IlLUSTRATION BY Chiara Bautista / Arizona Daily Star

The cost to attend the Tucson Festival of Books author presentations and panels is zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

The festival is Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12. About 350 presenting authors and 130,000 participants are expected to fill the University of Arizona Mall and adjacent buildings.

To help manage long lines and keep them from snaking around the UA campus, several venues have free tickets available:

  • Student Union North Ballroom.
  • Student Union Gallagher Theater.
  • Koffler Room 204.
  • Integrated Learning Center Room 120.
  • Modern Languages Room 350.

All other venues, stages, pavilions and tents will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis and do not require a ticket.

To get a ticket
  • Reserve tickets through, the Tucson Festival of Books website. Click on “ticketed events” on the left side of the page.
  • Friend of the Festival members may begin getting tickets at noon Wednesday, March 1. Ticket availability is based on giving level; information about becoming a friend is also available on the festival website.
  • General access to tickets begins at noon Monday, March 6; only two tickets may be reserved per 24-hour period through noon Friday, March 10, when electronic ticketing ends. There is a maximum of two tickets per person per event.
Didn’t get a ticket?

You might still get in — 25 percent of the seats in each venue will be held for stand-by patrons the day of the presentation.

At the venue

Those with tickets must show an electronic or printed copy of the ticket to access the venue. Ticket-holders who are at the venue 20 minutes in advance of the presentation will be guaranteed entry.

No scalping, please

Tickets are not returnable; however, you may transfer tickets to other patrons. The tickets have no cash value — they are free — and may not be sold.

Source: Tucson Festival of Books,