Wizards & Wands Festival

Experience the magic of your library during Midnight Madness in Uptown Westerville. Enjoy a walk-through experience of activities and spellbinding performers at this (re-imagined) annual event celebrating fantasy fandoms. Costumes encouraged.

And extend the fantasy throughout the month with Hilda the Dragon, missions, and magical decorations throughout the library.

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 5-9pm*
Location: 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Cost: Admission is free. No registration required.
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Ages: For all ages
Weather: Some outdoor performances may be cancelled if heavy rain or thunderstorms.
Hashtag: #westervillewizards

*The library will be open regular hours from 9am-6pm. Festival activities will begin at 5pm. Expect large crowds.

(This video shows highlights from the festival in 2019.)

Schedule of Performers (October 22) 

All performances will be held outside. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own blankets, chairs, coats, umbrellas, or anything else to make your experience more comfortable. Some performances may be cancelled if heavy rain or thunderstorms.

Complete Your Missions (October 1-24) 

Embark on fantasy-themed missions to earn points - then use those points to claim tickets for chances at prize drawings. The more missions you complete, the more chances you have to win! For all ages.
 
Prizes include 7 baskets full of goodies.
  • Choose your missions: 
  • Attend a Library Event
  • Design a Potion (Teen Room)
  • Goonies Treasure Hunt (Second Floor) 
  • Identify Magical Creatures (Children's Area) 
  • Magical Creature Scavenger Hunt (Children's Area)
  • Magical I Spy (Display case near Teen Room)
  • Magical Trivia (Digital display in Atrium) 
  • Read a Magical Book
  • Spot the Gold Challenge (Entrance to Westerville History Center & Museum)
  • Watch a Magical Movie
  • Write a Knight Oath (Innovation Lab)

Magical Wonderland: Walk-Through Experience (October 11-24) 

Your library will transformed into a magical wonderland with fantasy-themed décor throughout the building, from October 11-24, 2021. 
 
Wander through an enchanted forest, discover a dragon hatchery, explore a medieval village, and hunt for "easter eggs" for your favorite fandoms. 
  • Enchanted Forest (Children’s Area)
  • Dragon Hatchery (Homework Help Center) 
  • Sanderson’s Apothecary (Teen Room) 
  • The Armory (Media Department) 
  • Banquet Hall (Second Floor) 
  • Medieval Village (Mallway) 
Easter eggs include: Disney, Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, How to Train Your Dragon, Little Shop of Horrors, Star Wars, and more. 

About the Event 

Libraries are places that inspire magic, filled with stories that can take you to extraordinary worlds. Since 2018, the Wizards & Wands Festival has embraced that sense of wonder by bringing books to life and creating an unforgettable experience for the Westerville area community. This signature event attracts thousands of visitors of all ages from across Central Ohio, those who already love the library and those who have never been inside the library before.

This year’s re-imagined event will expand access for all by incorporating a wide variety of fantasy fandoms, inviting community members of all ages and passions to champion the power of stories. 

About the Dragon

This 30-foot, smoke-breathing dragon will be perched on the library’s roof from October 1-31, keeping a watchful eye on State Street. Drawn to the magic of the library, she breathes smoke and roars every 30 minutes from 5-9pm.

Designed and created by The Point at Otterbein University. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library.

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Events & Classes (Wizards & Wands Festival)

Hours
Mon - Thurs

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun

1 - 6 p. m.