Book Festival coming to Artpark

A Book Festival at Artpark?

‘Better off read’ encourages reading and writing

Lewiston, NY – Join us at Artpark’s Lower Park on Saturday, August 31st from 10:00AM to 4:00PM for The 3rd Annual Better Off Read Summer Book Festival; a free-to-attend, all-ages event meant to promote reading, encourage writing, and celebrate storytelling. The festival, presented by local writer Ian Kinney, features thousands of books on sale for $5 or less; vendor booths by local authors, artists, and merchants; a variety of food trucks and other concessions; kid-friendly activities such as storytelling, face-painting, and balloon animals; plus much more.

Additionally, for the third year in a row, the festival is proud to present a special basket raffle with gifts donated by some of the world’s best storytellers. This year’s star-studded list of celebrity donors includes Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Silverman, Neil Gaiman, Colleen Hoover, David Byrne, Wilco, Pearl Jam, Blink 182, legendary icon Bob Dylan, superstar Billie Eilish, and more!

Local sponsors to this year’s festival include BirchTree Fotos, Kelly’s Beauty Bar, Niagara Sports Tournaments, Orange Cat Coffee Co., Power City Eatery, Read It & Eat, The Village Bake Shoppe, Youngstown Village Diner, and others.

To learn more, become a vendor, become a sponsor, or make a donation: please visit

Additional 2024 events at Artpark currently on sale include: Gary Clark Jr. (May 25); Los Lonely Boys (May 31); Sarah McLachlan (June 18); Bonnie Raitt (June 21); DISPATCH (June 28); Orville Peck (July 1); Norah Jones (July 6) The Opera TOSCA (July 12 & 14); Train (July 19); The Flaming Lips (July 22); Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (July 24); Two Door Cinema Club (July 29); SLASH S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival (July 30); Backroads Blues Festival (August 10); Gin Blossoms + Toad the Wet Sprocket (August 11); STRAY CATS (August 13); Blues Traveler + Big Head Todd and the Monsters (August 16); Bush (August 17); Tedeschi Trucks Band (August 20); O.A.R. (August 27); Cole Swindell (August 29) & Cage The Elephant + Young The Giant (September 7)

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