Frequently Asked Questions
IS THE FESTIVAL STILL ALLOWED TO HAPPEN?
YES! No matter what you have read or heard, Wizarding Weekend is happening. Spread the news – Share Our Event on FACEBOOK and tell all your friends to grab their costumes and come for a magical weekend.
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
Wizarding Weekend is a three day weekend celebration of magic, science and fantasy – Friday October 26 Noon-6pm (pumpkin carving, trick or treat and classes only), Full Street Festival is on both Saturday October 27 10am-5pm and Sunday October 28 10am-4pm. 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 all three days. 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, Spirited Spirits, Cocktails for Cosplayers, GALAtic, among others) that have ticket fees and proceeds benefit the festival. Tickets are ON SALE NOW!
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN WHAT IS A MAGICAL PASSPOR?
Wizarding Weekend 2018 Street Festival is a FREE ADMISSION event however there are a handful of activities that require payment to participate in. We offer a Magical Passport so that people can purchase all the payment required activities in advance and as a group. Passports are valid both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Passports are ON SALE NOW!
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A MAGICAL PASSPORT IN ADVANCE?
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to purchase your Magical Passport in ADVANCE as we cannot guarantee that they will be available for purchase during the festival. They sold out a month prior to the event in 2017 and by purchasing them in advance you help festival organizers better anticipate festival needs. Passports are ON SALE NOW!
IF I DID NOT GET A MAGICAL PASSPORT ARE THERE STILL THINGS TO DO?
YES – the street festival has MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES, exhibits and booths beyond what is included in the Magical Passport. HOWEVER, you will not be able to participate in the Potions Crawl or Magical Artifact Hunt as those are exclusive to the Magical Passport.
DOES THE POTIONS CRAWL HAVE ALCOHOL?
The Potions Crawl is a self-guided, family friendly crawl to different local businesses who are offering exclusive samples of unique beverages and/or foods. As it is family friendly, no alcohol is served on the Potions Crawl. Passports are required and an exclusive cup is used to receive the samples. The following events have themed alcoholic drinks and require ID and a ticket for admittance: City of Magic Ball, Spirited Spirits, Cocktails for Cosplayers, and GALAtic. Tickets and Passports are ON SALE NOW!
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL?
Using GPS – 171 East Martin Luther King Jr Street, Ithaca NY 14850
The festival footprint includes The Ithaca Commons, the 100 block of MLK Jr./State Street, the 100 blocks of Cayuga Street, Press Bay Alley and the Parking Lot directly behind it, DeWitt Mall and special surrounding businesses on Green Street, Seneca Street, the 200 block of Cayuga Street and the 200 block of Aurora Street. Specific participating businesses will be announced as the festival approaches.
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. Carpooling is also highly recommended.
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?
ALL Passports are WILL CALL ONLY and Tickets for Special Events are Virtual with QR codes. Be sure to Download the GROWTIX APP to access all of your Passport and Ticket Purchases.
City of Magic Ball – If you purchased admission, bring your QR code either printed or on your phone to the event itself, the Community School of Music and Art (CSMA, 3rd floor ballroom). You will need to show ID to consume alcohol at this event.
Spirited Spirits – If you purchased admission, bring your QR code either printed or on your phone to the event itself, the Coltivare Ballroom. You will need to show ID to consume alcohol at this event.
Cocktails for Cosplayers – If you purchased admission, bring your QR code either printed or on your phone to the event itself, the Hotel Ithaca Ballroom. You will need to show ID to consume alcohol at this event.
GALActic – If you purchased admission, bring your QR code either printed or on your phone to the event itself, the Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons Ballroom. You will need to show ID to consume alcohol at this event.
Magical Passports – can be picked up at the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center, 171 E State Street on the Commons (next to 15 Steps Gift Shop), Tuesday-Friday October 23-26 from 10-5pm. On Oct 27 and 28 all prepaid Passports will be available for pick up at the same location but lines can be long so we encourage all Passport holders to take advantage of the earlier pick up options. You will need to show ID and your QR code when you pick up.
I DON’T WANT THE FULL PASSPORT OFFERINGS, CAN I JUST PAY AS I GO?
YES and No – The Potions Crawl and Magical Artifact Hunt are exclusive to the Passport and cannot be purchased separately. Tickets to the Games and Crafts can be purchased separately at the Wizarding Weekend Merchandise Booths and Ticketing Booths on the festival days.
WE LOST OUR PASSPORT AND/OR PASS! CAN WE GET ANOTHER?
NO! Be sure to keep track of your Passport, Passes and Crawl Cups! We only have enough for you to have the initial one you are given when you pick them up at the Will Call location – the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center.
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 local and regional charitable organizations that participate in our event. CLICK HERE for the list of 2018 charitable organizations.
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 (wands are permitted) 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
WILL THE FESTIVAL HAPPEN IN THE RAIN?
YES! Our festival is a rain/snow/cold or shine event. We encourage everyone to be prepared for cooler weather and bring a magical umbrella to stay dry. The only way we ‘close’ the festival is if there is lightening or other unsafe weather conditions.