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Whether you’re an author, poet, graphic novelist, publisher, literary non-profit, book binder, paper maker, or have a business that relates to literacy or the book industry, the Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival provides you with a great opportunity to connect with your readers.
When you exhibit at The Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, you will have your own space for the day where you can meet and interact with hundreds of book lovers and showcase your work, literary-related material, services, and programs.
NOTE: We've had a lot of questions about the differences in the table prices. Some of the feedback we got from last year's festival asked us to vary the pricing to provide slightly more affordable tables, so we based the this year's pricing on position of the table in the park. Premium tables are end-caps positioned in the center of the festival. They'll see a lot more traffic. The budget tables sit at a dead end in the corner of the park, are a little more difficult to get to, and won't have as much traffic.
Don't forget to complete the registration form after you've paid for your table!
How long do I have to purchase or secure a table as an exhibitor at The Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival?
Early bird registration: January 16, 2017 to Februrary 28, 2017.
Regular registration: March 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017.
Late registration: June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
What are the hours?
The festival is scheduled from 10am to 5pm. Exhibitors can start loading in at 9am. Exhibits are expected to remain set up until 5pm.
What exactly will I be provided?
You will be given one (1) six foot table and two (2) chairs to use throughout the day.
Should I bring anything else?
This is a rain or shine event. We recommend that you bring your own canopy.
I don’t have a business license. Can I still be a Exhibit?
YES! The Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival will purchase an umbrella license. This will cover any and all exhibitors who do not have one of their own. Just make sure you check the right box in the Exhibitor's form.
Where do I load in?
There is a lot connected to the park and another one on the other side of Shiloh Baptist Church. There is no parking on the street in front of the park. We recommend you move your car out of the lot connected to the park to make it easier for festival attendees. They are your customers, after all! Parking on the street is free, but you may only park there for two hours at a time. There is a parking garage on the corner of Lafayette and Sophia Street. You will have to pay for the parking garage. Click here for garage hours and rates.
What can I sell?
Exhibitors can sell books, graphic novels, magazines, and anything having to do with reading, literacy, publishing, or book arts.
I have bootleg comics, books, DVDs, etc . . . Can I sell them?
Don't you want the table registration?
Not that bad.
What about adult materials?
We are a family-friendly event. We strongly discourage exhibitors from selling materials of a sexually explicit or obscene nature, and outright forbid sexually explicit materials to be displayed. We realize this is a subjective topic, but we have the utmost confidence in our ability to judge. As such, we reserve the right to eject violators, without refund, at our discretion.
I don’t like what someone else at the book festival is selling. Why would you let them sell this?
This is also very subjective topic. Unless someone is selling pornographic materials or anything that can easily be deemed obscene and therefore not protected under the First Amendment, there’s nothing we can do. In addition, books and other materials sold by exhibitors do not reflect the beliefs and opinions of the Fredericksburg Book Festival LLC.
Can I bring food or beverages into the park?
Technically, yes. But this year the UFO food truck is here, and we'd rather you support JP (he owns the truck) as he was nice enough to agree to be at our event.
I don’t like where my table is. Can I move?
No. You actually chose the spot for your table.
But that table is empty. Can we move there?
No. Some Exhibitors might arrive late. If there is a last minute cancellation, we might move people, but this is done at our discretion. Moving on your own without asking permission can potentially lead to ejection without refund.
Do you supply wifi?
No wifi is available at this time. Check out www.yourkarma.com.
How many books do you recommend that I bring to sell?
We can’t really comment on this. The amount of materials you bring to sell is entirely up to you.
But what if I don’t sell enough copies of my book or enough of my materials to cover the cost of the table and food and travel?
We cannot control how many people are interested in what you’re selling. In addition, while recouping costs is an important part of being an exhibitor, the festival is also set up as a celebration of books and literacy. Authors are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to network with other authors, provide giveaways, and come up with creative tactics to market your work to the public.
I’m worried that it might rain and my books/materials will get wet. What should I do?
Since this is a rain or shine event, we recommend you bring a canopy. The Fredericksburg Book Festival cannot be held liable for any materials that are affected by the wind, rain, sun, or other weather or factors beyond our control.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Nope! This is an all ages event. It's FREE to the public!
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
You can take the train into the city if you like, but driving to the event might be easier. There are many public parking spaces around the park, as well as multi-level parking garage a few blocks away (600 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401).
What are the hours?
The festival is scheduled from 10am to 5pm.
Where is it located?
Riverfront Park is located on Sophia Street in beautiful downtown Fredericksburg.
Where can I park?
Parking is available on city streets for two hours at a time. There is a lot on Sophia Street right next to the park and another one on the other side of Shiloh Baptist Church. There is no time limit in the parking lots. There is also a parking garage on the corner of Lafayette and Sophia Street. Most lots and street parking are free, but you will have to pay for the parking garage. Click here for garage hours and rates.
Are there any places to eat?
You bet! UFO Food truck is going to be at our event!
Can I bring my dog?
Yep. We love dogs!
What else can I bring?
Pretty much anything, I guess. It's a book event. There'll be a whole bunch of authors there, so bring something that might impress one of them. A smoking jacket with leather elbow patches? A dictionary?
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Event Venue Map