Wizardly Weekend

On July 22 & 23, Main Street Kent will bring Wizardly Weekend back to downtown Kent! We’re working with businesses to develop a magically-themed weekend featuring menu specials, wizardly treats, window displays, magical merchandise, and activities. There will be a 5 3/4 K fun run and bar crawl on Fri., July 22 and a community painting project, rock hunt, wand making station, magical miniature golf and more family-friendly activities on Sat., July 23.

Sponsors of the event include MeijerSumma Health, College Town Kent, Hometown Bank, Portage Community Bank, Hall-Green Agency, Auto-Owners Insurance, Central Portage County VCB and Off the Wagon.

Come to Kent for the whole weekend and stay at our boutique downtown hotel, the Kent State Hotel & Conference Center!

Vendor Village

On Sat., July 23 from 11am-5pm, a special vendor area will be featured on Erie St. (This is the only day and time the street will be closed.) A limited number of vendors have been chosen and will offer hand-crafted, event-themed items including licensed Harry Potter merchandise at select booths. Check out our list of vendors below!

Catch Me if you Can – Run that Shall Not be Named

Friday, July 22 | 6:00pm

The 6th annual Run That Shall Not Be Named 5 3/4 K will be held on Fri., July 22. This noncompetitive* fun run will take participants on a magical journey through the Kent State campus. Participants are highly encouraged to dress in themed costumes for this event. The 5K will begin at 6pm on the Lester Lefton Esplanade and take runners on a spellbinding loop though some of Kent State’s most magnificent places. Registration is $30 and all participants will receive a commemorative “Run That Shall Not Be Named” 5 3/4 K t-shirt, medal, and bib. (Must be registered by July 8 to receive race t-shirt.) Registration is limited to the first 300 wizards, witches, and muggles.

Wobbly Wizard Bar Crawl

Friday, July 22 | 5:00pm – SOLD OUT!

The Wobbly Wizard Bar Crawl is Friday, July 22, sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka and High Noon Sun Sips!

Start this magical evening at Water Street Tavern, where you’ll check in anytime between 5:00PM and 7:00PM to pick up your Wobbly Wizard bar crawl “pass,” custom glassware and other magical giveaways. Enjoy jello shots in house colors, compliments of Water Street Tavern, then head out for a fun night. Each guest will be automatically entered in a prize raffle, so please enter all guest names when registering; no raffle tickets needed. Winner to be announced Mon., July 25, 2022.

Par for the Curse

Saturday, July 23 | noon-5:00pm – SOLD OUT!

Join us for a magical miniature golf excursion around downtown Kent during Wizardly Weekend! Check-in at Kent Sportswear located at 125 S. Water St. in downtown Kent. Pick up your commemorative golf ball (compliments of Meijer), score card & pencil, and spend the afternoon playing putt putt! Stop for lunch, drinks, and shopping along the way. Purchase specially themed menu items and merchandise like chocolate frogs, buttery beverages, and dragon wings to name a few! After your round, enter your scores online (link will be on scorecard) for a chance to win prizes. Guests are invited to bring their own putters, or putters will be available to borrow at each hole.

Dan Smith Park Activities

Saturday, July 23

Podcasts hosted by Swish & Flick (free)

Costume Contests –
12:00 Younger category age group: 0-13 years of age
4:00 Older category age group: 14 and up

Sign Up at Swish & Flick booth at Dan Smith Park!
$5 sign up fee per person to be 100% donated back to Kent LGBTQIA+ organization.

Hometown Bank Plaza Activities

Saturday, July 23

Wand Making with the Kent Junior Mothers ($)
Coloring pages activity
Kent State Soaring Black Squirrels Quidditch Team
Photo Ops with Harry the Black Squirrel
Cirque du Papier – Origami Art with Michael Roy
And more to come!

Painting Classes by A-Squared

Saturday, July 23

Join A-Squared for wizardly themed painting classes at 175 E. Erie St.! Purchase tickets on each link.
Haggard Man Painting – 10:00am
Dumbledoor Man & Fawx Bird Painting – 1:00pm
Fantastic Hypogriff Painting – 3:00pm

Bell Tower Ball

Saturday, July 23 | 7:30pm

Don your best dress, dress robes, house colors – anything formal goes – for the Bell Tower Ball! Guests will be transported to Christmas time at their favorite Magic School. Join Bell Tower Brewing for a magical gathering complete with cocktail concoctions, potions, pumpkin juice, mead, Bell Tower’s Christmas ale, magical creature hors d’oeuvres, sweets and all of the activities and delights of the evening. This formal event will have a DJ and each should prepare to “Put your best foot forward, and I mean this literally because…the [Bell Tower] Ball is first and foremost, a dance.”

The Kent Stage – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Saturday, July 23 | 1:00pm

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths at the hands of a powerful adversary.

Ticket: $7, includes a pack of Bertie Botts Beans and a glow item

Sorcery Stone Search

During the Wizardly Weekend, dozens of the Sorcery Stones will be hidden in and around downtown Kent. If you’re clever enough to find a stone, take a picture of it and post it on our Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #KentWizRocks. This will put you in a drawing to win a prize. Holding on to Sorcery Stones drains their magic so re-hide the stone and Keep The Magic Alive! Only a lucky few will be randomly chosen, so be sure to follow these directions carefully to be entered.

Herbology Workshop @ NWB

Saturday, July 23 | 3:00pm

Join Crooked River on Wizardly Weekend at North Water Brewing for a Wizardly World Herbology Workshop! Learn about wizardly herbs and plant your own herb garden! Also learn about how to care for herbs. Class is $48 and the first round of drinks is on us!