About the Festival



23 years of bookish fun

For over two decades, Rain Taxi has presented the Twin Cities Book Festival in various locations and formats, including a totally virtual festival during the pandemic lockdown of 2020. Please see below for more info about our upcoming Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this year, as well as our storied past!

The 2023 Twin Cities Book Festival takes place in-person on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00am to 5:00pm, free of charge! The Festival offers bibliophiles all the joys of in-person browsing, meeting writers and publishers, and activities for readers age 1 to 101. As of June 2023, we will not be requiring masks or proof of vaccination for the 2023 Festival. We ask booklovers, in the interest of reducing spread of COVID and other viruses, not to attend if you are experiencing symptoms of illness—thank you! 



23 Years of Celebrating
Books & Book People

Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival is the annual Minnesota gathering for readers, writers, publishers, and purveyors of all things literary. The TCBF features dozens of presenting authors, special children’s programs, and a wide variety of exhibitors featuring new and rare books, quirky literary curiosities, and more.

IT’S FREE! The TCBF is committed to being accessible to all, so we have never charged admission. Rain Taxi pays for the festival through individual donations, grant funding, and sponsors. Click here to help drive the TCBF →

Minneapolis and St. Paul consistently rank among the top ten literate cities in the US, and over 6,000 book lovers attend the TCBF each year.

The TCBF showcases an eclectic blend of world-renowned authors and prominent regional writers presenting side by side.

The TCBF features family-friendly programming for toddler, middle grade, and teen readers, with author panels, storytelling, and interactive activities.

Exhibitors make up the heart of our book fair, including publishers, authors, booksellers, literary organizations, and used book and vinyl dealers.

2023 will be the twenty-third consecutive year that Rain Taxi has presented the Twin Cities Book Festival. Come celebrate with us!

Here’s what some of our authors said about our all-virtual #TCBF in 2020: 

History of the Festival

Rain Taxi launched the Twin Cities Book Festival in 2001 as a way to support readers, writers, publishers, and booksellers, as well as to engage the Twin Cities literary community in an exchange of ideas.

While writing and reading are usually solitary activities, the TCBF is a way to celebrate writing in community and acknowledge the social value of writing as an art form. Part of Rain Taxi’s mission is to call attention to the abundance and diversity of contemporary literature, and the Festival surely does that, while bringing pride to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as a reading capital of the US.

Click here to see more details about past installments of the Rain Taxi’s annual Twin Cities Book Festival →

celebrating the social value of writing in community