Readers and book lovers should prepare for the Tucson Festival of Books.
This festival is one of southern Arizona’s largest events, and it will take over the University of Arizona mall. 450 authors from around the world will convene for this celebration of reading, writing and literature.
The event will take place this weekend on March 11th and 12th. On both Saturday and Sunday, the festival will run from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
More than 130,000 guests are expected to attend the event and celebrate with the community.
The fun will kick off on Saturday morning with a parade, followed by the first of many author presentations at 10 am.
Festival-goers should be aware of the heat, as this weekend is expected to be 15 degrees warmer than average. Attendees should drink lots of water throughout the day, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and use SPF to avoid heat stroke and sunburn.
Despite the large scale of this event, there will be plenty of free parking available, which you can view here.
The Highland and Park Avenue parking garages and all surface lots will offer free parking as well. The CatTran Campus Shuttle will offer free rides, and the the Cherry, Tyndall, 6th Street and Main Gate parking garages are $5.
To see the full schedule of author presentations, information on the selection process and much more, please visit the official website.