The Chestnut Hill Business District introduces a celebration of all things mystical and enchanted during the ALL NEW Witches & Wizards festival weekend. With two days of magical possibilities, October 19 & 20, Witches & Wizards ushers in a new fall tradition that mixes one-part spooky thrills, one-part ghosts of wizards-past, and one-part family fun for an action-packed weekend in the charming urban village.
Kicking off with the revamped Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl on Friday, October 19 and continuing with a day full of family-friendly programming on Saturday, October 20 – the inaugural Witches & Wizards weekend promises spooktacular entertainment and activities in a whimsical community setting. After all, there’s always magic in Chestnut Hill!

Witches & Wizards Fast Facts:

  • Dates: October 19 & 20, 2018
  • Location: Chestnut Hill Neighborhood (events take place at Chestnut Hill College, Woodmere Art Museum, and designated locations surrounding Germantown Avenue
  • Logistics Note: There will be no closed street fair at the 2018 event. Germantown Avenue will remain open to vehicular traffic.
  • Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase for the Friday evening Pub Crawl at chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/brews-broomsticks-pub-crawl, and will be available for pre-purchase for the Saturday Straw Maze (see below). Tickets will be sold on-site for other Saturday activities, including face-painting, caricaturists, and Creepy Crafts, but guests are encouraged to complete the free registration form at https://chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/witches-wizards-festival/ in order to subscribe to email updates and be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 Chestnut Hill gift cards.  Check back in the coming weeks for additional activities and announcements.
  • Entertainment: Throughout the weekend be on the lookout for daring fire-breathers, zombie dance parties, a costume parade and contest, hay rides, the return of the Chestnut Hill College Quidditch tournament and Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze, and more!

Witches & Wizards Programming

Friday, October 19
Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl

When: 7:30 – 10 pm
Where: 10 participating bars from 7700 to 8700 Germantown Avenue, with specials at other participating businesses. Click here for bar locations and additional details on entertainment, activities, and specials at local businesses.
Cost: Pub Crawl Tickets: $25 Per Person, Pay-As-You-Go Food & Drink Specials.
What: A new twist on a former fan-favorite, this updated Pub Crawl offers an evening of magical fun including spirited food and drink specials, two outdoor beer gardens, costumed actors and fortune tellers along Germantown Avenue, performances by circus aerialists and fire-breathers, a recreational archery range, and The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours showcase. The Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl ticket includes exclusive access to drink specials ($4 beer, $5 wine, $6 cocktails with the wristband) at participating locations, Witches & Wizards swag (including a reusable bag, cup, and t-shirt), one free activity ticket, and live DJ entertainment. Brews & Broomsticks Pub Crawl tickets are available for purchase at chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/brews-broomsticks-pub-crawl.

Click here for more information on the 10 participating bars, the two outdoor beer gardens, and additional sips, sales, and spooky sights along the Avenue:

Saturday, October 20
Witches & Wizards Festivities

When: 12 pm – 5 pm
Where: Throughout Chestnut Hill.
Cost: Free to attend, with pre-registration at https://chestnut-hill.ticketleap.com/witches-wizards-festival/.  Tickets will be sold on-site for some paid activities.
What: Fun for the entire family, Witches & Wizards is a day full of autumnal festivities for a pre-Halloween celebration. The event features familiar annual traditions such as the 9th Annual Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament and Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze, while locals and visitors can also enjoy Creepy Crafts for kids, live circus performers, an archery range, Mad Science demonstrations, Harvest Hayrides, shopping, and more throughout the Chestnut Hill Business District.

  • Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament
    When: 10 am – 4 pm
    Where: Chestnut Hill College
    Cost: Free to attend. $10 Parking fee
    What: The 9th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Cup Quidditch Tournament returns with teams from visiting colleges and the local community team competing in round-robin style Quidditch matches. Visit https://www.chc.edu/quidditch-tournament-information in the coming weeks for additional details and a list of participating teams.
  • Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze & Little Circus
    When: 12 pm – 5 pm
    Where: Woodmere Art Museum
    Cost: $5 per child, parents free. Pre-purchase of tickets is highly encouraged, and will be available soon at woodmereartmuseum.org/experience/programs/straw-maze.
    What: Returning for the 8th year – play, climb, and explore the Woodmere Art Museum Straw Maze. Made from massive straw bales, the maze features multiple levels, spirals, and surprises. NEW this year, come see The Little Circus, featuring outdoor aerial performances, juggling, and tightrope walking, beginning at 2 pm.

  • Create a Trick or Treat Tote at AR Workshop Chestnut Hill
    When: 11 am – 5 pm
    Where: AR Workshop Chestnut Hill
    Cost: $15 to make one Trick or Treat Tote. $25 to make two Trick or Treat Totes (per person): arworkshop.com/chestnuthill/events/witches-wizards-festival-on-germantown-ave-drop-in-to-make-a-trick-or-treat-bag/
    What: Join AR Workshop Chestnut Hill to make any of their NEW Trick or Treat Totes! Walk-ins will be welcome, but registration is recommended to guarantee your spot and allow them time to prepare your design! While there, enjoy complimentary treats, and check out all of their home decor, gifts, jewelry and accessories.

Visitor Experience

Chestnut Hill is hard at work creating a new fun festival for visitors during Witches & Wizards. Activities that were held on the Avenue in previous years will no longer occur on the street – please note that Germantown Avenue will not be closed to traffic for the 2018 event.

Parking

Five public paid parking lots will be open throughout Chestnut Hill during the event. Lot locations and pricing can be found at chestnuthillpa.com/parking. Limited street parking is also available. Overflow parking will also be available on the campus of the New Covenant Church of Philadelphia at 7500 Germantown Avenue. Parking for the Quidditch Tournament will be available on the grounds of Chestnut Hill College. Circulator shuttles will be running for the duration of the events to move people between the College, Woodmere Art Museum, the overflow parking lot, and downtown Chestnut Hill. As parking capacity is limited, visitors traveling to Chestnut Hill for Witches & Wizards are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is the most convenient way to travel to and from Chestnut Hill. SEPTA (Philadelphia’s regional transit system) has two station stops in Chestnut Hill located just a short walk from the heart of the community: Chestnut Hill West and Chestnut Hill East. This train system provides roundtrip transportation from Center City Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill. Visit www.iseptaphilly.com for complete schedules and details.

Additional Details and Schedule of Activities

Further details including ticket sale information and schedule of events/activities to follow.

Known as Philadelphia’s Garden District, there is magic in Chestnut Hill all year long with dynamic attractions and a robust events calendar. Join us for First Wednesdays on The Hill (through December), and the annual Fall for the Arts Festival (September 30). Join the conversation on social media with @chestnuthill_pa and be sure to share the love with the hashtag #chestnuthillpa. Check back for exciting events and destination updates!