It’s time for the 2018 Texas Book Festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in and around the Capitol and down Congress Avenue.
1. It’s going to be jammed downtown, so allow extra time. The book fest and the Austin Film Festival last all weekend; Saturday is also the 35th Annual Viva la Vida Festival and Parade, a Día de los Muertos celebration from the Mexic-Arte Museum. The festivals have joined forces to offer Super Saturday programming for families, including a free screening of “Coco” at the Paramount Theatre at 4 p.m.
2. How to get there. Check out the parking map at texasbookfestival.org to find out which state lots are available for free parking. You can also get a free Capital Metro Day Pass for Saturday only between noon and 5 p.m. at these branch library locations: Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Road), Pleasant Hill (211 E. William Cannon Drive), Little Walnut Creek (835 W. Rundberg Lane), Ruiz (1600 Grove Blvd.), Carver (1161 Angelina St.) and Southeast (5803 Nuckols Crossing Road).
3. how about the weather? After far too many rainy days recently, Saturday will be sunny and mild. It could get as warm as 85 degrees but keep chill at night, with a low around 59.
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4. A few Saturday highlights: Former San Antonio mayor and one-time HUD Secretary Julian Castro will discuss “Unlikely Journey,” his memoir, at 2 p.m. in the House chamber. Austin thriller author Amy Gentry will talk about her book “Good as Gone” with the Austin360 Book Club at 11 a.m. in Capitol Extension Room 2.012. Popular kids writer/cartoonist Nathan Hale will be in the Kirkus Tent at 11:30 a.m. Astronaut Scott Kelly will be discussing his year in space in the House chamber at 12:30 p.m.
5. The fun continues. After the fest's first day winds down, it’s time for the eighth annual Lit Crawl Austin. Look for a night of performances, games, trivia matches and storytelling sessions in a variety of East Austin venues. A full list of events can be found at texasbookfestival.org/lit-crawl-austin/.