Austin Street Closures Friday-Sunday
Several blocks of Congress Avenue will be closed beginning Friday morning in anticipation of the Texas Book Festival, which takes over the Capitol complex in Austin this weekend.
The roadblock on Congress Avenue will be in place at 9 a.m. Friday and will extend from Seventh to 11th Streets, with additional closures coming later in the day. Eighth through 10th streets between Colorado and Brazos streets, and 11th street between Lavaca Street and San Jacinto Boulevard will be closed at 6 p.m., according to road closure documents filed with the Austin Center for Events.
A two-day event, the Texas Book Festival begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with a number of presentations, talks, exhibits, and, of course, story time.
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On Sunday, the festival will return at 11 a.m., as daylight saving time will take effect earlier in the morning.
“We are thrilled that the Texas Book Festival is fully back in person for the first time since 2019,” executive director Lois Kim said in October when releasing the festival schedule. “Our program has something for everyone, with a wide variety of topics for kids, teens and adults to explore.”
After a hybrid in-person and online event last year, organizers anticipate that up to 40,000 people could browse the books, food trucks and talking points on display inside the Capitol and on its grounds during the weekend.
Admission is open to the public, although priority seating can be reserved for free events and online panels through tickets and donations.
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For those who wish to avoid driving, CapMetro in partnership with the festival offers free transport tickets to spectators of the event. Anyone interested can visit the Texas Book Festival website and complete the voucher form by 3 p.m. Thursday and download the CapMetro app to access a bus or MetroRail ticket.
Drivers will be able to park in public parking lots on San Jacinto Boulevard and 15th Street. Alternate routes to the event area can be found on the Austin Center for Events website.
The book festival will end at 5 p.m. Sunday and traffic in the area is expected to return to normal around 11 p.m. Sunday.