Wizarding Weekend: Past, Present and Future
Wizarding Weekend was created in 2015 as a magical celebration including trick or treating, costumes and fun in Ithaca’s Press Bay Alley. Within days of its inception, the event went viral online and thousands of people RSVP’d. Families and fans from hours away were excited about coming to Ithaca for a magical escape. People arrived in outlandish costumes, and a community was created instantly. Local business owners created interesting products for guests to purchase, and the event became a massive success. It continues to be one of Ithaca’s biggest events and is hosted each year for families and fans to enjoy.
2015: 8,000 attendees for a five hour viral event. The core principal of interactive festival is born.
2016: 10,000 people attended a full weekend of ticketed events and one day street festival.
2017: 20,000 attendees over two street festival days. STEAM topics are integrated into the programming and over $7500.00 was raised for a local charitable organization – the Blue Sky Center for Learning (a one-to-one autism center).
2018: despite extremely rainy weather, 10,000 attendees enjoyed two days of street festival activities. The first guardian quest is introduced as part of the ongoing development of the GorgeKeep School of Magic
2019: Wizarding Weekend continues to be a celebration of MAGIC, SCIENCE and FANTASY filled with family friendly activities, entertainment and vendors.
PLEASE NOTE: Wizarding Weekend is NOT a ‘Harry Potter’ festival. We embrace all fandoms and encourage people who enjoy magic, science fiction, fantasy and science to attend.