and authors from all across North America, book donations, and many fun activities for kids. “There’ll be tons of great vendors, lots of food, and lots of fun,” Place said.

Watch the interview by clicking here.

The Michigan Science Center will be doing a STEM pop-up at Detroit Bookfest!

The Michigan Science Center will be doing a STEM pop-up at Detroit Bookfest!

Michigan Science Center Detroit


STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is one of the underappreciated interests of many Detroiters. This fun factoid does not get enough acknowledgement.

Originally coined by the NSF in 2001, STEM is a now-familiar acronym. However, one group has been keeping it on the map daily for decades.

Located in Detroit’s bustling Midtown cultural center district, the Michigan Science Center is a wonderful resource for all ages. It is a wellspring of creativity, innovation, and divergent thinking.

This 3-story, 110,000-square-foot hands-on science museum features a stunning variety of exhibits, theaters, galleries, programs, and a STEM-themed science store.


Michigan Science Center Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)


The Michigan Science Center opened in 2012. Mi-Sci is a 501c3 non-profit organization, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and a hub for all things STEAM.

Visitors can immerse themselves in a world of 220+ interactive exhibits, live science demonstrations, the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, IMAX, Planetarium, and more.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that the Michigan Science Center will be doing a STEM-themed pop-up at Detroit Bookfest.

Camera Stevens is kindly chatting with me on one of her short breaks from the hustle bustle. As the Outreach Programs Manager, Camera adheres to a busy schedule and spearheads several cool and important initiatives for Mi-Sci. Okay, enough Ryanbabble. Let’s hear the inside scoop from Camera.


Camera Stevens is the Outreach Programs Manager for Michigan Science Center in Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)


Camera Stevens:

“I grew up in the Southern Ohio/ West Virginia area, graduated Alma College in the middle of the mitten (20 minutes south of Mount Pleasant), spent six years as a naturalist, one year as a National Park Ranger at Sleeping Bear Dunes, and now I’m doing outreach for Mi-Sci.”

“The two main traveling programs we offer are Aramco Traveling Science and ECHO Distance Learning. My role is to take these programs outside the building to all counties in Michigan, along with portions of Ohio and Indiana. Aramco is in-person hands-on, whereas ECHO is a multi-country online platform.”


Michigan Science Center STEM Store Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)


Mi-Sci’s STEM pop-up at Detroit Bookfest will have three main components: Invisible Ink, Six Bricks, and a variety of books from our Science Store.

Invisible Ink is a live science demonstration where we look at how oxygen reacts with vitamin C and lemon juice. When we add heat, it will oxidize, and their name or message will come through the paper. Six Bricks is a fun brain activity using LEGO’s Duplo blocks courtesy of our partners at the LEGO Playful Learning Museum Network. This activity incorporates learning through play and fosters community building because you and a partner must work together on it.”

“Some of the books from the Science Store will feature titles for all ages centering around STEM topics including Science Fiction, diverse characters in STEM fields, and authors from a variety of backgrounds. We also carry some titles in Spanish such as, Maybe I’ll Be An Architect/ Tal Vez Sere Una Arquitecta and Maybe I’ll Be An Engineer/ Tal Vez Sere Una Ingeniera.”

“I love working at Mi-Sci. Guests should definitely check out the Science Hall. Our current temporary exhibition, called Above and Beyond, highlights innovation and ideas around the aerodynamics of spaceflight and aviation. And our stage shows are always a fun time. We offer live interactive demonstrations daily (10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm).”


Michigan Science Center Detroit rocket (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)


“Fun fact about our museum. There is an easter egg (hidden feature) that a lot of people don’t realize we have. In our Space Gallery, one of the rockets was too tall, so it actually continues up above the ceiling. Look beyond the solar panels for the top of the rocket!”

“Mi-Sci is fun for all ages. We also have 21+ events. And we host lots of field trips across all grades from kindergarten to high school groups.”

Memberships with Mi-Sci, on top of being amazing and worthwhile in general, can also get you discounted rates and free entry at many other museums across the country.”

Thank you, Camera! Come check out Mi-Sci’s STEM pop-up at Detroit Bookfest. And be sure to visit the museum while you’re in town.


Michigan Science Center Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)


Michigan Science Center

5020 John R Street

Detroit, MI 48202




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Michigan Science Center Detroit hours and cost

Michigan Science Center Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)

Michigan Science Center Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)

Michigan Science Center Detroit (photo courtesy of Mi-Sci)

Press Release: Detroit Festival of Books featured on Fox 2 News

Press Release: Bookfest Gearing Up for 7th Annual Event

DETROIT – With just one month left, the all-volunteer Detroit Festival of Books is making final preparations for the seventh-annual Bookfest on Sunday, July 21.

Bookfest is expanding beyond its traditional venue in Shed 5. For the first time in its history, Bookfest will also be present inside portions of Shed 4, the Russell Street parking area adjoining Shed 4, and the plaza adjoining Shed 5.

“It’s becoming a much bigger event than it was when we started in 2017” said Ryan M. Place, founder and chairman of Bookfest. “We’ll have more booksellers, authors, and organizations with children’s programming. And we’ll have more volunteers to make sure Bookfest is a fun experience for everyone. Stay tuned!”

The Detroit Festival of Books will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Admission is free. Photos of the 2023 Bookfest are available for download and use via this link.

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!


The annual Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2024 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Eastern Market’s Shed 5.

FREE ENTRY for attendees!

Detroit Bookfest is a glorious day of BOOKS, records, comics, creative arts, 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.

Be sure to check out our Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty from 10am-8pm, which is located a few blocks Southeast at Eastern Market Brewing Company


We encourage everyone to check out the Official Detroit Bookfest Festival Guide

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!


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. Please help the vendors out by bringing small bills, if you can. $1’s, $5’s, $10’s will be needed. Yes, there are two nearby ATM’s (ie: Shed 5 northern exterior wall and also the Chase Bank across the street). 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 vendors inside Shed 5, Shed 4, and outside both sheds. And there will be the Community Activities area outside Shed 5 along Russell Street. Please check out both! There will also be music, food trucks, ping-pong, and more!


3.) Wear a pair of good, comfortable walking shoes. We encourage you to make a day of it and check out the fabulous Eastern Market District, which is packed with a ton of great eateries, bars and stores of all sorts. If you haven’t already, please read our Official Detroit Bookfest Festival Guide.


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 our food vendors on Alfred Street on the south side of Shed 5.

Bookfest Food Vendors 


Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!


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 150,000+ people at them, so there are places to park, just be prepared to walk a little bit.


7.) Public restrooms 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. There will be several children’s activities going on in the Community Activities area outside Shed 5, including a book donation drive. If you have any kids books to donate, please bring them!


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 happening 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!


And pull out your calendars…

The 8th Annual Detroit Festival of Books will be on Sunday, July 20th, 2025.


Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!

Donate your children’s books to Birdie’s Bookmobile at Detroit Bookfest

Donate your children’s books to Birdie’s Bookmobile at Detroit Bookfest

Are you looking for a way to support children in Detroit? Bring your gently used children’s books to Bookfest 2024.


Birdie’s Bookmobile is a non-profit organization dedicated to making diverse books more accessible, increasing the number of books children have at home, and helping improve literacy outcomes.

They are partnered with over 40 Detroit Public and charter schools, after-school programs, and non-profit organizations, and have distributed more than 18,000 books to children and families in Detroit.

Your book donations will help build home libraries, encourage shared reading experiences,  and improve literacy outcomes.

Book Needs:

  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Early Readers
  • Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle Grade
  • YA


Birdie’s Book Mobile (phot by Birdies)


Where will Birdie’s Bookmobile be located during Bookfest?


Birdie’s Bookmobile will be located outside Eastern Market’s Shed 5 in the DTE Plaza.


This is the main plaza on the west side of the building facing Russell Street at Alfred Street.


DTE Plaza outside Eastern Market’s Shed 5 (Detroit, Michigan) located at Russell Street and Alfred Street









Alyce Hartman, owner of Birdie’s Bookmobile in Detroit (photo by Alyce Hartman)