Wizarding Weekend started last year as the brainchild of local business owners in Ithaca’s Press Bay Alley shopping area. What was intended as a quiet community event exploded into thousands of attendees from all around the world. About 13,000 visitors are expected for this year’s go-round, Jennifer Tavares, president of the local chamber of commerce, told HuffPost.
The weekend “is like a dream come true for many children and their parents,” she said. “Events like this are a truly unique experience to which watching the movies cannot compare.”
This year, more than 35 vendors and businesses will offer special activities for the weekend: There will be movie showings, themed food tastings and even Horcruxes hidden around town for young wizards to find.
The festival’s main street fair is completely free, though a few events, like the adult “potion-making” (aka cocktail-making) classes, are ticketed. Even hotels are getting in on the action, offering deals for out-of-town fans.
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