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APRIL 22nd 2023 

10:30am to 4:30pm

Central Branch of the Public Library

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MZF celebrates and promotes zine culture, DIY creative literary work, small press publishing, and other independent, self-created wonders in magazine-like format.


We’re one of the Midwest’s longest-standing zine fests: 15 years strong and kicking!

Zines provide a safe, independent platform of expression for underrepresented and marginalized voices: Black, Indigenous & People of Color, young people, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ(+) community, persecuted religious groups, and people with limited economic resources.

About MZF
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Founded in 2008, MZF is an annual explosion of zine-focused wonder in the form of a boisterous festival featuring over 100 vendors from across the country.  It's always free to attend, and always super fun for all ages.


The single day event is held at the Central Branch of Milwaukee Public Library, and packed with opportunities to explore and purchase various forms of DIY and independent publishing presented by diverse artists, writers, illustrators, photographers, poets--and more!

The festival also features hands on experiences and workshops throughout the day.  Stop by to test a typewriter, make a letterpress print, construct a flipbook, or learn about zine culture, history, and social impact.  Every year the fest is a little different, but our vision always remains the same:

  • We believe your voice should be represented in the published world. 

  • We support radical, independent, and unorthodox ways of publishing by cultivating a community of those who support one another in doing so.

  • Proactively creating space, equity, and leadership opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Zinesters of Color is woven into MZF's mission.  We are listening, learning, and evolving to do this better.

MZF is a program of The Bindery in partnership with The Milwaukee Public Library.  The Bindery runs additional zine programming year 'round including a collective zine publishing house and communal retail for zinesters.

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Interested in tabling at Milwaukee Zine Fest? Every year we run a lottery in winter to determine the roster for spring. 


The lottery is only open for a few days every January.

Click the link above to learn more about how the lottery works and join The Bindery's e-list for the annual lottery announcement on our contact page.

Fest FAQ

MZF frequently asked questions:



When and where is MZF? How do I get there? Is the space

ADA accessible?


We run at least one scholarship, internship or apprenticeship a year. Stay tuned for info.


How do I register to table at MZF? How much does it cost? What types of things can I sell?


We run zine programming regularly through The Bindery.  Click the bolt for class info.


MZF is 100% volunteer run by our awesome Zine Team. Join us: click the icon to contact us.


Need more help? Contact us via The Bindery by clicking the icon above.

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