Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) will be held inside Eastern Market Shed 5 on Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


We will NOT be in Shed 3 this year. 


We will be located inside Shed 5 for this year only. 





4th Annual Detroit Festival of Books! (Sunday, July 18, 2021) Eastern Market Shed 3, 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 largest book festival in the State of Michigan.

We have vendors from all over the USA, Canada, and other countries.

It is a goodwill effort to help generate a deeper love and appreciation of books .

This event is indoor/outdoor, cold/warm, rain/shine.

Vendors keep 100% of their proceeds.


When and where is it?

Sunday, July 18, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Eastern Market

Shed 3

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?

Ryan M. Place           Founder & Event Chairman

Lonni Thomas           Eastern Market Manager

Jim Charbonneau     Website Creator & Tech Wizard

Lauren Rautiola        Event Cartographer, Project Manager, Bookkeeper

Louie Meizlish            Director of Public Relations & Media

George Hagenauer  Art & Comic Broker, Assorted Logistics

Francis Grunow         Urban Planner

Jason Ratcliffe          DJ Zig-Zag the Funk Maestro

J.R. Junior                 Eastern Market Security

Rachel Quinlan         Creative Director

Larry Francis             Minister of Bookmarks

Ed Clark                     Instagram & Twitter, Volunteer Coordinator

DFB/DBF                    Communications


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 around Eastern Market.

There are wheelchair-accessible bathrooms inside Shed 3 and Shed 5 but not at the Wheelhouse.


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 3 @ Eastern Market? 

Detroit Bookfest will be located inside Shed 3.

Shed 3 is located on Russell Street, between Division St & Adelaide St.

Built in 1922, Shed 3 is 29,000-square feet. The layout features 4 wings in a cross-shape.

It is the “main” and largest shed at Eastern Market.

Shed 3 features bathrooms, large garage door-walls and free wi-fi.

Click on this link for a 3-D tour of Shed 3 (courtesy of Eastern Market):



What is the future of Eastern Market? 

By 2025, Eastern Market will be 5x’s times bigger! They are expanding from 43-acres to 250-acres.


Will there be music?

Yes, DJ Seven Whales, will be spinning funk music.


Will there be beer?

Yes! Beer will be provided for a charge to 21 and uppers!

There will be a full cash bar featuring beer, wine and liquor.


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?

Yes! The password changes quarterly, so we won’t know what it is until the event.


Is there an ATM machine nearby?

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.

There is also an ATM across the street outside of Chase Bank (Russell Street @ Wilkins Street).


Who can be a vendor?

People from the general community who want to sell BOOKS, vinyl LP records, comic books, creative arts, etc, are invited to participate.

See our “Vendor Application” tab for a complete description of the vendor process and what you can sell.

Vendor App


What is the cost to be a Vendor?

The cost to rent a 6-foot table is only $40.00 per table.

VERY CHEAP compared to other events.

Also, this event is BYOC (bring your own chairs). You must supply your own chairs.


How do I apply to be a Vendor?

If you are interested in being a Vendor, please fill out this application form:

Vendor App


How many years are you doing this?

Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) is always the 3rd Sunday in July.

4th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 18, 2021

5th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 17, 2022

6th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 16, 2023

And beyond!


Sponsorship Information

If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact us for quotes:


Thank you and GO DETROIT!