Disclosure: This post is sponsored by New Orleans Book Festival
Check Out The New Orleans Book Festival November 11th
The New Orleans Book Festival is a FREE event happening on Saturday, November 11 from 1 – 7 p.m., and it’s guaranteed fun for kids of all ages and parents alike.
A Day Filled with Fun
The festival will boast tons of book-themed fun, including readings, food, music, and fireworks. The event will be the kickoff for New Orleans’ celebrations of its 300th anniversary so there will be New Orleans authors, books, panels, music, and more that you shouldn’t miss!
Green Dinosaur Pancakes!
In addition to free books for kids, throughout the day, there will be many free activities happening around the festival grounds for readers of all ages! Check out Mason Sibley, illustrator of Green Dinosaur Pancakes, make fun art out of pancakes, or head on over to Barnes & Noble’s book tent to pick up a book by your favorite author!
Readings at the Nola 300 Stage
One thing to definitely check out is the NOLA 300 Stage where local authors will read excerpts from their books or participate in discussions about the history and culture of New Orleans. Local authors writing in a variety of genres, from history to children’s to mystery, will be in attendance, in addition to several nationally recognized authors. Be sure to pick up a reading schedule when you arrive to see everything that’s happening around the festival grounds!
Some notable participants in the festival are Quvenzhané Wallis, Oscar nominee and author of two children’s books A Night Out with Mama and Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg!; Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied Sing and 2017 MacArthur Fellow; young adult fiction author Claudia Gray; Kristy Caldwell, illustrator of the Bobs and Tweets books; and John Couret, author of Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark, an anti-bully children’s chapter book.
Characters & Photo Ops
Your kids will also love seeing some of their favorite characters playing around the festival, like Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog!
Concert & Fireworks
Stick around after the festival for an outdoor, kid-friendly concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, whose performance will honor veterans of the U.S. armed forces and ring in all the fun for the Tricentennial! Fireworks under the stars will top off the day full of fun and celebration!
Why Attend the New Orleans Book Festival?
- Free admission! For everyone!
- Young readers receive a free book at the festival, thanks to the festival’s collaboration with Scholastic and the Scholastic Possible Fund!
- The New Orleans Museum of Art, located right next to the festival grounds, will offer $5 admission to Book Fest-goers.
- There will be something for everyone – from literary scholars to beginning readers alike!
- Local restaurants and food trucks will be on site serving up their best dishes!
- Free transportation from select New Orleans Public Library branches will be available to make sure everyone can attend! Shuttles will run every 30 minutes and the schedule can be found on the festival’s website. For more information visit the New Orleans Book Festival website and follow them on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
- You can also use the hashtag #NOLABookFest to join the conversation.