A Children’s Literature Festival for Northwest Indiana

Dunes Lit Fest 2023 Dates

Valparaiso University and Porter County Public Library invite you to join us at the inaugural Dunes Lit Fest! This community event will celebrate reading, writing, and creativity by highlighting national award winning and local children’s authors on our main stage. Families of all ages are welcome!

  • Meet national award winning and local authors (see author list below)
  • Dance to ScribbleMonster’s jams during the lunch-time concert
  • Browse vendor booths
  • Enjoy tasty treats from local food trucks
  • Participate in exclusive book signings
  • Grab a picture with Valpo’s mascots, Beacon and Blaze
  • Engage in an interactive StoryWalk┬«
  • Participate in a Book Swap
    • Bring a gently used book and trade it out for a different story- children’s books only, please!
    • Don’t have a book to trade in? That’s okay! Every child leaves with a free book!

2023 Event Schedule

Parking Information: May 6th

Download a pdf of the parking map here
Our T-shirt Presale is now live!


Show your support for the Dunes Lit Fest by purchasing a t-shirt for you or for the whole family! All proceeds will go toward the 2024 Dunes Lit Fest, now scheduled for May 4th!
Help us bring in award winning authors, storytellers, and entertainment to make next year’s Lit Fest “one for the books”!

Adult t-shirts: $20, Youth t-shirts: $15

Thanks to generous donations from community members, like you, we are able to offer the Dunes Lit Fest as a FREE community event for all! We would love to continue to do so for all future festivals. If you would like to support a future festival, please consider making a donation by clicking the button below. (If you do not wish to buy a t-shirt in support of the festival, you may leave this section blank, and continue on to the donation section of the form).

Click here to purchase your t-shirt or make a donation today!

T-shirts will be available for pick up at our t-shirt sale booth on May 6th from 10 am – 4 pm.

Thank you for your support!


Featured Authors

Thank you to our sponsors!