Chestertown, Maryland, to Host Third Annual Harry Potter Festival!

Later this month, a Harry Potter-themed festival will take place in Chestertown, Maryland, for its third year! The Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, which is set for September 30 through October 2, will include both free and ticketed events for attendees of all ages, plus wizard rock performances from Draco and the Malfoys, the Blibbering Humdingers, Ashley Hamel, and Hawthorn & Holly!

The schedule of events for this year’s festival, as detailed on its official website, is not yet finalized, though planned activities include a Quidditch tournament for teams from around the Delmarva Region, a scavenger hunt, and a costume contest, all of which will be free to the public. Ticketed events are set to include a high tea event, a kids’ Hogwarts experience for witches and wizards between the ages of eight and thirteen, the 21+ event House party at the [Hog’s Head], and Nearly Headless Nick’s 524th deathday party:

To celebrate the death of Sir Nicholas, Hogwarts’ most beloved ghostly character, we will be hosting a [d]eath[d]ay [p]arty (as it occurred in […] Chamber of Secrets) at the Garfield Center for the Arts on Saturday, for all ages. Refreshments and food will be sold at the bar, as well as complimentary snacks served by staff during the event. There will be dancing, trivia, and even ‘Pin-the-head-on-the-Nearly-Headless-Nick!’

In addition, the event organizers are holding open auditions for those who would like to participate in their Street Theatre skits, as well as those who would like to participate in the “Stump the Hermiones” trivia event:

Auditions at Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High St. Chestertown, MD 21620

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

Stump the Hermiones Auditions at 6 p.m.
Street Theatre Auditions at 7 p.m.

(Events will be September 30 and October 1)

Tickets still remain for some of the ticketed events for this year’s festival and are available for purchase here.

For more information on the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, you can read the official press release below!

Official Press Release

The Chestertown Harry Potter Festival Returns!
September 30 – October 2, 2016

Magical Weekend benefits Garfield Center for the Arts and Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF)’s Fund for Kent County

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Wizards and muggles will celebrate the spirit and excitement of the Harry Potter fandom in this colonial river town for the third consecutive Chestertown Harry Potter Festival – a fun-filled weekend on September 30 – October 2 with free and ticketed events to benefit the Garfield Center for the Arts and the Kent County Fund through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The festival invites fans of all ages to convene and enjoy the town’s local arts and activities. Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not associated with or responsible for the festival in any way, and the inspired group of fans who created it hope they won’t be sent to Azkaban for expressing their enthusiasm!

The weekend’s events take flight on Friday September 30 with a talk by Dr. Patrick McCauley, author of Into the Pensieve: The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter at Chestertown’s “Flourish and Blotts” (The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street) from 4:30-5:30pm. Wands, robes and your house colors are ideal attire for the Festival Kick-Off Party at “Hogwarts” (the Garfield Center for the Arts at 210 High Street) from 6:00-9:00 pm. Fans of all ages can enjoy magic, trivia, wizard rock and costumed fun with a $5 fee at the door for adults; no cost for children 12 and under!

You’ll need your broom on Saturday to cover the activities in locations inspired by the award-winning books by J.K. Rowling: a self-guided Scavenger Hunt from 9am – 3pm in downtown Chestertown’s shops transformed into magical-themed retailers, Potions Class, costume contest, and street theatre. Wizard crafts and licensed merchandise will be available throughout the day. From 10am – 4pm, Potter in the Park will feature free activities in central Fountain Park for muggles of all ages, including dueling, face painting, magic, wizard rock music, crafts, photo opportunities as well as themed food and vendors. The annual Costume Contest is open to those who register and draws a big crowd from 3-3:45pm.

The DC Quidditch Club will host a tournament with college and club teams from the region competing for the prized Chestertown Quidditch Cup on Saturday and Sunday in Wilmer Park, on the waterfront. Players of all ages and skills can join Kidditch on Saturday from 9am – 12pm to learn the game from experienced Quidditch players.
Ticketed events have been a highlight of the weekend that require an advanced purchase online, with limited space – so plan ahead. Tickets will officially go on sale September 1st, 2016 (“Start of Term”!) when a link will be available on the website and Facebook page.

The Hogwarts Experience at The Garfield for wizards (ages 8-13 only) from 10:30am – 12pm and 4-5:30pm has been a sell-out event where students meet the sorting hat and take lessons from wizardry professors. Tickets are advance purchase only, $35 per person.

New this year: Madam Malkin’s High Tea – a magical event with delectable confections for Potter fans of all ages, catered at the Occasions Boardroom, 327 Cannon Street from 10:30am – 12pm and 4-5:30pm! A souvenir festival teacup & saucer, costume corner plus edible wands, canary creams, cauldron cakes, pasties, bludgers, and a tasty golden snitch will require a $35 advance ticket per person.

Back by popular demand is the annual pub event, with an all new venue: House Party at the Hogshead (age 21+) at The Fish Whistle, 98 Cannon Street from 6:30pm-9:30pm with themed food and drinks, wizard rock dance party, trivia contest, and time to show your house colors. Advance purchase tickets are $35 each.
Nearly Headless Nick’s 524th Deathday Party will be celebrated at Garfield Center for the Arts, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm for wizards under 21. Dancing, Harry Potter trivia, and more. Make sure to come and “Pin-The-Head-On-Nearly-Headless-Nick”! Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door.

For festival updates and details, accommodation recommendations, and directions visit www.chestertownhpfest.org or the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival on Facebook.
The Chestertown Harry Potter Festival is organized by an all-volunteer committee of loyal Potter fans to celebrate the spirit of Harry Potter and promote the local community and its arts.

Located in the historic district in Chestertown, The Garfield Center for the Arts (www.garfieldcenter.org) is a cultural organization whose mission is to nurture, celebrate, and support arts and artists through performance and education.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation (www.mscf.org) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports nonprofit organizations and charitable efforts that enhance the quality of life for residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, Maryland. The Fund for Kent County is MSCF’s permanent source of discretionary grant funding for Kent County initiatives.

Are you planning to attend the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival? Have you been to the festival before? Let us know in the comments below!

Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.