Know Before You Go: 2024 Festival Guide

People tour the aisles of books in a book fest tent.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
By Aryanna Gamble

Welcome to the 2024 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, where every page turned is a step deeper into the rich tapestry of words and imagination. Here’s everything you need to prepare for this year’s festival, launching on Thursday, March 14 and running through Saturday, March 16 on Tulane’s uptown campus.


Raising the bar, The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University launches its third annual fest on Thursday, March 14. This year's festival includes over 150 authors, illustrators, chefs and thought leaders in over 90 panel discussions which feature programming collaborations with The Atlantic, NOEW, Tulane University Libraries, Scholastic and many more. Read more about the full programming available at the festival here


The full schedule of events is available here and the Family Day at the Fest schedule is available here. All festival events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Please note, as is the nature of live events, changes have been made to the schedule. 


The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University remains free and open to the public. While registration is not mandatory, registration provides the festival team with valuable insights into the preferences and interests of attendees, which is instrumental in shaping future programming.

Show your registration for the fest in the Welcome Center in Pedersen Lobby in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life and get a free cotton tote bag. Register here. 


Gear up for the 2024 festival! Apparel, posters, prints and accessories will be available at the merch store in the Hyatt Regency Festival Tent on Friday and Saturday. 


Book sales and signings at the festival will be hosted by our local independent bookstore partners, including Baldwin & Co, Octavia Books, Garden District Books, as well as Barnes & Noble College. While you can bring your own book for signing, purchasing on-site supports the festival’s success, independent bookstores, and the attending authors. 


Parking is available in surface spots on the uptown campus and in the Diboll Garage starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, through the duration of the festival. For more information about parking and transportation at the fest, click here

The university’s interactive campus map shows ADA spaces (check the Parking box to view). There are two ADA parking spaces located beside the elevators on each floor of the Diboll Garage. To park in ADA spaces, you must have a state-issued placard or license plate.


All festival venues are nestled in the center of Tulane’s uptown campus. View the festival map of venue locations and the interactive campus map for a wider view of how to navigate campus. 


Plenty of food options are available in and around Tulane during your time at the fest! Food trucks will be on site in addition to our main university dining centers, The Malkin Sacks Commons and the Lavin-Bernick Center. A full list of dining options around Tulane’s campus can be found here.

Free PJ’s Coffee will be available in the Hyatt Regency Festival Tent on Friday and Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., while supplies last. 


Sign up for emergency text alerts and stay informed about any unexpected developments during the event. 

Text BOOKFESTTU to 888777 to opt-in to emergency notifications about the festival.