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Portland Book Festival 2023 Schedule of Events

This year’s Portland Book Festival returns to the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues in downtown Portland on Saturday, November 4, 2023.

Join us for this all-ages, daylong celebration of books and storytelling in all forms, including author panels, pop-up readings, writing workshops, kids’ story time, an extensive book fair, local food trucks, and more. 

More information can be found here. Click below to filter PBF events by different categories.

PBF Program

A free printed copy of the official Portland Book Festival program will appear in the 10/25 issue of Willamette Week, and will be available everywhere at PBF.

Printable Schedules and Festival Map

  • Click here for an 11×17 printable PDF of the day-of PBF stage schedule
  • Click here for an 8.5×11 printable PDF of the day-of PBF stage schedule
  • Click here for an 8.5×11 printable PDF of the PBF map (or see on Google Maps here)
  • Click here for an 11×17 printable PDF of the PBF Cover to Cover event schedule

Author lineup and schedules subject to change.

How to Attend

Portland Book Festival General Admission Passes are required for all events.
Passes are $15 in advance and $25 day-of. Youth 17 & under or with a valid high school ID, veterans, and active military get in FREE. $5 Arts for All passes available for those with a SNAP/Oregon Trail Card. All full-priced General Admission Passes include a $5 book fair voucher and entry into the Portland Art Museum. Get your General Admission Pass here.

Skip the lines by picking up your passes (wristbands) in advance! Advance pass buyers can pick up their wristbands at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts’ Antoinette Hatfield Hall lobby at 1111 SW Broadway, Wednesday–Friday, November 1–3 from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. In-person ticket purchases can also be made at this time.

Once you have a General Admission Pass, you can choose to add-on any of these three premium event tickets:

Friday Night Book Market
Beat the crowds and shop the PBF exhibitor fair the night before Portland Book Festival. 

Tickets to this event are limited to only 800. Get yours now!

A Man of Two Faces: Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Tommy Orange

Tickets to this event are limited. Get yours now!

Going Infinite: Michael Lewis in conversation with Andrew Proctor

Tickets to this event are limited. Get yours now!

Simplify your Portland Book Festival experience by purchasing an all-inclusive Umbrella Pass!

The Umbrella Pass includes: General Admission Festival Pass (which includes a $5 book fair voucher and entry into Portland Art Museum), Friday Night Book Market entry, premium reserved seats to the Taylor Jenkins Reid and Selma Blair events (and signed copies of their books) as as well as an exclusive Portland Book Festival tote bag.

Additional Festival Events: PBF Cover to Cover

Starting October 30, different partners around the city will host PBF Cover to Cover events for our second annual year of this program. From storytime singalongs to poetry karaoke, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Portland. See events here.

#PDXBookFest Authors in the Press

View the full author lineup here.

Donate to Support Portland Book Festival

Portland Book Festival brings our community together through the power of stories, sparking meaningful conversations and inspiring the next generation of readers. We’re committed to keeping it accessible by offering free admission to attendees aged 17 and under. We hope you’ll consider becoming a Friend ofthe Festival and help us make this inspiring event available to all. Your sponsorship directly enables Portlanders from all walks of life to connect with acclaimed authors and new literary voices. Learn more.

Original artwork for this year’s Portland Book Festival by Arielle Wilkins

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