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.

  • Get the Scoop on Melissa de la Cruz Studio
    Off Track Ice Cream
    12:00 pm

    6 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401

    Presented by Disney Books

    Join author and studio head Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods: After Life, The Isle of the Lost) along with special guests Jason June (Out of the Blue) and Jessie Weaver (Live Your Best Lie) as they host an intimate ice cream social and signing at Charleston’s coolest ice cream shop.

    De la Cruz, a longtime Disney author is launching her very own eponymous imprint — Melissa de la Cruz Studio. The collaboration between Disney Publishing Group and de la Cruz will focus on publishing both new and seasoned authors for original content to be developed and expanded across multiple platforms, including for streaming service Disney Plus. The platform’s range will include everything from picture books to adult titles but will specialize in middle grade and YA stories.

    Free. Registration required, limited capacity event with two entries at 12 pm and 1 pm.

    Please register for only ONE time slot for this event. And for ONE free Friday event.

  • Fierce Friday
    Charleston Museum — Courtyard
    2:30 pm

    360 Meeting Street

    Presented by Fierce Reads

    Join an amazing group of best-selling YA authors in the Charleston Museum Inner Couryard for this special Friday preview event hosted by Macmillan Fierce Reads. Featuring book signings with all authors, giveaways and a special treat!

    Authors participating include Jas Hammonds, Lizz Huerta, Nick Brooks, Shannon Hale, Julian Randall, Claribel A. Ortega, Melissa de la Cruz, Ashley Woodfolk, Angeline Boulley, Adalyn Grace, and Dhonielle Clayton. 

    Tickets are free. Please register for ONE free Friday event only.

    2:30 pm signings — Jas Hammonds, Angeline Boulley, Lizz Huerta, Ashley Woodfolk, Adalyn Grace

    3:30 pm signings — Claribel A. Ortega, Nick Brooks, Shannon Hale, Dhonielle Clayton, Julian Randall, Melissa de la Cruz

  • Red Carpet Preview
    Private: Charleston County Public Library
    4:00 pm

    68 Calhoun Street

    Kat Cho (Once Upon a K-Prom), Naz Kutub (The Loophole), David Levithan (Answers in the Pages), Lio Min (Beating Heart Baby), Mark Oshiro (You Only Live Once, David Bravo) and Kiersten White (Wretched Waterpark) walk the red carpet and take part in an interactive discussion in the library’s teen lounge. Book signing to follow.

    Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., downtown Charleston, 29403.

    Free, but advance registration required. Please register for ONLY ONE free Friday event.

  • Opening Keynote with Angeline Boulley and Soman Chainani
    Charleston Music Hall
    10:00 am

    37 John Street

    YALLFest is back for the ELEVENTH time. You will not want to miss the electric energy of the Charleston Music Hall as we kick off the 2022 festival with Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter) and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil).

  • Closing Keynote with Cassandra Clare and Dhonielle Clayton
    Charleston Music Hall
    5:00 pm

    37 John Street

    Come close out YALLFest 2022 with Cassandra Clare (Chain of Thorns, City of Bones) and Dhonielle Clayton (The Marvellers, Whiteout).

    Giveaway: Limited CHAIN OF THORNS fans

  • YA Smackdown
    Charleston Music Hall
    6:00 pm

    37 John Street

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

    That’s EE-leven 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.