WRITTEN BY: NICKY PARRY
Wands and potions and Harry Potter- oh my! Wizardfest is a magical party for Wizards, Muggles, and of course, Squibs, and it’s coming to cities all across the U.S.
Wizardfest started in 2016 and sold out last year in New York, Chicago, and Dallas. Founder John Damiano explains “Wizardfest started as an idea in 2016 where we thought about transforming venues into castles with decorations, light shows, themed cocktails and incorporating all things magic into a dance party… There is something for everyone… whether you like to dance, you’re into magic, or you just love Harry Potter” (quote via Reybee, Inc.)
This year, Harry Potter fans can experience the magic in over thirty cities nationwide. Kicking off in Madison, WI on Wednesday, September 19th and ending November 9th in Columbus, OH, Wizardfest is one of the most exciting and anticipated Halloween celebrations this fall.
At Wizardfest, you can pretend you’re at the Yule Ball and dance the night away. Show off your Ravenclaw aptitude and play Harry Potter Trivia (rest assured, there will be an anti-cheating spell). Bring out your competitive Gryffindor with a game of Quidditch pong. Yes- QUIDDITCH PONG. Seek out your best partner, beat other teams, and chase some cash rewards and prizes in the tournament!
Take a visit to the bar for a Three Broomsticks-like experience with Firewhiskey or the beloved Butterbeer. You can also get a Polyjuice Potion, but use wisely! And don’t get caught stealing the ingredients from Professor Snape’s cupboard! They’ll also have Unicorn Blood available, but remember, you’ll live “a half-life, a cursed life” if you drink it. Just lookout for a guy named Quirrell!
Don’t forget- Hogwarts has a dress code! Wizardfest will have a costume contest! Slytherin to your best Harry Potter cosplay and you could win a prize.
Make like a Hufflepuff this fall and find your way to Wizardfest when it comes to a city near you! Whether you apparate, use Floo Powder, take the Knight Bus, or fly your car- follow the Marauder’s Map to Wizardfest!
For more information and to buy tickets, go to: http://popuppartytours.com/.
Wed Sep 19: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Thu Sep 20: STL @ Ready Room
Fri Sep 21: Lawrence, KS @ Grenada Theatre
Sat Sep 22: Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
Sun Sep 23: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Tue Sep 25: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Thu Sep 27: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Fri Sep 28: St Cloud, MN @ Red Carpet
Sat Sep 29: Chicago, IL @ Joe's on Weed Street
Sun Sept 30: Ann Arbor @ Blind Pig
Mon Oct 1 Buffalo, NY Expo Market
Tue Oct 2 : Rochester, NY @ Germain House
Wed Oct 3: Syracuse @ Wescott Thtr
Thu Oct 4: Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Fri Oct 5: Long Island, NY @ Revolution
Sat Oct 6: Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sun Oct 7: Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads
Wed Oct 10: San Antonio, TX @ Music Box
Thu Oct 11: Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewsters Ice House
Fri Oct 12: Dallas, TX @ Trees
Sat Oct 13: Houston, TX @ Scoutbar
Sun Oct 14: New Orleans @ Willow
Wed Oct 17: Cincinatti, OH @ Bogarts
Thu Oct 18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergels
Fri Oct 19: Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
Sat Oct 20: NYC, NY @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
Tue Oct 23: Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Thtr
Wed Oct 24: Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage
Thu Oct 25: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Fri Oct 26: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Sat Oct 27: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Sun Oct 28: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Wed Oct 31: Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Fri Nov 2: Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
Sat Nov 3: Akron, OH @ Musica
Sun Nov 4: Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
Tue Nov 6 : Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird
Wed Nov 7: Memphis, TN @ Minglewood
Thu Nov 8: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Fri Nov 9: Columbus, OH @ Skully's