Ithaca already has no shortage of magic-themed events and figures, obviously led by the Commons Magic Man and his best magic in town, but you can add one more to the list.
‘Wizardfest’, a “Harry Potter” themed pop-up party, will take place in select cities beginning October 12 through November 22. Ithaca’s event will be held on Oct. 23 at the Haunt. The event is separate from the famous Wizarding Weekend, which starts a few days afterward and mostly takes place around downtown.
According to a press release, ‘Wizardfest’ will feature “Harry Potter” themed trivia and a live DJ, playing all of the favorites from the movies, as well as a variety of hits from the 90s and 00s, all while transforming your favorite venue into Hogwarts for one night only.
Your very own “Leaky Cauldron” will offer specially crafted “Harry Potter” themed drinks, such as “Butterbeer” and “Polyjuice Potion” for those 21 and over, so get ready to empty your Gringotts accounts. Attendees are encouraged to take a trip to Diagon Alley to pick up their favorite robes, broomsticks, and wands and come in their best dressed Harry Potter attire and participate in an epic costume contest that rivals the Tri-Wizard Cup.
“All witches, wizards, and even muggles can throw their names into the Goblet of Fire to enter the Grand Prize Sweepstakes, where the winner will be awarded a trip for two to London,” the release said.
Established in 2018 by Supreme Entertainment, Pop Up Party Tours has quickly become the leading producer of touring theme parties in the United States. In addition to ‘Wizardfest’, Pop Up Party Tours also hosts ‘Scrantonicity’, an “Office”-themed party tour.
More information can be found on the Pop Up Party Tours website.
Following Wizardfest will be Wizarding Weekend. Wzarding Weekend is a beloved local benchmark of autumn, though there has been some uncertainy in recent years as Warner Bros. has begun to crack down on similar events around the country.
Regardless, Wizarding Weekend is currently slated to be held Oct. 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m All are welcome, though donations are welcome to cover event finannces. .