I solemnly swear that we’re all about to be up to no good, next weekend at the Westerville Public Library.
The library is hosting a magical, Wizards & Wands Festival and will be transformed into a wizarding wonderland.
Visitors will enjoy a walk-through experience of activities including a scavenger hunt, trivia, science experiments, crafts, play areas, and more. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Kiddos who complete a variety of activities will be eligible to win magic-themed baskets filled with 3-5 items, such as backpacks, toys, books, t-shirts, games, candy, & more.
Naturally, muggles are pretty excited about the event, and for good reason. There’s a lot to be excited about. Throughout the evening, a variety of performers will entertain and delight the crowds, from animal shows to wand making. Performances include:
Creepy Critters with the Bug Man
Owls from Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Speed Origami with Cirque du Papier
Wand-Making Demonstration with Woodcraft of Columbus
Wizard Science by COSI
The event was originally planned as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but it’s grown into something truly magical. As visitors wander through alleys of fake storefronts and hidden passageways, they will see stiltwalkers, magicians, a rock band, a fortune teller, and even a living statue. (Here’s hoping it’s not a “Weeping Angels” situation!)
Due to Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville, large crowds are expected in the city. Free public parking can be found at the following locations:
Westerville Public Library (onsite): Parking lots are located behind the library. Follow signs from Walnut Street. Handicapped parking available.
Westerville City Hall (0.2 miles): Access via W. College Avenue.
Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau (0.3 miles): Access via W. Main Street.
The Gathering Place, across from the Church of the Messiah (0.3 miles): At the corner of State Street and E. Home Street.
Whittier Elementary School (0.4 miles): Access via E. Walnut Street.
Blendon Middle School & Westerville South High School (0.7 miles): Free shuttles (QTY: 3) will run continuously from 6-9pm, picking up in front of the school buildings along Otterbein Ave and dropping off at the library’s main entrance. One bus will be wheelchair accessible. Pickup & drop-off locations will be marked with signs and balloons.
Wizards & Wands Festival will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 25. For more information, visit Wizards & Wands Festival.