2nd Annual Detroit Festival of Books! (Sun. July 15th, 2018) 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 indoor/outdoor, cold/warm, rain/shine.

Vendors keep 100% of their proceeds!


When and where is it?

Sunday, July 15th, 2018


Eastern Market

Sheds 5 & 6

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 is the Creator of and Event Chairman for this event. Ryan is in charge of a team of people who help make this event possible.

The Book Club of Detroit helps fund this event with generous assistance from Eastern Market, the City of Detroit, Margrave Pictures, and several other community leaders.


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.


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 playing funk music.


Will there be beer?

Yes! Beer will be provided for a charge to 21 and uppers thanks to our beer vendors Downey Brewing Company and Eastern Market Brewing Company!


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 BOOKS (ie: used, rare, antiquarian, etc.), 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!

Vendor App


What is the cost to be a Vendor?

The cost to rent a 6-foot table is only $30.00 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:

Vendor App


How many years are you doing this?

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

2nd annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 15th, 2018

3rd annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 21st, 2019

4th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 19th, 2020

5th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 18th, 2021

And beyond!


Sponsorship Information

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


Thank you and GO DETROIT!

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