Ya’ll Fest


Keynote and Smackdown Tickets Available Now

Individual Event Tickets

All panels and signings are free and open to the public except for the keynote talks and the YA Smackdown.

  • Opening Keynote Conversation with E. Lockhart and Adam Silvera: Sponsored by Underlined
    Charleston Music Hall
    10:00 am

    37 John Street


    Sponsored by Underlined. The first 500 people in the door will receive a water bottle and sticker sheet from Underlined!


    After 2 long years, YALLFest is back in real life! You will not want to miss the insane energy of the Charleston Music Hall as we kick off the Tenth Annual Festival with E. Lockhart (We Were Liars) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End).

    With two of the most popular books on TikTok, Lockhart and Silvera will discuss the twisty plots, intriguing characters, and lots and lots of tears that keep them at the TipTop of the bestseller list.


    NOTE: Proof of full Covid vaccination or negative Covid-19 test is required for entry. Vaccination final dose must be received at least 14 days prior to the event (no later than Oct. 30). Negative test must be taken within 72 hours. 

    Free wristbands, required for YALLFest 2021 admittance, will be distributed on site to all vacccinated / negative test attendees.

  • Closing Keynote Conversation with Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Ashley Woodfolk
    Charleston Music Hall
    5:00 pm

    37 John Street


    The book world was electrified by the announcement of six high-wattage authors joining forces for an interlinked novel, and this summer’s release of Blackout did not leave fans in the dark! The six stories of teens finding love during a power outage lit up the New York Times bestseller list and has sparked a film and TV series in the works with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions.

    Five Blackout contributors and YALLFest legends Dhonielle Clayton (Shattered Midnight), Tiffany D. Jackson (White Smoke), Nic Stone (Fast Pitch), Angie Thomas (Concrete Rose), and Ashley Woodfolk (When You Were Everything) will link circuits for our closing keynote — it’s going to be lights OUT!


  • YA Smackdown
    Charleston Music Hall
    6:00 pm

    37 John Street

    YALLFest’s most beloved tradition, the Smackdown, is back for the TENTH TIME!

    That’s ten years of Golden Pie Awards, Juvenilia, Tiger Beat, LivingTableau Book Covers, Hollywood Squares, Borderline-Inappropriate Sketches Based on Picture Books and Epic Lip Sync Battles.

    Come see your favorite authors on stage with hosts Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil) and Brendan Reichs (Darkdeep) for games, laughs, tears and dancing.