Fair Hours

Friday, September 28, 2018 — 4pm to 9pm

Saturday, September 29, 2019 — 10am to 5pm




Holiday Inn, Rosslyn @ Key Bridge

1900 N Fort Myer Drive

Arlington, VA





There is ample street parking near the hotel. Most metered spaces require payment on both Friday and Saturday.

And while the Holiday Inn has recently installed gates to their parking garage (both on N Fort Myer Drive and Nash Street) they have graciously offered to honor our long-time tradition of complimentary parking for the WABF. A validation coupon will be provided with proof of purchase of a ticket to the Fair.



A short walk from the Rosslyn Metro Station.






















Tickets & Admission

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

  • •$15/entire weekend
  • $10/Saturday
  • $5/students & librarians with valid id
  • Children under 12 admitted free of charge

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•We are obligated to provide our exhibitors with the safe and secure care of their valuable collections during the Fair. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to implement certain entry conditions for all visitors to the Fair.

Conditions of Entry

  • No books, maps, prints or manuscripts of any description may be taken into the Fair.
  • These items and all large bags must be checked with our staff before entering the Fair.
  • Any bags taken into the Fair may be searched upon entry and exit.


2018 Programming

Friday, September 28

6:00-8:00pm Wordsmith Minimalists Haiku Gals

Saturday, September 29

10:30-11:30am Create Bookmarks with Jill Deiss of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding

12:00-2:00pm Wordsmith Minimalists Haiku Gals

2:30-3:30pm Pamphlet Binding with Jill Deiss of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding





It’s not what you find, it’s what you find out. - David Hurst Thomas

See our floor plan