3rd Annual Detroit Festival of Books! (Sunday, July 21, 2019) 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 21st, 2019
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 thankfully has generous assistance from a small and incredibly dedicated team of people who help make this event possible:
Lonni Thomas Eastern Market Manager
Jim Charbonneau Website Creator & Tech Wizard
Lauren Rautiola Event Cartographer, Project Manager, Bookkeeper
Emily Gould Instagram & Twitter, Volunteer Coordinator
Holly Chase Director of Hospitality
Louie Meizlish Director of Public Relations & Media
Larry Francis Minister of Bookmarks
Rachel Quinlan Creative Director
George Hagenauer Art & Comic Broker, Assorted Logistics
Jason Ratcliffe DJ Zig-Zag the Funk Maestro
J.R. Junior Eastern Market Security
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, 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!
There will be a full cash bar inside of Shed 3 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 (ie: used, rare, antiquarian, etc.), vinyl LP records, comic books, vintage board games, 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.
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 $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:
How many years are you doing this?
Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) is always the 3rd Sunday in July.
3rd annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 21st, 2019
4th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 19th, 2020
5th annual Detroit Bookfest = Sunday, July 18th, 2021
If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact us for quotes:
Thank you and GO DETROIT!