2016 Calendar: Dates that *will* show up.

I’ve compiled a few dates for you to add to your planning calendars. Although there are three types listed, they are all fixed. The first set includes dates observed by the masses, the second set includes dates observed by booksellers, and the third set contains fall show dates.

When you add these to you calendars, it’s one step to actually get it on the calendar. But I encourage you to take it a step further. For example, when you add Valentine’s Day to February 14, think about ways you might want to celebrate. Do you want to plan a Date Night? A wine and chocolate tasting? A sonnet open mic night? Do you want to create a “Blind Date with a Book” display? We’re about 6 weeks out right now. How much lead time will you need for planning and promotion? Does the fact that it falls on a Sunday have any bearing on your plans?

When you allow yourself plenty of lead time, planning seasonal events can provide a fun escape from the ordinary.

Here are those dates…

Observed by the masses:

  • January 1: New Year’s Day (falls on a Friday this year)
  • February 9: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day (falls on a Sunday this year)
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (falls on a Thursday this year)
  • April 13: Daylight Saving Time Begins
  • May 8: Mother’s Day (always on the 2nd Sunday in May)
  • May 30: Memorial Day (always on the last Monday in May)
  • June 19: Father’s Day (always on the 3rd Sunday in June)
  • July 4: Independence Day (falls on a Monday this year)
  • September 4: Labor Day (always on the 1st Monday in September)
  • October 31: Halloween (falls on a Monday this year)
  • November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 8: Election Day (always on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday… well, since 1845, anyway, when Congress passed a federal law)
  • November 11: Veteran’s Day (falls on a Friday this year)
  • November 24: Thanksgiving (always on the 4th Thursday in November)
  • December 24: Christmas Eve (falls on a Saturday this year)
  • December 25: Christmas (falls on a Sunday this year)
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve (falls on a Saturday this year)

Observed by booksellers:

  • January 23-26: ABA Winter Institute, Denver, CO
  • April 30: Independent Bookstore Day
  • May 11-13: Book Expo, Chicago, IL
  • June 21-23: ABA Children’s Institute, Orlando, FL
  • November 25: Black Friday
  • November 26: Small Business Saturday

Fall Shows:

  • GLIBA (Great Lakes) & MIBA (Midwest): Heartland Fall Forum, October 5-7, Minneapolis, MN
  • MPIBA (Mountains and Plains): Fall Discovery Show, October 6-8, Denver, CO
  • NAIBA (New Atlantic): Fall Conference, October 15-17, Baltimore, MD
  • NCIBA (Northern CA): Fall Discovery Show, October 27-28, San Francisco, CA
  • NEIBA (New England): Fall Conference, September 20-22, Providence, RI
  • PNBA (Pacific Northwest): Fall Trade Show, September 30-October 2, Tacoma, WA
  • SCIBA (Southern CA): Fall Trade Show, October 21-22, North Hollywood, CA
  • SIBA (South): Fall Discovery Show, September 16-18, Savannah, GA

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay