Our next Festival will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
Both tMain Festival and our KidFestat venues on South Street. These sessions are free, no tickets required; general seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Most venues are outside, and as a safety protocol we will be cleaning after each session and asking everyone to exit the area and then re-admitted for each session. Please note our full COVID-19 policy listed below before heading out to the Festival.
You can visit the Information Tent on the Vail Mansion lawn (use 110 South Street, Morristown 07960 for GPS) to pick up a Festival program and plan your day once you arrive!
What is the Festival’s COVID-19 Policy?
Morristown Festival of Books is following strict safety protocols in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. On October 9, 2021, for entry into author talks, the Festival will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all those that are eligible. Masks will also be required in both indoor and outdoor public settings. You can bring your vaccine card, show a copy of it, or use an app such as Docket. You will also be asked to present a photo ID. This policy reflects our commitment to the safety of our audiences, authors and volunteers and applies to both the Main Festival and KidFest. Please arrive early for author talks to allow extra time for the admittance process.
Where is the Festival?
The Festival center is on the lawn in front of the historic Vail Mansion (110 South Street, Morristown 07960). Here you will find an Information Tent staffed with volunteers who can direct you to event venues, Book Tents where we will be selling copies of our visiting authors’ books, and Signing Tents where authors will greet visitors and sign books. All venues are within walking distance of the Festival center.
What happens at the Festival?
At both the Main Festival and KidFest, authors will speak and hold Q&A sessions in our festival venues or outdoor tents. These author talks are free, no tickets required.
Following their talks, each author will sign books under the Book Tent or at a designated signing area. Books will be for sale throughout the day at the Book Tents.
Where can I find the schedule of events?
All event times are posted on our website. Click here to view details about tMain Festival and KidFest.A printed program will be also available at the Information Tent on the Vail Mansion lawn and at each of the Festival venues on the day of the Festival. A large print version of our event schedule will be available upon request.
Can I meet the authors and have my books signed?
Yes! Authors will be speaking and answering questions in very informal one-hour sessions at festival venues throughout the day. Immediately following his or her talk, each author will proceed directly to their designated signing area. You will have the opportunity to speak with your favorite authors and have your books personalized.
What if it rains?
The Festival will be held rain or shine! Outdoor author sessions will be tented, but please dress accordingly and bring
an umbrella if it rains.
Where should I park?
There are several public parking garages within easy walking distance of the Festival center (the Vail Mansion lawn) and five Festival venues. The DeHart Street Parking Garage offers 800 parking spaces and can be entered from either DeHart or Maple Streets. For a comprehensive overview of parking options, click here. Handicapped accessible parking is available in several places around the Vail Mansion.
Where can I get lunch or other refreshments while attending the Festival?
Downtown Morristown offers a wide variety of cafés, restaurants, and takeout eateries within easy walking distance of the Festival center at 100 South Street, Morristown.
Are there public bathrooms available?
Festival staff will direct attendees to bathrooms open for public use, such as at the library.
Are there activities for children?
Absolutely! In fact KidFest includes author talks, signings, and fun activities all day for children and young adults!
What should I wear?
Our festival is a casual event. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for cool weather. It is a rain or shine event, so please bring an umbrella if the day’s weather warrants it.
Linda L. Hellstrom, Founder
Caroline Godfrey, Co-Chair
Karen Gruenberg, Co-Chair
Elizabeth K. Parker
Diane Naughton Washburne