Wizarding Festival Returns to Downtown Waynesboro

Magic will be in the air as Mainstreet Waynesboro hosts its sixth annual Waynesboro Wizarding Weekend on August 5-6. The festival, created by Mainstreet Waynesboro, celebrates the wonder and magic of the Harry Potter books and films.

“The books and movies are cross-generational and enjoyed by people of all ages,” said Bill Kohler, Mainstreet’s chief economics officer since 2016. “We thought it was a great way to tie together the magic, the books , movies, food, tea and entertainment It was a great success on all levels.

The weekend opens Friday with events at downtown shops and restaurants, including TranquilaTEA Tea Room, 1884 Market House and Rough Edges Brewing. The Waynesboro Theater will host “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at 7 p.m. Friday.

Actor and comedian Jim Tavare, who played Innkeeper Tom in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,’ will drop by Rough Edges and the Waynesboro Theater to say hello, sign autographs and help with trivia.

Saturday includes events involving stories, pets, music, wands and painting.

Borogon Alley, held in Main Street Park, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features more than 20 vendors with supplies and treats suitable for all wizards and witches. Singer Grace Fala will perform at Borogon Alley from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Plans to hold a Yule Ball were dashed due to slow advance ticket sales. “Hopefully we can bring it back next year,” Kohler said. Businesses and restaurants will host fun events and bonding throughout the weekend.

Additional Saturday events include:

  • The Hairy Pawter Pet Adoption Day event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Main Street Park.
  • The Wand and Dragon Egg Workshop 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Music Makers, 46 W. Main St. It is organized and run by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and costs $3 to $5.
  • Wizards and Witches Storytime, 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the free Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library.
  • Potion Paint Parties with Professor Charles will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the ground floor ballroom at the American Legion, 63 E. Main St.
  • Meet the Characters Book Giveaway from noon to 1 p.m. at the library is a popular event and features artists from Fantastical Vanity and the cast of “Puffs” from the Chambersburg Community Theater.
  • Magician Frank Culler gives a free performance at 2:30 p.m.
  • The parade and costume contest led by Professor Dumbledore begins at 3 p.m. at Main Street Park and ends at the Waynesboro Theater, 75 W. Main St., in time for a screening of “The Prisoner of Azkaban” at 3:30 p.m. tour the location and do an exclusive Q&A about the movie and the HP experience after the movie.
  • Keep looking for Big Whimsy’s great friends, who will be hitting the grounds for a second year.

To reserve a seat at the tea room, call 717-765-8327. For paint party tickets, visit eventbrite.com. To register for library events, click www.ahmfl.org and click on the programming tab.

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