The 7th Annual Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival returns to Germantown Avenue with more room to roam, more treats to eat, and more fun for all. With an expanded festival footprint spanning 12 city-blocks and new designated family-friendly activity areas (conveniently located just off of Germantown Avenue) this year’s festival promises the same wizardry wonder of years passed, with the mischief managed.
For more information, visit chestnuthillpa.com/harry-potter-festival-2017
FRIDAY – OCTOBER 20, 2017
WANDS & WIZARDS NIGHT ON THE AVENUE: an evening of potions, pubs, and magical possibilities in Chestnut Hill.
When: 6-9 pm
Where: Germantown Avenue
What: New for 2017, to make the magic of the event more accessible for visitors – Chestnut Hill has replaced the Harry Potter Pub Crawl with Wands & Wizards Night on Germantown Avenue. No tickets required, no cost to attend (activities and entertainment options are pay-as-you-go unless otherwise noted), enough mischief to be managed by all.
Enjoy a special evening of magical fun including photo booths, performances by aerialists, fortune tellers along Germantown Avenue, and much more. New for 2017 – The Franklin Institute brings Astronomy to Wands & Wizards Night. Join the science museum at Jenks Memorial Playground for a family-friendly “out of this world” evening. Spirited food and beverage specials will also be available at participating restaurants throughout Chestnut Hill. Stores on the Avenue will remain open until 9 pm. Astronomy Night will run 7-10pm.
When: 8 pm
Where: John Story Jenks Academy of the Arts & Sciences
Cost: $5.00 to participate, free to spectate
What: Step into the spotlight dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character during the annual costume contest. Participants will dress in their best wizardly wardrobes and will be asked to recite a line attributed to their character in order to compete for cash prizes and all-important bragging rights. Registration details will be announced by September 25 via chestnuthillpa.com. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Seating for the costume contest will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Register here for the costume contest: chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/chestnut-hill-harry-potter-festival-costume-contest/
For more information on Wands & Wizards Night, click here: chestnuthillpa.com/events/harry-potter-festival-brotherly-love-cup-tournament/
SATURDAY – OCTOBER 21, 2017
CHESTNUT HILL HARRY POTTER FESTIVAL
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Germantown Avenue. New for 2017, festival footprint expanded to 12 blocks from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue.
Cost: Free to attend. New for 2017, designated admission areas and paid activities available.
FREE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
Stage Performances/Presentations: Dumbledore’s Greeting, S.P.E.W. Rally, Potter Quizzo, Deatheaters Dance Party, Quidditch Tournament Updates, Chestnut Hill College Potter Conference Presenters, and more.
Activities along Germantown Avenue: The Science of Wizarding demonstrations, ice sculpting demonstrations, Sorting Hat demonstrations, Muggles Read-a-Thon, and more.
Photo Opps: Hedwig’s Hollow Selfie Park, 4 Privet Drive Photo Op, and many more magical spots to capture your favorite selfie.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: PAY AS YOU GO
Destinations off of Germantown Avenue: Woodmere Straw Maze, J.S. Jenks Academy of Witchcraft & Wizardry, J.S. Jenks Firebolt 5k, CityHunt Scavenger Hunt.
Activities along Germantown Avenue: caricaturists, slow motion booth, face painting, fortune teller, potion making, photobooths, and more.
*Full schedule of events to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.
Magical Make & Take Zones – advanced purchase of wristbands required for activities in these designated zones.
Magical Wristbands offer Potter fans exclusive access to 10 unique interactive “make and take” activities designed for kids ages 4-12, but able to be enjoyed by all. Wristbands are $20 per person and will be available for sale beginning August 29. You can purchase wristbands here: chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/harry-potter-festival-magical-make--take-wristbands/
Activities in this designated area include: make your own Golden Stitch, make your own paper glasses, owl decorating, design your own crest, bubble wands, Potter pics, bookmark making, and much more.
CityHUNT Scavenger Hunt
Travel around our Hogsmeade Village with your team to compete in a scavenger hunt. Using the cityHUNT mobile app, you will solve clues and challenges to earn points and win prizes.
Register your team of up to five, here: chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/harry-potter-festival-2017--cityhunt-scavenger-hunt/details
For more information on the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival, click here: chestnuthillpa.com/events/chestnut-hill-harry-potter-festival-qudditch-tournament-2017/
PHILADELPHIA BROTHERLY LOVE CUP QUIDDITCH TOURNAMENT
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Chestnut Hill College
Cost: Free to attend.
What: The 8th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament returns with teams from visiting colleges and the local community team competing in round-robin style quidditch matches.
For more information on the Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament, click here: chc.edu/quidditch-tournament-faqs
Chestnut Hill is hard at work to create an even more enjoyable experience for visitors. Activities that were held on the Avenue in previous years will now be moved into lots in surrounding areas to create open streets and ease of access for festival-goers. Increased service offerings, including additional restroom facilities and concessions will be added to the festival footprint.
A number of satellite parking locations have been secured for visitors who choose to drive to the festival on Saturday. A shuttle service will be available to transport visitors from each satellite location to the festival area. Details and locations for satellite parking areas can be found here: chestnuthillpa.com/harry-potter-festival-2017
Public transportation is the most convenient way to travel to the festival. SEPTA (Philadelphia’s regional transit system) has two station stops in Chestnut Hill located just a short walk from the heart of the Festival: Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East. This train system provides roundtrip transportation from Center City Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill. Visit iseptaphilly.com for complete schedules and details.
Most of the Hogwarts Houses in Chestnut Hill are full during the Harry Potter Festival. We recommend checking Visit Philly to find a hotel near Jefferson Station in Center City and riding out on SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East trains. Platform 9 and ¾ will be open all day! To make the most of your weekend in Philadelphia the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package is an excellent resource. visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/philly-overnight-hotel-package/
Further details including dining options, accommodation information, schedule of performances/activities, and festival map to follow. Visit chestnuthillpa.com for updated information.
Interested in volunteering at the 2017 Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival? Sign up HERE: signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1928895/false#
The Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill is a community-based fan festival celebrating the incredible and well-loved series created by J.K. Rowling and providing an opportunity for enthusiastic fans from across Philadelphia and beyond to celebrate the world of Harry Potter. The Festival is organized by the Chestnut Hill Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization supporting the Chestnut Hill Community. Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not responsible for the festival in any way.