Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
Wizarding Weekend is a four day weekend filled with magic – HOWEVER the street festival itself happens on Saturday and Sunday October 28 and 29 from 10am-5pm ONLY. Thursday is our Half Blood Prince Blood Drive and Friday is our City of Magic Ball. For a full schedule of events CLICK HERE
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET INTO THE FESTIVAL?
ADMISSION IS FREE to the street festival on Saturday and Sunday. There are select booths (games, crafts and activities) that have fees that help us raising funds for charity each year as well as offset the festival cost. You can pay-as-you-go for these booths OR you can purchase a Magical Passport. There are also select events (City of Magic Ball, Advanced Potions for Adults and the Halloween Brunch) that have ticket fees and proceeds benefit the festival. To purchase any tickets or passes CLICK HERE
WHAT IS A MAGICAL PASSPORT?
A Magical Passport is our way of combining all the pay-as-you-go booths into one fee and one pass to make it easier to enjoy the festival, save AND donate to charity. Included in the passport is: the Magical Artifact Hunt, the Potions Crawl, three crafts (Dragon Egg Making, Floo Powder Making, Slime Potion Making), five games (all with prizes) and one acceptance letter. Normal cost of these things separately is $33 per person, but the Magical Passport is only $20 per person. To purchase a Magical Passport or other passes, CLICK HERE
HOW MANY MAGICAL PASSPORTS SHOULD I GET?
Magical Passports are ideal for kids ages 4-18 and those young at heart who want to take part in all the fun aspects of the festival. The Potions Crawl is family friendly and gives samples enough for only one person to enjoy. The Magical Artifact Hunt only gives one person a prize at the end and only one entry into our grand prize drawing. To purchase a Magical Passport or other passes, CLICK HERE
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POTIONS CRAWL AND ADVANCED POTIONS FOR ADULTS?
The Potions Crawl is a self guided crawl to 13 (thirteen) different local businesses who are offering exclusive samples to those who have the Potions Crawl Pass. This is a daytime crawl from 10am-5pm, family friendly (no alcohol) and requires an exclusive cup to receive the samples (given to all paid pass holders). Advanced Potions for Adults is an evening event of alcoholic beverages inspired by magic at Coltivare (the 2017 Advanced Potions for Adults event is SOLD OUT). To purchase a Potions Crawl pass, CLICK HERE
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL?
Using GPS – 116 West Green Street, Ithaca NY 14850
The festival footprint spreads from Press Bay Alley, the lots just behind the alley, through to the 100 block of MLK Jr./State Street, the 100 blocks of Cayuga Street, the Ithaca Commons and special surrounding businesses on Green Street, Seneca Street, the 200 block of Cayuga Street, the 200 block of Aurora Street and the DeWitt Mall.
WHERE CAN I STAY?
The best resource for accommodations is VisitIthaca.com. AirBnB and VRBO also have locations in our area.
WHERE DO I PARK?
CLICK HERE for a full description of parking in downtown Ithaca. We STRONGLY encourage people who can use the public bus (TCAT) system to do so, especially if you are a student from Ithaca College or Cornell University.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
NO DOGS OR PETS are permitted at our festival. Why? We have unique animals that are going to be on display at the festival that can be spooked by your dog. Also, dogs are not permitted on the Ithaca Commons as per City of Ithaca municipal code. You may be fined or ticketed if you bring your dog. Moreover, this event can be very overwhelming for PETS (lots of people in costume, joyful children, etc) – we don’t want your pet to get stressed out. Service animals are welcome.
I BOUGHT TICKETS – WHERE DO I PICK THEM UP?
City of Magic Ball tickets are all will call and are at the event itself, the Community School of Music and Art (CSMA, 3rd floor ballroom). You will need to show ID and your confirmation code at the event.
Advanced Potions for Adults tickets are all will call and are at the event itself, Coltivare Restaurant (ballroom). You will need to show ID and your confirmation code at the event.
Magical Passports, Potions Crawl Passes and/or Magical Artifact Hunt Passes can be picked up at Life’s So Sweet Chocolates October 24 through Oct 27. On Oct 28 and 29 the passes will be available for purchase and pick up at our festival Merchandise booth at the corner of Cayuga Street near Handwork Artist Cooperative.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY RAISED?
We have two goals with the funds we raise, first we cover the expenses of the festival. Second, we donate the proceeds to a charitable organization chosen annually. The 2017 charitable organization is the Blue Sky Center for Learning, a one-to-one autism learning center in Danby NY just outside of Ithaca.
WHO RUNS THIS FESTIVAL?
A core group of volunteers is lead by Festival Director, Darlynne Overbaugh. Darlynne has been the driving force behind Wizarding Weekend since the idea was initially conceived by Gabe and Aiden Gayos in October 2015.
CAN I WEAR A COSTUME?
YES PLEASE DO! We encourage all types costumes for Wizarding Weekend because it makes the street festival that much more fun. HOWEVER we ask you leave all real and fake weaponry at home and keep in mind this is a family friendly event as you plan your costume. For a full overview of our general community rules CLICK HERE