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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.

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.

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.

The Hogwarts Express and Opening Ceremony
Each year, the Hogwarts Express (a.k.a. SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West regional rail line), has departed from Jefferson Station and making all regular stops to Chestnut Hill West. Also onboard? Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron and Dumbledore look-alikes to greet guests.

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!

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.

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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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Harry Potter's Philadelphia

Be sure to check out Harry Potter's Guide To Philadelphia, our special Hogwartsian Itinerary in honor of Chestnut Hill's Harry Potter Festival.

In it, we compiled the bars, restaurants, museums and other attractions the young wizard would visit if he came to Philadelphia. We even matched photos from Harry's world with places in Philadelphia like the Hall of Prophecy at the Ministry of Magic with the Mutter Museum. Click the button below to check out the full guide.

harry potter's guide to philadelphia


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