The LA Times Festival of Books is LA's biggest and best known book festival.
Once again held on the USC Campus, the festival is two days filled with panel discussions, author readings, performances, and booths from booksellers, publishers, and more.
The Reading by 9 Children's Stage features performances throughout both days geared for kids. Older kids can check out the author appearances at the YA Stage. All outdoor entertainment is free and requires no ticket. A more complete schedule is available on the festival website.
Tickets are required to attend all indoor panels. They are free but limited and are distributed starting April 16 ($1.00 service fee per ticket). If you're concerned about getting into your preferred panels, you might want to consider getting a Festival Pass for $35, which enables you to reserve up to 8 panel tickets before they are made available to the general public. (A limited amount of tickets for each panel are also available at booth #464 on the day of the panel).
Parking on campus is $12. Public transportation options include Metro bus and rail lines.