Frequently Asked Questions

DC Zinefest Basics
Tablers at Zinefest
Registration Process
Where can I find zines besides the DC Zinefest?

DC Zinefest: What, Where, When, and How?

What is DC Zinefest?
The DC Zinefest is an independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community.

When is DC Zinefest 2019?
Zinefest will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2020 from 11am to 5pm.

Is there an admission fee?
We do not charge an admission fee. Instead, we collect donations to support the fest and to support Art Enables. Please remember to bring cash to buy zines!

Where is DC Zinefest 2020?
DC Zinefest will again be held at Art Enables at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, D.C. Art Enables is an Art Gallery and Vocational Arts program dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn income from their original and compelling artwork.

Is DC Zinefest accessible?
The building has two floors. Inside the building, there are 15 to 20 steps with a handrail to go between the first floor and second floors. Both entrances are accessible directly from the street outside with no steps. To go from the first floor to the second floor you will need to exit the building and enter via the other entrance. 

How do I get to DC Zinefest 2020?

  • Public Transport: The nearest Metro rail station is Rhode Island Avenue – Brentwood (Red Line), which is 1.4 miles away from Art Enables. From the station, several Metrobuses — the 83 (toward Cherry Hill) and T18 (toward New Carrollton Station) — drop off close to Art Enables. For other public transit options, you may want to consult with WMATA’s Trip Planner tool.
  • Driving/Parking: Art Enables has provided this information on parking: “Art Enables is at the corner of Rhode Island Ave and 22nd St NE. There is usually a lot of street parking on Rhode Island Avenue. In addition, 22nd Street NE is not zoned or metered, and there is usually a lot of available parking on there, and in the neighborhood surrounding 22nd St.” Be sure to read signs carefully so you don’t get a parking ticket!

Who can come to DC Zinefest?
You! Bring your friends too! DC Zinefest is all-ages and open to the public. All visitors and zinesters should comply with our safer spaces policy.

How much do zines typically cost at DC Zinefest?
In past years, zinesters have generally charged $3 to $6 dollars per zine, on average. However, zines with full-color pages, cloth covers, or other special finishes typically cost more. There have generally been few items priced over $15. Don’t forget to bring cash!

Where is the closest ATM so I can bring cash?
There is a Bank of America at 915 Rhode Island Ave NE, a TD Bank at 905 Rhode Island Ave NE, and a SunTrust Bank in the Rhode Island Row shopping center next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.

Is there any way to share my work if I don’t get a table?
Volunteers will be running a “day-of distribution” table at the Zinefest. You can add your zines to the table for sale or trade during the fest. Please pick up your proceeds and zines before 5pm.

What else can I do near DC Zinefest?

  • Good Food Markets (2006 Rhode Island Ave NE) is a neighborhood grocery store.
  • Woodridge Neighborhood Library (1801 Hamlin St NE, at intersection with Rhode Island Ave NE) is a beautiful, newly-renovated branch of the D.C. Public Library, featuring a rooftop deck and comfortable reading areas. The library is usually open from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Saturdays.
  • Langdon Park Recreation Center (2901 20th St NE, behind the library) is an outdoor park that features a community center, the Langdon Park Pool, and the Chuck Brown Memorial, monument to the legendary D.C. musician known as the “Godfather of Go-Go.”
  • The Langdon Park Pool (2860 Mills Avenue, NE)  is a great place to cool down on a hot day. This public pool is free for DC residents (and has an admission fee for non-residents). The pool is typically open from 11am to 6pm on Saturdays.
  • Artist & Craftsman Supply (1201 Brentwood Rd NE) can provide for any morning-of arts & crafts needs.

Tablers at Zinefest

Getting Ready for the Fest

When should I arrive to set up my table?
Plan to arrive at 10:00 am to check in and find your table assignment. There will be coffee and bagels on-hand, so grab a bite while you set up and meet your fellow tablers. The festival will open to the public at 11:00 am.

How will people pay for my zines?
Most visitors will bring cash. In the past, several zinesters have happily used Square or PayPal Here to accept credit/debit card payments—which charge fees on payments—but this is purely optional. We strongly recommend you bring $5 and $1 bills to be able to make change if visitors pay with larger bills!

I need to leave my table to use the bathroom or visit a panel. What do I do?
There will be “tabler liaisons” assigned to you and other nearby zinesters. Your liaison can help you with things big and small: finding a volunteer to cover your table for a bit, or getting you change if you have run out of small bills. Your liaisons will introduce themselves on the day of the fest, and will be available throughout the day.

What do I do at the end of the day?
DC Zinefest ends and break-down begins promptly at
5:00 pm. Be prepared to pack up your zines and clear your table so the organizers and volunteers can begin clean up.

I’m coming from afar and need a place to stay before/after Zinefest. Who has a couch I can crash on?
Email the organizers at if you need lodging or can provide lodging.

You didn’t answer my question — who do I talk to?!
Feel free to contact us in advance of Zinefest with any questions or concerns at For those tabling, on the day of the fest, there will be a “tabler liaison” assigned to you and other nearby zinesters.

Registration Process

How do I apply for a table at DC Zinefest 2020?
General online applications to table at DC Zinefest will open on this website on Saturday, March 1, 2020 and will close on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020. We anticipate receiving a high number of applications. We will not be offering a mail-in option this year. Applications for zinesters seeking stipends will remain open until May 1st.

How does DCZF select zinesters from the list of applicants?
For DC Zinefest 2020, we will reserve tables for:

  • Zinesters who are people of color, people with disabilities, people who identify as LBGTQIA+, and/or people with low income; as well as
  • Zinesters who have not previously tabled at DC Zinefest.

We will conduct random lotteries to select zinesters from the above categories. The remaining tables will be reserved for returning tablers, who will also be selected via random lottery.

What’s the reasoning behind the lottery system?
People from marginalized and oppressed communities have historically used zines to amplify their own voices, which might otherwise have been muted by existing power structures. The organizers of DC Zinefest feel we must do more to highlight voices that might otherwise be left out. Our big goal is that Zinefest amplifies an increasingly diverse group of voices, particularly those of folks from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups.

How would it have cost me to have a table?
This year, we’re offering third tables instead of quarter tables (in addition to half tables) in response to feedback from last year’s zinesters that space behind tables was cramped. 

Rates for tables for 2020 are $12 for a third table and $17 for a half table.

I need help covering the costs of printing my zine; can DC Zinefest help?
Yes! DC Zinefest gives out stipends to supported zinesters who are persons of color, LQBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and/or low-income people. The stipends include $50 and a third table. We have given out 17 stipends over the past two years.

To apply for a stipend, there will be a box to check in our registration form. Applications for stipends will remain open until May 1st, 2020.

When will I find out whether my application is accepted? And what happens after that?
We will be contacting zinesters beginning in mid/late-April. Zinesters applying for a stipend will be contacted in mid/late-May.

If I am added to the wait list, will I be able to get a table?
In the past, there has been a lot of demand for tables at DC Zinefest. The length of the wait list varies from year to year. Don’t lose hope; we sometimes have tables that become available as Zinefest approaches. 

Is there any way to share my work if I don’t get a table?
We will be running a “day-of distribution” table at the Zinefest. You can add your zines to the table for sale or trade during the fest, and pick up the proceeds (and any leftover zines) at the end of the day.

Where can I find zines besides DC Zinefest?

Local to DC:
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Fantom Comics
Big Planet Comics
Joint Custody

Velocity Comics (Richmond, VA)
Small Friend Records & Books (Richmond, VA)
Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD)

Many zinesters have zines for sale on personal websites or you can contact them through social media.
You can also try searching for zines on platforms like: Etsy

Other Zine Fests:
Broken Pencil is a magazine on zine culture and independent arts. They have an extensive list of zine fests.