You don't need a Hogwarts acceptance letter to enter the world of wizardry at this weekend-long event.

Next weekend, Harry Potter fans of all ages will convene at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (503 N. Jackson Ave.) for the third annual Harry Potter Festival. The magical event, which kicks off on Friday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. with a lighted parade down Main Street, will go through Sunday, October 22.

Enjoy buffet meals with your favorite characters on Friday evening ($25) and all day Saturday, October 21 ($20 for breakfast, $25 for lunch and $30 for dinner). The Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre will show Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at 9:15 p.m. Tickets cost $5-$9.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, there is no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in all things Harry Potter. In addition to all of the eating and shopping opportunities, check out characters and scenes recreated in LEGOs, learn about “magical” plants in the Mandrake Greenhouse or participate in a life-size game of chess. Find out which house you belong to in a sorting hat experience, visit the owl post and watch college Quidditch teams compete at Tensfeldt Park. For $45, get an aerial view of the festival from a helicopter. 

Wristbands for the festival, which provide you entry for the entire weekend, are $25 for ages 13 and up and $15 for ages 3-12



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