First called Books by the Bay in 1984, the then two-day street fair has evolved into the largest and finest book fair in America: our very own, Miami Book Fair. Every November, the world’s greatest literary minds come together for a week of lecturing and interviews, to celebrate some of the year’s best works. Downtown Miami and Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson campus come alive with a bustling street fair where independent sellers and antique dealers mingle with fellow literature addicts (like myself), along with children’s activities, live music, and a whole slew of other awesome things to do. Whether you like to read, or you just want to be in-the-know, we’ve broken down some great tips to get the most out of this year’s fair come November 17th – 24th.

Take Public Transportation

We all know that parking in Downtown can be a bit of a hassle, so the best way to get to the fair with ease is by taking transit. It doesn’t have to be the whole way, just park in any of the Metromover stops and take the free train to the College North or College Bayside Stations.

Bring a Big Bag

The street fair happens November 22nd – 24th and it brings together more than 200 national and international exhibitors are on hand, selling books and more so get ready to peruse some pages. Among them is a children’s alley dedicated to goodness for the young ones, as well as a destination comics area for all those graphic novel fans out there.

Get Ready to Jam

While it’s clear that the Book Fair is about, well, books, they have a lot of non-book related things going on so there’s something for everyone. At the same time as the street fair, The Porch will come alive to the sounds of local artists, DJs, eclectic showcases, and even a bar hosted by Biscayne Bay Brewery.

Catch a Lecture

Where else can you spend the evening with a Tony Award-winning playwright, a New York Times opinion writer, a renowned political commentator, a cult-movie legend, a bona fide rock icon, a Pulitzer Prizewinning author, a television news host, and a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations? Once again, Miami Book Fair presents the authors and books animating today’s American culture through a series of lectures throughout the entire Fair.

It’s Bilingual

As the Miami Book Fair’s hometown is a multi-cultural city, the Fair ensures that readers of many of Miami’s populations can also enjoy the festivities and the books in question. So don’t leave out a single relative or friend, they have programming for Spanish and Kreyol speakers throughout the Fair as well.

Check out the full programming and all this year’s Miami Book Fair has to offer here.