ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Commons was filled with costumed visitors and magical events this weekend for the return of Wizarding Weekend.
The weather was bleak Saturday, with chilly temperatures and rain but it didn’t dampen spirits. The Commons and nearby streets were filled with vendors selling wands, fairy doors, and all sorts of magical goods. There were also activities for all ages, like quests to complete to enter GorgeKeep, Ithaca’s school of magic. Visitors could also catch games of Quidditch near Press Bay Alley, take part in magical classes at the library and pose in a wall of moving portraits.
In 2015, Wizarding Weekend started as a small idea to create a magical celebration in Ithaca’s Press Bay Alley, but the idea was so popular it drew nearly 10,000 people the first year. Since the first year, the festival has evolved into a festival about magic, fantasy and science.
See some creative costumes and other highlights from the weekend.
Featured image and all photos below by Ed Dittenhoefer Photography.