Downtown museums welcome Harry Potter fans on July 30

SciTech is science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) represented in hundreds of hands-on exhibits in the old Aurora post office at 18 W. Benton St. in downtown Aurora.

Looking for something to do during Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival? Did you miss out on tickets?

Sunday, July 30 welcomes wizards of all shapes and sizes to downtown Aurora. Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival is SOLD OUT and a magical spell won’t help you to get in; you’ll need a special wrist band to enter the festival, but don’t run under the stairs and hide in your tiny room.

Check out these fun and magical events that do not require a festival ticket for entrance.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway

Noon to 5

Stop by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum from 12-5 pm on Sunday, July 30 for demos, activities, a Muggle Museum, Pop Up Vendors and more! The best part is, they are open by donation to all Muggles and Wizards!

Admission: Donation

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join SciTech for a magical Fantastical Astronomy Fair! Hosted at SciTech Hands On Museum and only steps away from ‘Diagon Alley’, the Fair will captivate guests with lessons and magics of the sun, moons, and stars. Cost is $9 3/4 ($9.75 in advance/$15 at the door).


Admission: $9.75 in advance; $15 at door

Aurora Historical Society, Tanner Museum

1 to 4 p.m.

The 1857 Tanner House Museum, 305 Cedar Ave., will be open free of charge from 1-4 pm on Sunday, July 30 during the Harry Potter Festival in Aurora.  Both the Tanner Museum and David L. Pierce Art and History Center (The DLP at 20 E. Downer) will be featuring treasure hunts for innovations that are considered unremarkable or even quaint today but which seemed like magic at the time they were introduced in the 1800s and early 1900s.  Correct answers will be entered in a drawing to win an Andy Aurora t-shirt featuring the 1964 city brand image.

Participants do not need a ticket to the festival to visit the Tanner Museum, although donations  are appreciated.  Tickets are required to enter Downer Place. Visitors who sign up for a yearly membership to the non-profit Aurora Historical Society will receive a membership extension through the end of 2018.
The Tanner House Museum is located on the west side of Aurora at the corner of Oak Avenue and Cedar Street in the historic Tanner District.

Admission: Donation

Other wizardly events

Paramount Theater’s Movie Marathon

Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., will be showing the first four Harry Potter movies on July 30. $1 tickets will be sold for each film. Come see one (or all four!) and check out the Paramount’s themed drinks and snacks.

Get details and show times on the Paramount’s website:

Wizard Outbreak

Basement of the Dead (behind Ballydoyle) is offering a special Wizard-themed event all weekend, and they have extended their hours for Sunday, July 30 so that festivalgoers can check out their laser wand battles and other activities. They will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on the festival day.

Wizard Outbreak is offering a special coupon code for our festival ticket holders. If you enter “WANDS” at checkout, you will receive $5 off your purchase of a regular or VIP ticket for Wizard Outbreak.

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