All Fall for the Book events are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsors including George Mason UniversityBarnes & NobleNOVEC, the Fairfax County Public Library, and other generous businesses and organizations. Events are held on George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at select locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Click herefor a complete list of programs and activities.

Reservations are now closed for festival appearances by Alice Walker, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Chabon. Seats are still available for each event on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee advance seats before that date, please consider joining“Friends of Fall for the Book.”


Many of Fall for the Book’s venues are in neighborhoods with various fine restaurants. Additionally, Mason’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus boasts a number of dining options, from quick fast-food to more leisurely sit-down meals. A list of on-campus restaurants can be found here. Check out the Johnson Center, Student Union Building 1 and Southside for possibilities closest to festival events.


For Mason’s Fairfax Campus: Sandy Creek and Mason Pond parking decks provide most of the campus’ visitor parking. These decks tend to fill in the mornings and early evenings during the first few weeks of the semester. Additional visitor parking is available utilizing our Pay by Space machines in the 1st level of Rappahannock River Parking Deck (a separate visitor entrance is located off Patriot Circle). Also: Check the Mason Shuttles website, for the new fall semester shuttle schedules. Many of the schedules have changed slightly as new stops have been added around campus. Check schedules for stop locations.The parking web page is updated periodically at

For Downtown Fairfax: Free parking is available in large, multi-level decks and in public parking lots along North Street, Chain Bridge Road, University Drive and Old Lee Highway.

For Other Venues: All other school, libraries and businesses have nearby parking. Please contact individual venues for questions or special concerns.

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