Visitors 2015

Join us for the 25th Annual Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, June 26th & 27th, 2015!


  • Friday, June 24, 3pm-8pm, $7 (includes Saturday admission)
  • Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm, $5
  • Kids 12 and under get in free!
  • High school and college students: Free admission on Saturday, June 25th with your school ID!

Directions & Parking
The fair takes place in the Progress Center at the State Fairgrounds. Access is easy and there is plenty of free parking! Check here for a map and driving directions. Click on the Interactive Map link to see a closeup of the Progress Center in Section A.

2015 Events & Speakers

  • Kathryn Hujda, Performing Arts Archivist with University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections, will give a presentation about the Minnesota Underground Music Archive (MUMA) and how archivists are preserving the Minnesota music scene of the past, present, and future. Saturday, June 27, 11am
  • Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota, will talk about collecting breweriana, all of the items imprinted with brewery images which make up this fun collecting field.  Learn from an expert!  You can even get advice on starting your own collection!
  • Dr. Brent K.S. Woodfill, Director of the Proyecto Salinas de los Nueve Cerros and affiliated scholar, Institute for Advanced Studay, University of Minnesota will speak on Maya Literature from Codices by to the Books About.  Saturday, June 27, 2pm.
  • Join us for Free Appraisal Day on Saturday, June 27th, from 12-3pm!  Visitors are invited to bring in up to four books from their own collection to be evaluated by an expert.
  • All day Saturday: Members of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ artist co-op will bring a Kelsey tabletop press and print free letterpress keepsake bookmarks for all attendees.
  • Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us – we will be raffling $25 gift certificates to use at the fair every hour on Saturday!
  • Meet and talk to all of our expert booksellers and our partners including Rain Taxi, Minnesota Underground Music Archives, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and more!  Learn about book collecting, books arts, preserving our history in the archives and more!

Collecting FAQs
Interested in collecting, but have some questions? Wondering how booksellers come up with those prices? What makes a book valuable, anyway? Check out “Your Old Books” on the RBMS site!

Members of the press, we are pleased to assist with interviews of exhibitors and speakers in advance of and during the fair, as well as general background information regarding the fair.  All credentialed press may request access to the fair and all special events.

For press and media inquiries, please contact:
Valerie Urban