BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Book Festival will officially move its location to the Inner Harbor.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts said that after the annual event relocated to the Inner Harbor this year due to construction at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon Place, it allowed for expanded programming, additional space and increased accessibility.

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“Although we founded the festival in Mount Vernon, we are confident the waterfront venue will allow the Baltimore Book Festival to reach new heights,” Bill Gimore, the executive director of the organization said. “The Inner Harbor location has already proven to attract new audiences and attention for the event.  We look forward to showcasing one of Baltimore’s most beloved cultural attractions in a new light.”

Attendance increased as well with more than 100,000 Baltimore residents and visitors enjoying the event, which doubled the previous years’ attendance.

However, the organization will continue to hold events at Mt. Vernon Place.

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“The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy is looking forward to working with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, partner community groups and the City to enrich programming in Mount Vernon Place,” said Henry Hopkins, president of the Mount Vernon Conservancy. “We’ll continue to work towards engaging local businesses and cultural institutions, as well as promote and enlarge our current year round community programming in and around the squares.  Our programming includes ‘A Monumental Bicentennial’ celebration on July 4, 2015 to rededicate and reopen the monument; music, dance and children’s programs throughout the year as well as our summer movie series and gardening workshops including a ‘Make your Own Wreath’ workshop on December 13, 2014.”

The 20th annual Baltimore Book Festival is scheduled for Sept. 27 through Sept. 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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