Welcome to our extensive list of zine fairs, festivals, DIY and small press related events. If you know of a zine fair that should be on our list, email [email protected]
Canzine Vancouver (Vancouver) – Broken Pencil’s very own festival of zines and independent arts and culture!
Unibrow Arts Fest (Victoria) – A combination alt-comedy and DIY publishing fest
Vancouver Art/Book Fair (Vancouver) – A festival for zines, magazines, and small press books. This event features talks, performances, and artist projects.
We are Not an Island Queer Zine Fair – Sled Island’s own mini zine fair featuring queer creators
Femme Wave Zine Fair – Calgary’s feminist music festival also includes a mini zine fair!
Prairie Comics Festival – A new comic arts festival for independent creators and fans in Winnipeg!
Canzine Toronto (Toronto)– Broken Pencil’s very own festival of zines and independent arts and culture!
Canzine Ottawa (Ottawa) – Broken Pencil’s very own festival of zines and independent arts and culture in the Capital city
Expozine Sudbury (Sudbury) – A yearly bilingual zine event in Nickel City every Spring!
Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair (Hamilton) – Organized by SACHA celebrating feminist zines.
OCAD U Zine Fair (Toronto) – An annual zine fair run by OCAD U for students to showcase zines, buttons, comics, and t-shirts that they’ve made.
Ottawa Small Press Book Fair – Presented by span-o (the small press action network – Ottawa) and Rob McLennan celebrating zines and small press in the Ottawa area.
TCAF: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (Toronto) – An annual festival held at the Toronto Reference Library promotes comics, graphic novels, zines, artists, and comics writers from Canada and around the world. (Facebook). As of 2018 they have an affiliated zine fair, Zineland Terrace.
Queer entre les couvertures/ Queer Between the Covers — Queer, feminist, sex-positive book and zine fair every Summer! (Facebook)
Alternative Media Fair (Montreal, Quebec) – A project from the Concordia Co-op Bookstore in collaboration with members of the community, bringing together publishers, writers, zinesters, activists, makers, and others who are underrepresented in mainstream and popular culture.
Zine Librarian (un)Conference – An annual conference for zine librarians to meet and discuss DIY and zine archiving. This event is held in a different American city and state each year.
Claremont Zine Fest – The Claremont Zinefest is an event that brings zinesters and zine-readers together.
East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (Berkeley) – In 2010, two Bay Area writers/zinesters decided it was time the East Bay had its own indie media celebration modeled on the amazing work people were doing in San Francisco and Portland. Tomas Moniz and MK Chavez organized the first East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair. It was a wonderful experience and a huge success, bringing over 50 participants into Berkeley City College. In 2011, Brooke Appler created the flyer and helped organize the event. Again the tables went quickly, with over 60 vendors and artists participating, and attendance doubled. In 2012, Tomas teamed up with the amazing Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Collective member Ara and volunteers Jamie, Olivia, and Crystal helped the event grow to new heights! That year also came with a new name: East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Festival, or EBABZ (say, “e-babes,”) Fest for short.
Dear Diary Zine Fest (East Bay) – A zine fair dedicated to old school perzines!
Long Beach Zine Fest (California) – The Long Beach Zine Fest is a one‐day public event promoting zines and independent publishing, with more than 100 writers, artists, photographers, activists, and DIY advocates showcasing and selling their work and celebrating the power of print as an artistic and cultural medium. (Facebook)
Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo – Indie, Alternative and 100% Independent, DiNK Denver is a celebration of artists, writers, creators, zine makers, graffiti artists, tattoo arts and publishers from around the world. Encompassing three floors of entertainment with over 250 exhibitors, DiNK features daily panel discussions, craft sessions, adult coloring, art auctions, comedy shows and the Comic and Art Awards ceremony ‘The DINKy’ Awards.
Litchfield County Zine Fest (Kent) – Connecticut’s own zine fair!
DC Zine Fest (DC) – The DC Zinefest is an independent event organized to provide a space for zine makers, self-published artists and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington D.C. community. (Facebook)
Daddy Kool Zine Fest (Saint Petersburg) – Do you read? Do you write? Do you live in or around St. Petersburg? Well then, welcome to Keep St. Pete Lit, where we celebrate and promote the area’s literary community. Whether you’re a writer, a reader or just love the arts, we want you to help us Keep St. Pete Lit. Read and Write on, my friend! (Facebook)
Orlando Zine Fest (Orlando) – Zines, zine-making and more! Zinesters welcome from the entire state of Florida. (Facebook)
Atlanta Zine Fest (Atlanta) – AZF is an annual conference celebrating DIY and handmade media. We feature a wildly diverse selection of panelists, guest speakers, workshops and vendors. In 2013, the first AZF culled more than 300 attendees, 25 vendors, and 21 speakers/workshop facilitators. In 2015, we had an even greater turnout, nearly doubling our average attendees and vendors, and we were given Creative Loafing‘s Best of 2015 Award! (Facebook).
FLUKE Mini-Comics and Zine Festival (Athens) –An annual comic festival focusing on alternative comics, mini comics, zines, underground comics, and graphic arts.
CAKE Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (Chicago) – [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more. (Facebook)
New Orleans Comic and Zine Fest (New Orleans) – NOCAZ is an attempt to make a space for self published artists and thinkers to put their work out in the public sphere and be able to reach other people without the constraints and expense of the commercial publishing industry.
Maine Comic Arts Festival (MECaf) – A showcase for comic arts bringing creators to the public. Unlike a typical comic convention, there are no dealers and stores set up, just writers, artists and publishers.
D.I.Y Fest (Baltimore) – A celebration of DIY culture in Baltimore, the event features, vendors and workshops. (Facebook)
WFPL Zine Fest ( Watertown) – A marketplace with 30 zinesters from near and far, “zine talks” on topics like identity, social justice, and DIY publishing, and a zine-making hive where anyone can create their own zine.
New Zineland (Boston) – Two floors of 60+ smalls presses, distros, artists, writers, and photographers slinging their self-published works from comics to fanzines, artwork to autobiography, and everything in between. (Facebook)
Pioneer Valley Zine Fest – A day-long fest aiming to celebrate and support zines and DIY. (Facebook)
Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) – a free weekend event showcasing the best in new and local comics!
St. Louis Small Press Expo (St. Louis) – Bringing together books, comics, zines, litmags, poetry, and more in an annual indie publisher showcase. (Facebook)
KC Zine Con – KC Zine Con is (more than) the Midwest’s DIY Publishing fest! We’re a collective of zinesters, writers, artists, activists, and zine-enthusiasts working to build a DIY community in Kansas City.
Omaha Zine Fest (Omaha) – A celebration of indie publishing featuring vendors, workshops, zine library and more. (Facebook)
ABQ Zine Fest (Albuquerque) – An annual event bringing zinesters and DIY enthusiasts together from around New Mexico. (Facebook)
Santa Fe Zine Fest – A yearly free festival that celebrates zines, comics and other forms of alternative press and DIY media.
AB/Z FAIR — Manhattan-based book fair of pioneering contemporary creative publishing from A(rtists’) B(ooks) to Z(ines)
Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair at Blondie Art Books (Brooklyn) – An art book and zine fire by Blondie Art Books, this show features recent publications from indie publishers, writers, and artists in and around New York. (Facebook)
Bluestockings Comic Fest — Queer & Trans Comics Festival
New York Queer Zine Fair (Manhattan) — The NY Queer Zine Fair brings together queer zine makers and fans to meet, share, sell and discuss their art and process.
NYC Anarchist Book Fair (NYC) – The NYC Anarchist Book Fair is free to the public. It provides a safe space for activists to meet and organize and where the anarcho-curious can get informed about a movement against capitalism and the State that is central to many of the most important political and cultural currents of our time. (Facebook)
Paper Jazz Festival (Brooklyn) —Paper Jazz will bring together a selection of local up and coming small press artists and cross-pollinate their work with the arts and music scene of the Silent Barn. Paper Jazz is fully curated by: Robin Enrico, Paige K. Bradley, G.W. Duncanson, and Nina Mashurova. (Facebook)
Pete’s Mini Zine Fest (Brooklyn) — An annual zine fest held in Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York. (Facebook)
Zine Feast (NYC) – Zinefeast has two goals: 1) Profit the artists. 2) Promote emerging/ student artists. SUNY Purchase has the unique opportunity to provide a space for artists to display and sell their work for free. Costs are covered by mandatory student activity fees, which have been allocated to student-run campus organizations. (Facebook)
Asheville Zine Fest (Asheville) – an exhibition for independent publishers, small press and creators of zines, comics, chapbooks, anthologies, pamphlets, and artist books. The fest and events are all free and open to the public!
Queen City Zine Fest (Charlotte) – Queen City Zine Fest celebrates self-published zines, comics, illustrations, chapbooks, small press editions, and other printed matter. They desire to foster a community of independent publishers and those that are passionate about independent arts. (Facebook)
Genghis Con (Cleveland) – A fest bringing together all practitioners of independent print media! Cartoonists, zinesters, printmakers, authors, illustrators, small press publishers, educators and advocates converge to exhibit their work, converse about their processes and celebrate the independent print community thriving throughout the greater rust-belt region and beyond.
Street Cat Zine Fest (Ohio) – An annual zine fest in Ohio that was founded in 2017. The goal of Street Cat Zine Fest is to celebrate and foster the zine-making community. Street Cat Zine Fest offers the general public access to learn about the zine community and other forms of DIY culture.
Zinecinnati (Cincinnati) – Starting in 2019, Cincinnati’s festival of self-publishing and zine culture.
Portland Zine Symposium (Portland) – Established in 2001, this annual zine fair looks to celebrate and support small press, zine, and DIY culture. (Facebook)
Pittsburg Zine Fair (Pittsburgh) – An annual zine fair featuring vendors, workshops, readings, and discussions. (Facebook)
Weird and Wired Punk Baazar and Zine Expo (Scranton) — A celebration of underground, zine, and DIY culture in the Scranton area. (Facebook)
Charleston Zine Fest (Charleston) — CZF is an annual festival that celebrates independent publishers from comic book writers, illustrators and artists alike.
The Fist & Spoon Fair (Columbia) — The Fist & Spoon Fair is a sampling of mixed media that represents Indie Grits as a whole—free film screenings, print media & zines, music, puppetry, and of course food & fun!
Handmade & Bound (Nashville) – A celebration of independent publishing, zines, artists, books, and mini-comics.
Chattanooga Zine Fest (Chattanooga) – An annual zine fest to browse and purchase from local vendors, including published books, original published work and a variety of independent publishers.
Lone Star Zine Fest– An annual celebration of zines in central Texas.
Fort Worth Zine Fest – A quarterly zine and printed goods festival.
Press Fest Austin (Austin) – Press Fest Austin is an event created to share zines of all kinds with you! Come check out unique, self-published magazines and books by independent artists and collectives, as well as enjoy free beverages. (Facebook)
RevelCon (Houston) – RevelCon is THE only fan-fun relax-a-con / zinefest in the Southwest. It’s a full weekend of vids, panels, art, zines, merchandise, food, friends, fun and frolic! We are a bi-fictional con catering to both gen and slash fans. (Facebook)
Richmond Zine Fest (Richmond) – The Richmond Zine Fest is an annual event at which local and national (and perhaps even international if we’re so lucky) zine-makers can gather to sell and trade their zines and network with other people in the zine community. (Facebook)
Olympia Zine Fest (Olympia) – Over the years, creative citizens of Olympia have produced a smorgasbord of seminal music and art festivals, including Yo Yo A Go Go, Ladyfest, Homo A GoGo, the International Pop Underground Convention, Gender Jam, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival, the Oly Old Time Festival and the Olympia Comics Festival. (Facebook)
Short Run Comix and Arts Fest (Seattle) – Short Run focuses on the medium of comics as a coalescence of art and literature. We believe in the intimate experience of holding a book in your hands. That’s why we highlight artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world who make indie comix and self-published, small press, and handmade books of all kinds. We want to ensure that Seattle is considered a destination for small press artists, and a percolator of comics genius. (Facebook)
Krazines (Racine) – A November zine fair that’s free to table and free to attend, right in Wisconsin’s fifth largest city!
Madison Print & Resist (formerly Madison Zinefest) (Madison) – A day-long festival of political print media, zines, experimental publications, and workshops related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action.
International Zine Library Day – (California) An international celebration of zine collections and archives on July 21st. (Facebook)
Festival of the Photocopier (Melbourne) — Organized by the Sticky Institute, this four day event celebrates zine culture in Melbourne and ends with a zine fair at Melbourne Town Hall. (Facebook)
Cultures Maison (Brussels) – Cultures Maison is a festival dedicated to the publishing and distribution of comic strips and graphic and narrative works. Since 2010 the festival is held once a year at the Maison des Cultures in Saint-Gilles, Brussels. (Facebook)
CPH Zine Fest (Copenhagen) – CPH Zine Fest is a two-day DIY festival that celebrates zines and small-press. The festival takes place at Ungdomshuset and admission as well as tabling is free, always! (Facebook)
Paris Ass Book Fair –An international fair that brings together publishers of artist’s books and fanzines, booksellers, and artists who approach print as a medium in its own right. What they share is a desire to explore taboos, sex and gender – and all of their representations and troubles – as playful, poetic and political subjects. (Facebook)
Tai Kwun Booked Art Book Fair – This event provides a platform for local, regional, and international creative practitioners who use books as a medium of artistic expression to share their work. It also supports publishers invested in art books and publications that have been created as artworks, and enables public audiences to enjoy and engage with these materials as an important resource for learning and research. (Facebook)
Dublin Zine Fair (Dublin) – The Dublin Zine Collective is a non-profit DIY zine printers and distro. We’re working to create a space where people can print their work without having to disrupt the DIY process. and a space where people can access zines. Both home grown talent and zines from around the world! (Facebook)
Tokyo Art Book Fair – Held annually, it gathers independent publishers, gallery presses, bookshops as well as individual artists and groups. The fair has seen constant growth in its scale and content over the years, and the event now gathers more than 350 participants from Japan and abroad and attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year. (Facebook)
Zinphony (Takasaki) – An annual event exhibiting and selling independent handmade and booklet zines.
Zine Camp Festival (Rotterdam) – WORM, PrintRoom and ReKult present Zine Camp, an open workspace connecting like-minded zinesters and newbies from Rotterdam to national/international zinesters and newbies. The aim is to make zines* together, but also to provide a space and place to socialize and collaborate in an attempt to discover and foster a growing community of zine-makers in the NL. (Facebook)
Grafixx Zine Fest (Berlin) —GRAFIXX is a yearly festival filled with lectures, performances, exhibitions and Antwerp’s one and only zine fest. Villanella collaborates with Huis Haas to invite the most exciting graphic artists and independent publishers to DE Studio in Antwerp.(Facebook)
Bookmarks: ECA’s Artists’ Books and Zine Fair (Edinburgh) – An event showcasing art books and zines from across Scotland. (Facebook)
Tenderete Festival (Valencia) –Tenderete is a party of fanzines but it is also a meeting place for small edition, graphic art, euro beer, music, drawing, comics, rare books and lovers of good and bad taste. It takes place twice a year in January and June, and has been running since 2011. (Facebook)
Stockholm Art Book Fair (Stockholm) – Stockholm Art Book Fair will promote cooperation and exchange between publishing houses, while strengthening the position of publishers who focus on art, theory, and aesthetics. (Facebook)
Monstre Festival (Geneva) – The most beautiful festival of silkscreen and micro-edition of the world, in Geneva, the weekend of mid-November of the current year. (Facebook)
Small Press Hobart Zine and Art Fair (Hobart) – A small press, zine, and DIY fair in Hobart, Tasmania.
Bristol Comic and Zine Fair (Bristol) — A celebration of DIY and independent publishing in the UK. (Facebook)
DIY Cultures (London) – An annual day-long event that celebrates zine culture. Feautres vendors, workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions. (Facebook)
Leeds Book Fair (Leeds) – A zine fair featuring vendors and workshops.