Step 1: Review the list of authors here; identify the authors you want to see; download a printable version of the book festival schedule here. Plan your strategy for Saturday and Sunday.
Step 2: Stop at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven and read some of the festival books for authors you wish to see.
Step 3: How will you get to the festival?
Live nearby? Ride your bike: We have a new bike rack near the tennis courts. Come try it out.
Live down island or coming over for the day on the ferry? Drive to the West Tisbury School, where there is plenty of parking, or take a Lyft or an Uber to the school. Then, take the Festival Shuttle from the West Tisbury School to the Chilmark Community Center (CCC). A shuttle will leave the West Tisbury School every 40 minutes all day/both days of the festival. The shuttle will run between the West Tisbury School at 401 Old Country Road, West Tisbury, and the CCC in Chilmark.
Driving to Chilmark and want to avoid the congestion? Park at the Chilmark Dump Lot on Tabor House Road for free. There will be a Festival Shuttle running every 15 minutes all day/both days from the Dump Lot to the CCC.
Want to get to the site, but are handicapped? Get dropped off at the CCC lot. Drop-offs only.
Still driving to Chilmark/Beetlebung Corner? We have a parking plan and a map!
The best options are:
the Pony Field on Menemsha Crossroads—this is on the left side of the road heading from Beetlebung Corner and will be well marked
Beetlebung Farm off of Middle Road
Chilmark Church on Saturday after 1pm and Sunday after 11am
The Yard on Sunday only
Town Hall after 12pm on Saturday and Sunday
Places you cannot park
The Chilmark Police Department lot — reserved for Volunteers
The Chilmark Community Center and the Chilmark School — reserved for Authors and Sponsors
The Chilmark Public Library — reserved on Saturday for Library patrons and on Sunday for Authors and Moderators
Beetlebung Farm off of South Road — reserved for Authors and Moderators
Martha’s Vineyard Bank — Saturday after 12pm reserved for Authors and Moderators
Chilmark Store, Chilmark Tavern and Chilmark Gallery — They are open, be nice.
The Yard on Saturday — They have a performance.
Be careful about parking on the side of the road. Read the road signs.