Preparation for one of southern Arizona's largest events is underway.
The Tucson Festival of Books kicks off on the University of Arizona mall this weekend.
The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Organizers expect 450 authors and more than 130,000 people to attend.
A parade will start the fun Saturday morning, with the first author presentation beginning at 10 a.m.
To see the full schedule, click here: http://bit.ly/2mIDOxy
As festival-goers get ready to head to campus, first responders are urging people to prepare for the heat.
This weekend is expected to be 15 degrees above average.
Crews with the Tucson Fire Department are reminding everyone to drink lots of water, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and use SPF to avoid getting heat stroke.
Despite the large turnout, there will be plenty of free parking. To see a map of festival parking, click HERE.
Parking at the Highland and Park Avenue parking garages will be free, as well as all surface lots.
The CatTran Campus Shuttle is also offering free rides.
The Cherry, Tyndall, 6th Street and Main Gate parking garages are $5.
**Only authors will be allowed to park in the 2nd Street Garage.
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