Book Fairs | January 28, 2016

The 35th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Slated for March 11-13

The 35th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair returns to St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum March 11-13, 2016.
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the United States. This year’s theme, “From Papyrus to Paperbacks,” celebrates the enduring influence of the written word.

Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic.  Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles.  Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars.

A complete list of the specialized exhibitors is available at

Friday, March 11th:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Saturday, March 12th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, March 13th: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Friday evening’s admission, which includes a live music performance, is $10; the ticket is good for the entire weekend. Saturday’s admission is $10 for the weekend or $6 for the day.  Sunday’s admission is $6 for the day and includes a free appraisal by members of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Children 12 and under, and students with valid identification, are free. Parking is free.

Ticket sales benefit the St Petersburg Public Library. 

Discount coupons are available online at or on Facebook (search: “Florida Antiquarian Book Fair”).  Discounted tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite using the promotional code, “saveabuck.”

Food and beverages, including cash bar, are available onsite.  St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, is known as “the finest ballroom in the South.”