Mid Atlantic Harry Potter fans don’t need to travel to Orlando, Florida or England to get their Harry Potter fix. On October 17-18, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA will play host to a weekend’s worth of spellbinding events at the Harry Potter Festival , where there will be wizardry and wonder in the air.
Enjoy an enchanting weekend of wizards, potions, spells, scavenger hunts, falconry, wizard chess, parades and more.
The popular event features familiar characters from the world of Harry Potter, special activities for fans of all ages, live entertainment, food and more. Hunt for Horcruxes, watch local colleges face-off at a Quidditch tournament and more during the magical weekend celebration.
Beyond flavors from the world of Harry Potter, Chestnut Hill neighborhood businesses and shops on and around Germantown Avenue also transform into familiar locales from Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade like Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeezes and many more.
On Friday, the weekend begins with the official Harry Potter Conference with presentations that are free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.
After the literary events, starting at 7 p.m., pop in and out of pubs on a Chestnut Hill Pub Crawl.
Tickets for the pub crawl go on sale Wednesday, October 1; scoop up passes quickly since the crawl has sold out in past years.
Harry Potter Festival Schedule
Friday, October 17
Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College
The Pub Crawl begins at 7:00 p.m. and is a ticketed event. Tickets go on sale October 1st.
Film Showing: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone at Teenagers. Inc. Center
Saturday, October 18
Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournament
The Quidditch Tournament begins at 10 a.m. at Chestnut Hill College
9:45 a.m.-Opening Ceremony: Chestnut Hill West Septa Station with The Hogwarts Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•The “Hunt for the Horcrux” activity
•The Bales of Cornwall Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum
• Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum
•Complimentary Knight Bus Trolley transports Wizards and Muggles all over town
•Defense Against the Dark Arts classes
•Sorting Hat Demonstration
•Hedwig’s Hollow Selfie Park at Buckley Park
•games and activities
•specialty food, drink and retail promotions
•Musicians, *Photo Booth*
Be sure to check out Harry Potters Guide to Philadelphia