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at Milwaukee Central Library

APRIL 20th 2024 

10:30am to 4:30pm 

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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.

Milwaukee Zine Fest is an annual celebration produced by The Bindery in partnership with Milwaukee Public Library.

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We’re one of the Midwest’s longest-standing

zine fests: 16 years strong and kicking!

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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.

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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 Milwaukee Central 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.

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When and where is MZF? How do I get there? Is the space ADA accessible? What else should I know?


Who runs zine fest? Meet the core MZF Zine Team who makes the fest fabulous every year!


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


MZF has firm policies on inclusion, accessibility and being a safe(r) space. 


MZF is 100% volunteer run by our awesome Zine Team. Join us: click below to fill out a form.


Need more help? No problem. Contact us via The Bindery by clicking below.

MZF is produced by The Bindery

in partnership with The Milwaukee Public Library.

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