Capital Rare Book Fair

Capital Rare Book Fair

Friday, May 03, 2024 - Sunday, May 05, 2024 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

University Club
135 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Friday, May 3rd, Preview Night: 5 pm - 8:30 pm

Tickets: $50 

Preview night tickets include access to the fair on Saturday and Sunday


Saturday, May 4th: 11 am - 6 pm

Sunday, May 5th: 11 am - 5 pm


General Admission: $15

Students: $10

Under 16: Free


All tickets give unlimited access to the fair on Saturday and Sunday. You can buy tickets in advance or pay with cash/card at the door.


The fair will open with a preview night on Friday evening with wine, beer, special literary-themed cocktails, canapes, musical entertainment and first access to the books on sale in this historic venue.  


The preview night party will benefit the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.  The PEN/Faulkner Foundation champions the breadth and power of fiction in America. We achieve that mission by administering the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story to help call the world’s attention toward literary achievements; by bringing free books and authors into under-resourced DC schools to inspire the next generation of readers and writers; and by curating public literary programs to amplify the work of accomplished authors.