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Witches & Wizards of Woodstock is Back!

The Hat is Back: Once again the Woodstock Square will be transformed into a world of enchantment.

After last year’s virtual event, the hit fantasy festival returns in-person this fall.

Join us Sunday, October 24, 2021 from Noon until 4 pm.

Witches & Wizards Highlights

This all-ages event features activities for everyone in the family from 3 to 103!

(Older non-human? You’re welcome too!)

Magical Talking Hat

Magical Talking Hat

Predictions are the Hat’s specialty, but don’t be surprised if our Magical Talking Hat sprinkles in a bit of  whimsy to make your day extra Magical! Visit the Hat throughout the day in the Opera House.

Quidditch

Quidditch

Do you have what it takes to catch the golden prize in flight? Non-magical Quidditch is fun for everyone. Join the Lumos Quidditch team from Loyola University and learn to play the muggle way!

Cosplay

Cosplay

Cape, cowl, or feathers, everyone has a desire to become their favorite character! Whether book, film, or TV, there’s no limit to the fantastical costumes you’ll see parading around the Square. Will you be one of them?

It’s A Full Day of Fun at Witches & Wizards of Woodstock

This all-ages event features the magical talking hat, the Loyola University Quidditch squad, a fantasy-themed trivia contest, scavenger hunts, live music, games, crafts, shopping, amazing food, and all manner of entertainment.

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Quidditch
  • Magical Talking Hat
  • Professor Grub
  • The Owlery
  • Crafts & Trivia
  • Magician
  • Photo Opportunities

Witches & Wizards Activities

Witches & Wizards of Woodstock is taking place Sunday, October 24, 2021 from Noon until 4 pm.

All events listed are scheduled to run from 12 pm until 4 pm, although times of individual events may vary throughout the day.

For locations, please check the schedule below and join in on the fun!

The Owlery

Visit the Owlery and learn about our silent friends in flight! Where do they live? What do they eat? Can they really turn their heads around like Magic?!

Meet owls, hawks and other raptors courtesy of our friends at the McHenry County Conservation District.

Where: In the Park on the Square

Magical Talking Hat

Step right up and stand under the Magical Talking Hat to get a prediction. Predictions are its specialty, but don’t be surprised if the Magical Talking Hat sprinkles in a bit of whimsy too!

Where: Stage Left Café

Magical Talking Hat

Step right up and stand under the Magical Talking Hat to get a prediction. Predictions are its specialty, but don’t be surprised if the Magical Talking Hat sprinkles in a bit of whimsy too!

Where: Stage Left Café

Professor Grub

Quidditch

Non-magical Quidditch is fun for everyone. Join the Lumos Quidditch team from Loyola University and learn how to play the muggle way!

Where: In the Park on the Square

Magic on the Square

Suspend disbelief and be amazed by the in-person slight of hand of this year’s resident Magician, Dennis Christie! Taking magic to the streets of Woodstock, Dennis will perform feats of prestidigitation right before your eyes!

A master of all types of magic, Dennis Christie specializes in up close, mind blowing magic. He’ll be wandering the grounds during WWoW, so keep an eye out for his next trick!

Where: In and Around the Square

Magic on the Square

Suspend disbelief and be amazed by the in-person slight of hand of this year’s resident Magician, Dennis Christie! Taking magic to the streets of Woodstock, Dennis will perform feats of prestidigitation right before your eyes!

A master of all types of magic, Dennis Christie specializes in up close, mind blowing magic. He’ll be wandering the grounds during WWoW, so keep an eye out for his next trick!

Where: In and Around the Square

Professor Grub

Professor Grub

Swing by the Courthouse and see the singing herbologist. She is a master of magical botany.

Where: In the Historic Courthouse

Trivia

Are you a fantasy expert? Can you stand up to the best in Woodstock? Enjoy this free family-friendly trivia and share your knowledge or compare notes with others in this year’s trivia contest! Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers!

When: There will be two trivia sessions: One at 1:00pm and one at 2:00pm.

Where: Stage Left Café

Trivia

Are you a fantasy expert? Can you stand up to the best in Woodstock? Enjoy this free family-friendly trivia and share your knowledge or compare notes with others in this year’s trivia contest! Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers!

When: There will be two trivia sessions: One at 1:00pm and one at 2:00pm.

Where: Stage Left Café

Scavenger Hunts

As you explore the square, don’t forget to pick up free scavenger hunt forms at the information booths. Be on the lookout for unique objects and cosplayers to win a free prize.

Where: In and Around the Square and our retail partners

Kid's Crafts

The library is sponsoring free crafts for kids! Stop by Mixin Mingle for free fun.

There will be four different crafts available for people to make: Wizard’s Hat, Faerie, Wand, and Dragon Breathing Fire.

Where: Mixin Mingle

WWoW Kid's Crafts
WWoW Kid's Crafts

Kid's Crafts

The library is sponsoring free crafts for kids! Stop by Mixin Mingle for free fun.

There will be four different crafts available for people to make: Wizard’s Hat, Faerie, Wand, and Dragon Breathing Fire.

Where: Mixin Mingle

Photo Opportunities

Photo Opportunities

Did you know that there are free photo opportunities? Snag a photo from the bedroom under the stairs, stand in front of a Dementor, or visit the Wizard Bank. Be on the look out for wandering characters and snap a selfie to remember who you met on the streets of Witches & Wizards of Woodstock!

Don’t forget to tag the library on social media at @wpl_library and #WWoW

Where: The Historic Courthouse, Home State Bank, and In and Around the Square

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