Festival Info

Geektown for Teens

Prepare yourself. Geektown is going to be AWESOME.

Are you a teenager planning on being at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 7? Or are you the parent of teenagers who love to read? Or a teacher with teenage students who devour books?

Well, take it from us — you are going to love GEEKTOWN, the Book Festival’s cool and exclusive area where young adult readers can spend the day. Check it out!

The Authors

In the H-E-B Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art and at Whataburger Geektown HQ, we will feature author presentations and panels discussing interesting topics in YA literature with some of the bestselling authors in YA lit. Following the authors’ presentations, you can purchase a book from Barnes & Noble and then meet the author to get your book signed!

Take a look at our 2018 young adult lineup:

Holly Black (The Cruel Prince)
Daniel Chacon (The Cholo Tree)
Claudia Gray (Defy the Worlds)
Naomi Shihab Nye (Voices in the Air)
Jason Reynolds (For Every One)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (The Inexplicable Logic of My Life)
Erika L. Sánchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter)
Neal Shusterman (Thunderhead)
Martin Wilson (We Now Return to Regular Life)

The Activities

  • Watch rocket launches in 3D, wearing virtual reality glasses courtesy of Whataburger
  • Try your luck at robot racing, courtesy of Sphero Robotics and Whataburger 
  • Build and launch rockets 50 feet high with Straw Rockets and Whataburger 
  • Make your own video game controller with Makey Makey and Whataburger
  • Stop by the Whataburger charging station to make sure you stay connected
  • Let your competitive flag fly with Whataburger Fry Toss, Onion Ring Toss, Jenga, Connect 4, bean bags and more!
  • Enjoy a complete gaming experience with Whataburger: cards and board, dice, and role-playing games 
  • Wear your Whataburger pride with sweet swag from Whataburger while supplies last (First 50 teens will receive a Whataburger festival fanny pack!)
  • Help rename Geektown! Share your opinion with our onsite Whataburger team!
  • Use the Whataburger geofilter to impress your friends on Snapchat
  • Participate in a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game with Dragon’s Lair and Taft High School
  • Learn about robotics and watch live-action demos with Clash of Coders 11155 FTC Robotics
  • Enter a virtual reality simulation with The IMG Studio VR
  • Take home a 3-D scan of yourself from 3D Technologies @ SAC
  • Get Sorted and pin the scar on Harry Potter with the Burbank High School Harry Potter Club
  • Go for a checkmate playing life-sized chess with Jefferson High School
  • Step into the Party Time Pictures photo booth with friends to capture Book Festival memories!
  • Record your poetry at SAPL’s V.R.O.O.M. van
  • Get creative building your own zine with Red Salmon Arts and Barrio Writers
  • Check out the Little Free Library Project from Girl Scout Troop 300
  • Catch up on your favorite graphic novels and comic books with Penny-Farthing Productions, Inc.
  • Stock up on wands, rings, and wizard things from WandsNRings
  • Test your YA literature knowledge at the Geektown Crossword Puzzle
  • Get wordy at the Geektown Word Wall

We hope to see you in Geektown on April 7!

Teens at 2016 SABF