Tips for a Fun Festival

Tips for a wonderful and fun Savannah Book Festival experience!

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, the Savannah Book Festival will be presenting its biggest Festival yet!

Here are some tips and answers to “frequently asked questions” that will help to make the Festival fun and comfortable:


Where is the Festival?

SBF takes place in the historic downtown Savannah. Our three headliner events, the Opening, Keynote and Closing Addresses, are held at Trustees Theater: 216 E. Broughton Street. SCAD policy states patrons may be screened by metal protectors to gain access to the Theater.  Firearms of any kind are prohibited in all SCAD properties.

On Festival Saturday, the Festival center is located on Telfair Square in downtown Savannah Here you will find an Information Tent, a Book Tent selling copies of our visiting authors’ books, the Signing Tent where authors will greet visitors and sign books, and food trucks selling refreshments.

Author sessions are held in these seven venues, all within walking distance of the Festival center:

  • The Neises Auditorium at the Jepson Center: 207 West York Street.
  • Trinity United Methodist Church: 225 West President Street
  • Lutheran Church of the Ascension Sanctuary: 120 Bull Street (upstairs)
  • Lutheran Church of the Ascension Fellowship Hall: 120 Bull Street (downstairs)
  • First Baptist Church Sanctuary: 223 Bull Street 
  • First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall: 102 W. McDonough Street

The VIP Lounge for authors and sponsors is located on the second floor at The Jepson Center, 207 West York Street.


What if it rains?

Festival Saturday will be held rain or shine! Author sessions are all held indoors.


Are there public bathrooms available?

Public restrooms are available at the Jepson Center and The Savannah Theatre. Due to the nature of historic plumbing, restrooms are not available in the church sanctuaries and halls. Royal Restrooms are conveniently located in all three squares for your use. Please see the map.


What should I wear?

The Festival Saturday is a casual event. Wear comfortable walking shoes. It is a rain or shine event, so please bring an umbrella if the day’s weather warrants it.


How do I get in to see the author I really want to see?

To insure the comfort, safety and enjoyment of the 10,000 people who join us over the weekend, SBF has developed new guidelines for venue access and seat saving. All of these guidelines are NEW this year and replace any accepted practices of past Festivals.

  • SBF ushers will wear bright yellow lanyards that identify their responsibilities at each venue.
  • Festival Saturday guests may enter venues only after previous presentation attendees have exited.  Visitors will be asked to form a line while waiting to enter each venue.
  • Guests wishing to remain in venues for an additional presentation will be asked to move forward so the ushers can accurately count available seats for those waiting to enter.
  • SBF ushers will advise those waiting for entry of available seating based on capacity limits.  As venues near capacity, ushers will assist guests in identifying alternative author presentations and venues.
  • In fairness to those waiting patiently in line, saving seats is not allowed.  When leaving a venue to use a restroom, guests shall secure a pass from an usher to ensure re-entry.
  • Guests needing special assistance may secure a handicap pass at the Information Tent.  The pass entitles the holder to access the front of waiting lines.  The same courtesy will be extended to a companion of the pass holder.
  • Out of respect, guests are asked not to bring or consume food and beverages in historic church venues.  The Savannah Theater offers concessions for sale in its building.


If you have any questions, please call the SBF office at 912.598.4040 or email us

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