Every year, we seek to make your experience more enjoyable at the Mississippi Book Festival. And with so much to offer this year, you’ll need to take a minute to check out the line up, prioritize what you want to do, and arrive early for scheduled indoor activities, as seating is limited for the official panel discussions.
READY FOR YOU
- dozens of authors and a broad spectrum of topics
- lots of air-conditioned panel discussion venues—each for a full hour!
- plenty of time between scheduled panel discussions for visitors to get to their next point of interest and to allow volunteers to prepare venues for the next panel.
- loads of activities to choose from and ample time between them
- centrally-located Kids Corner/Creativity Center on Congress Street in front of Galloway Church
- Authors Alley showcase of authors and artists all day—right in the middle of the festival!
- Book Signing tent and times for participating Official Panelists (See schedule.)
- more local food vendor options and dining areas close to the live entertainment stage
- thoughtful volunteers on site with helpful information
- new nationally-acclaimed exhibits in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building
- and so much more! (See attractions and schedule for specifics.)
- from I-55 take Exit 96B onto High Street and travel west towards the State Capitol Building
- entire festival site and its attractions are FREE and open to the public
- streets that are closed to traffic for the day include portions of Mississippi Street, N. West Street, and S. Congress Street
- panel discussions, activities and exhibits inside the State Capitol Building are accessible via the south security entrance, where visitors receive a hand stamp good for the day
FREE PARKING & SHUTTLE SERVICE
- entire event is handicap accessible with shuttle cart service from parking garages
- throughout the day shuttle carts circumnavigate the Capitol grounds (along Mississippi, N. West, High and President Streets), making frequent stops and always checking in at the Information tent (See map.)
- free parking is available on public streets and in the garages of the Woolfolk and Walter Sillers Buildings
- access the parking garage of the Woolfolk Building from Lamar Street
- access the parking garage of the Walter Sillers Building from President Street
INFORMATION, VOLUNTEERS, MERCHANDISE & ATMs
- look for the Information center in its new location at the south entrance of the Capitol Building
- count on teal-shirted volunteers throughout the site to help you navigate your day
- get your map/schedule, t-shirts and posters at the Merchandise tent
- bottled water is available at the Merchandise tent and at some food trucks
- ATMs on site; some food vendors require cash
MAXIMIZE YOUR DAY
To enjoy your day at the festival in and around the State Capitol Building, check out our schedules and map and plan ahead:
- study the line up of scheduled activities, panels and signings; first discussion panels of the day begin at 9:30 a.m. with 15-minute breaks between panels; first book signings begin at 9:30 a.m.
- check out the festival site map with all its offerings—7 different indoor Official Panel venues and 7 different outdoor activity areas; venue capacities vary (see map for details)
- prioritize your interests; arrive early as smaller venues tend to fill up quickly (first come, first served) and rooms are cleared after each in preparation for the next panel.
- purchase books at the Booksellers tents and see the book signings schedule for your favorite author
- stay hydrated; bottled water available at the Merchandise tent in the center of the festival and at some food trucks.