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.
ISN’T THE FESTIVAL JUST FOR HP FANS?
NO! This event is for fans of all forms of magic and fantasy no matter what fandom it appears in.
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
Saturday October 26 10am-5pm, Sunday October 27, 10am-4pm Full schedule coming soon.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET INTO THE FESTIVAL?
ADMISSION IS FREE to the street festival – donations to offset rising costs accepted at the magic lanterns at the Official Wizarding Weekend Booth and near GorgeKeep Scroll Ceremony on Cayuga Street.
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN WHAT IS A MAGICAL PASSPORT?
A Magical Passport grants you access to exclusive activities, swag and discounts. Passports are valid both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Passports are ON SALE NOW!
DO ALL MY KIDS NEED A MAGICAL PASSPORT?
If your child is age five and up, we recommend they have their own passport.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A MAGICAL PASSPORT IN ADVANCE?
No, BUT we strongly recommend it. We only sell 2500 and the price goes up on October 1st! Passports are ON SALE NOW!
ARE THERE STILL THINGS TO DO IF I DON’T GET A PASSPORT?
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 Creature Hunt, receive the exclusive swag or discounts.
I DON’T WANT A PASSPORT, CAN I JUST PAY AS I GO?
YES and No – The Potions Crawl and Magical Creature 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 Booth.
WE LOST OUR PASSPORT AND/OR PASS! CAN WE GET ANOTHER?
Not without paying a replacement fee of $10. Be sure to keep track of your Passport, Passes and Crawl Cups!
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. NEW this year, there are a few locations that will serve beverages for those that are 21 and over BUT are required to have something for those who are not.
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. A full festival Map will be posted on our website, social media and event app on October 22nd.
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?
PLEASE NO DOGS OR PETS! Why? We have unique animals that are going to be on display at the festival that can be spooked by pets. Also, dogs are not permitted on the Ithaca Commons as per City of Ithaca municipal code. 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. Even the nicest animals can lash 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.
Mystic Arts Ball – If you pre-purchased admission, bring your QR code either printed or on your phone to the event itself, at Liquid State Brewing. You will need to show ID to consume alcohol at this event.
Magical Passports – location and dates available for pick up announced closer to the event
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY RAISED?
We are a break even event, but in the event that we do make a profit, we reinvest it in the FanUnity Inc non profit organization to continue connecting fans with communities.
WHO RUNS THIS FESTIVAL?
FanUnity Inc, a registered non profit organization, is tasked with connecting communities with fandoms.
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 lightning or other unsafe weather conditions.
WHAT IS FREE TO DO AT THE FESTIVAL?
All live performances at the Cayuga Street Performance Circle and at the Bernie Milton Pavilion. GorgeKeep School of Magic guardian quest activities and augmented reality experience (attendees must have their own phone and are encouraged to bring their headphones for this experience).
CAN I PLAY MAGICAL SPORTS?
Yes and no. You can participate in our skills practice sessions with the Ithaca Hex and Ithaca League of Women Rollers. During actual matches, only members of the official teams are permitted to play.
DO YOU OFFER GAMING?
Yes! This year we have a section dedicated to gaming including chess, Magic the Gathering, D&D and unique board games.
LAST YEAR THERE WERE SPECIAL GUESTS, WHY NOT THIS YEAR?
Everything comes with a price, yes, even special guests. In order to get back to the roots of our event, an interactive street festival where the fans and guests are the focus, we have chosen not to hire special guests to be in attendance for 2019.