Zine Festivals and Small Press Fairs

Welcome to our collection of zine fairs, festivals, DIY and small press related events. If you know of a zine or small press fair that should be on out list, email assisteditor@brokenpencil.com


British Columbia
Canzine West (Vancouver)  – Broken Pencil’s very own festival of zines and independent arts and culture! (Facebook)

Vancouver Art/Book Fair (Vancouver) – A festival for zines, magazines, and small press books. This event features talks, performances, and artist projects.


Canzine Central/Winnipeg Anarchist Bookfair – Since 2014, Broken Pencil has teamed up with the Winnipeg Anarchist Bookfair to put together an amazing yearly bundle of zines, comics, workshops, readings, events and more!

Prairie Comics Festival – A new comic arts festival for independent creators and fans in Winnipeg!

Nova Scotia

Halifax Pop Explosion – An annual festival showcasing new and emerging music, art, and culture. (Facebook)


Toronto Anarchist Bookfair (Toronto) — A yearly two-day bookfair and zine fair for lefties and friends, complete with political workshops.

Artspace Book and Zine Fest (Peterborough) – Held and organized by Artspace, this event features artist-made zines, comics and graphic novels, small press, and other DIY goods. (Facebook)

Canzine Toronto (Toronto)– Broken Pencil’s very own festival of zines and independent arts and culture!

Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair (Hamilton) – Organized by SACHA celebrating feminists zines.

Kazoo! Zine and Comic Expo (Guelph) – Organized by Kazoo!, An artist-run organization based in Guelph, dedicated to showcasing the work of independent artists and zinesters. (Facebook)

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.

Ottawa Zine Fair (Ottawa) – An Ottawa based zine fair celebrating zines and DIY culture in the Ottawa area. (Facebook)
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)
Toronto Queer Zine Fair (Toronto)  – A zine and indie arts fair that seeks to make a space for queer voices in the zine community. (Facebook)

Word on the Street (Toronto)  – A one day event showcasing Canadian books, magazines, and small press. (Facebook)

Zine Dream (Toronto) – An annual celebration of self-publishing, Zine Dream features zines, comics, music, handmade crafts, and more. (Facebook)

Expozine (Montreal, Quebec) – A huge, annual fair for zines, small press, comics, and arts from across North America and Europe. (Facebook)

Queer entre les couvertures/ Queer Between the Covers — Queer, feminist, sex-positive book and zine fair every Summer! (Facebook)


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. (Facebook)

PHX Zine Fest (Phoenix) – An annual event showcasing local small press, comics, photo books, art, zines, and other DIY creations. (Facebook)

APE: the Alternative Press Expo (San Jose) —  An annual convention dedicated to independent, small and self-publishers and artists. (Facebook)

L.A. Zine Fest (Los Angeles) – L.A. Zine Fest is a celebration of zines that hosts workshops. (Facebook)

SD Zine Fest (San Diego) – An annual event for zine makers and zine lovers in and around the San Diego area. (Facebook)

San Francisco Zine Fest (San Francisco) – An annual two-day long festival for underground publishing focusing on zines and DIY culture. (Facebook)

ZineMelt at Meltdown Comics (Los Angeles) – A zine show presented by Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. ZineMelt is a place for zinesters and DIY enthusiasts to meet and sell some stuff.

Miami Zine Fair by EXILE Books (Miami) – A zine fair put on by Florida based book retailer EXILE Books. This event features DJs, performances, artworks, and workshops. (Facebook)

OC Zine Fest (Orange County) – An event featuring zines, comics, small press, and all things DIY (Facebook)

Chicago Zine Fest (Chicago) – An annual two-day event celebrating the talents of Zinester and DIY publishing from Chicago and beyond. (Facebook)

Gluestick Fest (Indianapolis) – A zine fest celebrating zines, small press, DIY, and underground publishing in the Indianapolis area. (Facebook)

Kansas City Zine Con (Kansas City) – A regional exhibition for indie publishers, small press, and zinesters. (Facebook)

Kentucky Fried Zine Fest (Lexington) – Founded in 2005, this zine fest is a free public expo of small press, zines, comics, and DIY culture in Kentucky. (Facebook)

DIY Fest (Baltimore) – A celebration of DIY culture in Baltimore, the event features, vendors and workshops. (Facebook)

Small Press Expo (North Bethesa) – An event celebrating independent cartooning and comic arts. (Facebook)

Boston Zine Fest (Boston) – A weekend long event celebrating zines and DIY culture in Boston. (Facebook)

Pioneer Valley Zine Fest (Massahusetts) – A day long fest aiming to celebrate and support zines and DIY. (Facebook)

Grand Rapids Zine Fest (Grand Rapids) – An annual zine festivals supporting zine and DIY culture in West Michigan. (Facebook)

Twin Cities Zinefest (Minneapolis) – A celebration of DIY culture showcasing the best the Midwest has to offer. (Facebook)

Omaha Zine Fest (Omaha) – A celebration of indie publishing featuring vendors, workshops,  zine library and more. (Facebook)

New Mexico
ABQ Zine Fest (Albuquerque) – An annual event bringing zinesters and DIY enthusiasts together from around New Mexico. (Facebook)

New York
Brooklyn Zine Fest (Brooklyn) — An expo of self-published zines showcasing writers, artists, and publishers from New York and around the world. (Facebook)

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair (Buffalo) — A two-day event bringing together authors, publishers, zinesters, artist, and poets. (Facebook)

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)

NYC Feminist Zine Fest (NYC) — A celebration of feminist zinesters and artists. (Facebook)

Pete’s Mini Zine Fest (Brooklyn) — An annual zine fest held in Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York. (Facebook)

Zine and Self Published Book Fair by CCNY (New York) – An annual event by Baxter St. at the Camera Club of New York for artists to showcase their homemade zines and books. (Facebook)

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)

Scranton Zine Fest  (Scanton) — A celebration of underground, zine, and DIY culture in the Scranton aria. (Facebook)

Handmade & Bound (Nashville) – A celebration of independent publishing, zines, artists, books, and mini comics. (Facebook)

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.

Austin Zine Fest (Austin) – An annual print festival celebrating zine and indie publishers based in Austin. (Facebook)

Zine Fest Houston (Houston) –  A volunteer-run, one-day annual festival celebrating zines and DIY culture. (Facebook)

Milwaukee Zine Fest (Milwaukee) – A zine fest for self-publishers, punks, printers, and DIY enthusiasts. (Facebook)


International Zine Library Day – 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)

MCA Zine Fair (Sydney) – An annual festival featuring hundreds of zinesters, indie press, distros, and and artists. (Facebook)

Other Worlds Zine Fair (Sydney) – A zine event that aims to support and unite zine makers and DIY enthusiasts. (Facebook)

Bandung Zine Fest (Bandung) – A zine fest celebrating zine and DIY culture based in Indonesia. (Facebook)

Zine Fest Berlin (Berlin) — An annual zine fair in Berlin showcasing zines and self-published works. (Facebook)

Bookmarks: ECA’s Artists’ Books and Zine Fair (Edinburgh) – An event showcasing art books and zines from across Scotland. (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.

Never Have I Everest Zine Fair (Nottingham) – A charity zine fest in aid of Childrenreach International. (Facebook)