Portland Book Festival celebrates book lovers of all ages! We offer lots of fun-filled family activities, including storytimes, panel discussions, crafts, gift shopping, food vendors, and more. Click here for the full schedule of Festival events.
Youth 17 & under (or students with a valid high school ID) enjoy free admission to Portland Book Festival! Passes are still required, so register and get free youth passes here.
STORYTIMES AND PICTURE BOOK PANELS
In addition to the stage presentations in the Fields Ballroom there will be family-friendly activities and exhibitors, including arts and crafts with Addie Boswell, Carrie Tillotson, Dane Liu, Margaret Chiu Greanias & Tracy Subisak, Linda Letra Bilingual Books, Portland Early Learning Project, and Yuki Origami. Also in the Fields Ballroom find exhibitors such as A Kids Company About, Books With Pictures, Cosmic Monkey Comics, Green Bean Books, and more.
MIDDLE GRADE EVENTS
Free Writing Classes for youth:
The following workshops are free, however registrations is required and class sizes are limited. Workshops are held on Saturday, November 5 on the second floor of Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building.
- Grades 6–8: What I Mean When I Say, Art Meet Poetry with Dey Rivers
- High School Poetry: Poetic Sculpture with Alex Behr
- High School Prose: Dialogues: The Craft of Writing a Conversation with Damien Miles-Paulson
YOUNG ADULT EVENTS
A few reminders about festival passes:
- Youth 17 and under and/or with high school ID get in free; but you do still need a pass as a wristband is required for entry to all stages. Get yours now.
- Swing by the advance box office at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts’ Antoinette Hatfield Hall (1111 SW Broadway) Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 3 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. to pick up your wristband and skip the box office line on festival day.