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Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill

A magical celebration of wizards and Quidditch

Harry Potter Festival

Stroll down Germantown Avenue and enjoy crafts, food, drinks, performances and more. Credit: A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia


October 20-21, 2017


Wizardry and wonder fills the air each October when Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival.

The annual blockbuster festival takes over the charming town on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the much-loved fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling.

Potter fans of all ages can enjoy an enchanting weekend of film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and more.

Complete Guide to the Harry Potter Festival 2017

The Harry Potter Festival is bigger than ever in 2017, encompassing 12 full blocks in Chestnut Hill.

For a complete guide to the Harry Potter Festival 2017, click the button below.

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Annual Festival Highlights

Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue
The festival kicks off with the new-this-year Wands and Wizards Night on the Avenue, an event running from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 20.

Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy live performances throughout the festival grounds, extended hours at avenue shops and food and drink specials at participating bars. Guests of the Friday night festivities can also take part in a costume contest for the chance to win a cash prize.

Harry Potter Festival On Germantown Avenue
This year, the festival will fill 12 blocks of Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill (and some adjacent parking lots, too), making it the biggest Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill to date. (Last year’s event ran for six blocks on Germantown Avenue.) The festival will return on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Cresheim Valley Drive to Chestnut Hill Avenue on Germantown Avenue.

The festival is bigger than ever before with even more Harry Potter-themed events throughout the day. Festival guests can look forward to free hayrides throughout the festival grounds, Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, Sorting Hat demonstrations, Magical Make and Take Zones, fortune telling, face painters, Quidditch training, 4 Privet Drive and Hedwig Hollow’s selfie parks, face painters and so much more.

Note that while admission to the festival is free, some activities require small fees — be sure to bring cash!

Magical Make & Take Zones
Magical Make and Take Zones will also make their debut this year, offering young ones (or just the young at heart!) the chance to take part in interactive activities at 10 different areas.

A magical wristband — which runs $20 per person — will grant attendees full access to each zone. Wristbands are available online and advance purchase is strongly recommended.

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Trains to "Hogsmeade"
Trains to Hogsmeade (a.k.a. SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail Lines to Chestnut Hill stops), depart from Jefferson Station and make all regular stops to Chestnut Hill West. Advance ticket purchase is recommended and schedules are available online.

Quidditch Tournament & More
One of the main festival events is the 8th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College.

The tournament runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the tournament is completely free.

Literary Events & More
Lovers of the literary side of the world of Harry Potter should look out for the official Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College, which hosts presentations that are free and open to the public.

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Getting There & Staying Over

Don’t worry supplying your own broom.

SEPTA shuttles folks out to the Chestnut Hill West Station via Regional Rail all throughout the weekend.

Really, true fans should make a weekend out of the festival and stay overnight in Philadelphia. Click here for super deals on hotel stays and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

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