Events Roundup: Scavenger Hunt, Online Shopping Spree, Concert in Milwaukee
Even with COVID-19 continuing to impact our day-to-day lives, we still want to be able to find a way to have fun. There are a lot of ways to enjoy yourself safely these days. Let’s break down some activities in this week’s Events Roundup.
Witchcraft and Wizardry Scavenger Hunt from CluedUpp Games
Scavenger hunts are the most fun for fans of puzzles, clues, and local travel. The Witchcraft and Wizardry hunts take place in many cities across the country, and you can play with your friends. If you live in Seattle or the surrounding area, grab your smartphone and get ready for a hunt! Simply download the app, queue up the clues, and follow along. It costs $47 to play the game, but that’s one price for an entire team of up to six people. Since this is a wizard-themed event, it’s highly encouraged that you dress up in your best wizard garb. Get your tickets now so you can play on November 7 starting at 9:00 a.m.
Diagon Alley Online
Shopping sprees are a wonderful part of a fun outing. Since it may be a little safer to stay inside right now, the Diagon Alley shopping experience from An Evening at Hogwarts in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, will be online this year. You can get all the stuff you would normally get in store online from local shops in Sault Ste. Marie. You can find more information on the event’s Facebook page.
Concert with John Williams at Bradley Symphony Center
Famed music composer John Williams was scheduled to inaugurate the new Bradley Symphony Center with a concert on October 10. Williams has composed music for many movies throughout the years, including the Harry Potter films. Ken-David Masur was also meant to share the conductor’s podium for a portion of the show. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra planned to showcase its talents for the evening with a variety of pieces. According to a press release from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the concert center will stream shows online instead of in person. An official schedule has yet to be announced, but it’s expected that shows will begin in October 2020. You can find more information about concert dates and tickets online.
Bakery in Surrey Is Making Magical Treats
Just Cakes Bakeshop is making a change for a week from October 27 to October 31 and will make magically delicious Harry Potter treats. It’s a Halloween celebration fit for any wizard. There’s even a Snitch cake! Stop in at Just Cakes Bakeshop for your confectionery sweets. You can also check out the shop’s website for more details.
Potterfest in Prague Canceled
Potterfest was scheduled to take place on September 5 in Prague, Czech Republic, and it really looked like it was going to happen, as the situation with COVID-19 wasn’t so bad in the summer. In the spring, schools and most shops in the country were closed and there was a mandate for everyone to wear a face mask. These restrictions were in place until June; and in the summer, events were allowed again. But the situation in July and August started to slowly get worse again, so Potterfest was canceled on August 9.
Potterfest is the biggest event for Czech wizards and witches, with hundreds of attendees. There are three types of tickets – Galleon, Sickle, and Knut. All of them were quickly sold this year, with the Galleon tickets even selling out in the first 35 seconds. Attendees all bought their tickets before the full program was announced. The guests had not yet been announced, but they would usually be Czech voice actors from the Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts movies.
This would have been the fourth year of Potterfest in Prague. It is organized by a small Czech company, Potterfan, made up of a group of fans who don’t organize Potterfest just to make money, as the event doesn’t earn much. The Potterfan crew had a meeting on September 5 as a surprise for their director, Tomáš Vondráček. He later posted on Facebook that this was the first Potterfest he enjoyed as a viewer.
That’s it for the Events Roundup this week. If you’re hosting an upcoming magical event, you can submit it to be included in a future Events Roundup by sending all relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org.