2018 Festival FAQ

How much does the Festival cost? How do I get tickets?
All readings and panel discussions on Saturday are open to the public on a first-come, first served basis unless otherwise indicated. Almost all other events throughout the weekend are free and open to the public. If there is a fee, ticket prices are listed. Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Note that NC state taxes (6.75%) and a service fee from BPT will be added to each ticket’s price at checkout. Tickets are not guaranteed to be available for purchase on the day of the event, and we often sell out, so don’t delay in reserving your spot.

Where is the Saturday Festival?
The Festival will take place on Spruce and Poplar Streets in downtown Winston-Salem, in and around the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, as well as Calvary Moravian Church and Bookmarks’ Bookstore on Holly Avenue. See the Festival map for parking and the Winston-Salem Transit Authority website for more information on bus routes. If you’re traveling from out of town, use 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 for GPS directions to the Milton Rhodes Center.

Where do I park on Saturday?
Parking locations are listed on the Festival map and signs will be posted. Note that the large parking lot in front of the Milton Rhodes Center will be used for Festival events beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 7 through 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.

I am coming from out of town. Is there a hotel nearby?
There are several hotels within walking distance of the Festival. Bookmarks has a “Go Behind the Pages” Weekend Package available at the Historic Brookstown Inn. Information on this package can be found at bookmarksnc.org. For a complete list of additional hotel options, visit the Winston-Salem Convention and Visitors Bureau at visitwinstonsalem.com.

Where can I find something to eat or drink at the Festival?
The central location of our Festival allows easy access to many downtown restaurants. Food trucks and vendors will be on site Saturday, and a food court area will allow attendees to sit and enjoy lunch in the middle of the festivities.  

What happens if it rains?
The Festival continues—rain or shine! In the case of rain, we will move all outdoor events inside. Detailed maps and rain plan directions will be available at the Festival site and online as well as on the Bookmarks Festival app. Volunteers will be stationed to direct you.

Are there events for families and children?
Family-friendly events and children-specific authors are noted in the program. Though children are not prohibited from attending other events, please be aware that not all author events will be appropriate in subject matter or language.

Are the Festival venues wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Handicap parking is noted on the map.

Are ASL Interpreters available?
ASL interpreters will be available at various programs throughout the day. Please contact Bookmarks if you have specific requests by August 20: info@bookmarksnc.org. Check our Festival app and our website for complete details after August 27.