What's Up in YA

🚘Road Trip!: YA Book Festivals Across The USA

Hey YA lovers: get ready to plan your fall bookish USA getaways!

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Earlier this year, I rounded up as many of the YA book festivals — and big book festivals with significant YA presences — that happened between January and June across the USA. Thanks to the generous help of many readers, I asked for some help compiling a similar list, but this time, for festivals falling in the second half of the year.

Find below a wide range of fabulous-sounding book festivals for YA book lovers. I’ve linked to the individual websites of each event so you can keep tabs on what’s happening where. This is especially helpful for the fests that have already occurred so you can plan for next year.

I’ve included only those book festivals which are open to the public and which are entirely YA-focused or have a heavy programming track with YA-centric events and speakers.

YA Book Festivals, July-December, Throughout the USA

You can note that there’s a dearth of events in July and August, as well as in December. September, October, and some parts of November are far more ideal book festival dates for a variety of reasons.


Bookmarks Festival: September 6-9, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Brooklyn Book Festival: September 15, Brooklyn, New York


Pasadena Loves YA: September 15, Pasadena, California


Boston Teen Book Festival: September 22, Boston, Massachusetts


YA-hoo Fest: September 29, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Texas Teen Book Festival: October 6, Austin, Texas


Southern Festival of Books: October 12-14, Nashville, Tennessee


Sheboygan Teen Book Festival: October 12-14, Sheboygan, Wisconsin


YAS Book Con: October 19, Bowling Green, Kentucky


Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference, October 20, Naperville, Illinois (rumor has it you might be able to meet me at this one this year!)


Books By The Banks: October 20, Cincinnati, Ohio


Las Vegas Book Festival: October 20, Las Vegas, Nevada


Read Up, Greenville: October 20, Greenville, South Carolina


Pickerington Teen Book Festival: October 27, Pickerington, Ohio


Colorado Teen Book Con: November 2-3, Denver, Colorado


Epic Fest: November 2-3, Charlotte, North Carolina


Yall Fest: November 9-10, Charleston, South Carolina


Portland Book Festival: November 10, Portland, Oregon


I’m pretty envious of those of you who get to attend any of these & I hope you get to nerd out, YA style, the entire time!

See you again later in the week, and thanks to everyone who helped me find some festivals I’d have otherwise missed!

–Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram