At “Amherstburg Uncommon,” a steampunk and wizardry-themed event, kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to come in costume, lighting up the streets with their own personal brand of magic. Six year old Dylan Jones (pictured) has his Harry Potter outfit ready, do you?
The Amherstburg Uncommon Festival
A most curious, uncommon event is about to hit the streets of Amherstburg — and it’s already one of the most hyped events of the year.
If you loved last year’s “Canuck it Up!” festival featuring the giant duck, you’ll love “Amherstburg Uncommon!”
Expect the unexpected at the new, steampunk and wizard-themed event taking place in downtown Amherstburg, including Kings Navy Yard Park, Toddy Jones Park and Dalhousie Street.
“Steampunk is a genre of science fiction with an historical setting,” explains Anne Rota, the town’s Manager of Tourism and Culture. “The streets of Amherstburg reflect that theme. Wizardry is a natural tie-in to that, and with the popularity of Harry Potter, it’s a natural fit. We encourage everyone to dress up in their favourite Harry Potter-inspired or steampunk attire. A costume contest is part of the fun!”
The magical, mystical event is set for the civic long weekend, August 3, 4, 5. Confirmed events include daily aerial displays by the National Historic Aircraft Association; a 150-foot maze; similar to the Harry Potter movie, an interactive art gallery; tea pot races; paranormal investigations; wand and potion making at the Park House Museum and several photo opportunities with giant backdrops to transport families into a fantasy world full of hands-on experiences! The children’s innovation pavilion hosts STEM-based, arts and robotics activities, and the WFCU (Windsor Family Credit Union) Big Top tent features eight vaudeville-inspired magician shows throughout the three days.
Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo is thrilled to host another unique free family event — and may perhaps even be sighted helping serve up the popular (non-alcoholic) Harry Potter inspired Butter Beer.
“The essence of an 18th and 19th century theme lends itself to the progressive growth of Amherstburg,” says DiCarlo. “This event will allow us to pay homage to our illustrious history while we usher into a modern era, all while showcasing our exceptional town and businesses.”