Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
Wizarding Weekend is a three day weekend celebration of magic, science fiction and fantasy – Friday October 26 Noon-6pm, 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 will go on sale June 30, 2018
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PASSPORTS?
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 ticketed items in advance and as a group. Passports will go on sale June 30, 2018.
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.
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. What will be included in the passport will be announced June 20, 2018.
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 go on sale June 30, 2018
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL?
Using GPS – 171 West 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.
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 tickets and passports are WILL CALL only.
City of Magic Ball tickets will be at the event itself, the Community School of Music and Art (CSMA, 3rd floor ballroom). You will need to show ID and your QR code at the event.
Spirited Spirits tickets are all will call and are at the event itself (Coltivare ballroom). You will need to show ID and your QR code at the event.
Cocktails for Cosplayers tickets are all will call and are at the event itself (Hotel Ithaca ballroom). You will need to show ID and your QR code at the event.
GALAtic tickets are all will call and are at the event itself (Ithaca Marriott ballroom). You will need to show ID and your QR code at the event.
Magical Passports can be picked up at the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center from 12-6pm on Friday Oct 26. On Oct 27 and 28 all prepaid passes will be available for pick up at the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center, which is located in the center of the Ithaca Commons next to 15 Steps Gift Shop. You will need to show ID and your QR code when you pick up.
I MISSED OUT ON GETTING TICKETS? WILL I STILL HAVE FUN?
YES! Even if you didn’t get a Magical Passport, you will still have fun! The games will still be available for you to purchase as you go along and there is a lot of free entertainment to be enjoyed.
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. The 2018 charitable organization list will be announced July 31, 2018.
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.