Event date: 2022-03-20

Event date: March 20, 2022

Wands Up! Wizard Way of the Ozarks (formerly known as DiaCON Alley) returns to the Fayetteville Town Center March 19-20, 2022.

Experience the magic at "​The Con that Lived", Fayetteville's Alfie award-winning fandom festival of all things wizards, witches, magic, fantastical creatures, and magical beasts! The third installment of Wizard Way of the Ozarks promises to be a mammoth celebration of magic and mischief with plenty of opportunities for all ages. All attendees are encouraged (but not required) to wear their favorite magical costume - from whichever mystical pop culture film, show, book, or artwork you desire.

The weird and wonderful festival of spellbinding proportions will feature an array of entrancing experiences! Merchant Alley will be filled with the delightful works of local artisane where you can expect to find curiosities of all kinds, carefully procured trinkets, and handcrafted nerdy wares. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy fantasy themed foods and beverages, with delicacies available for purchase both inside and outside the event. Be entered to win a grand prize, get sorted, collect points for door prizes, and participate in interactive opportunities such as photo ops, fantastical trivia, magical item scavenger hunt, costume contest, wand duels, and even a wizard themed escape room! The event will also feature discussion panels, gaming rooms, entrancing shows, musical performances, walk-around characters, live owls and more. VIP Weekend Package ticket holders also gain entry to a Wizard Dance Party at the Fayetteville Town Center on Saturday night with DJ Brock!

Each day of the convention will feature different programming and entertainment, with a small amount of crossover. We’ve compiled an abbreviated schedule here, but you can view full information about each day’s programming on Wizard Way of the Ozarks’ schedule page.

Saturday - Panel Room

10:00am/11:00am/12:00pm/1:00pm Badger/Lion/Eagle/Snake Common Rooms
2:00pm Fandom / Fantasy and Mental Health Panel
3:15pm Books vs Movies Discussion Panel
4:15pm Cosplaying Is for Everyone Panel

Saturday - Main Stage

10:30am Potions Master, Steve Cox (Super Science NWA Demo)
12:00pm University of Arkansas Quidditch Team (with Kiddich Demo)
12:45pm Owlery, Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas Birds
2:00pm Cosplay Contest (Adults, Groups, Children)
3:15pm Wand Handling Class by Renown Wand-Maker Leonidas Humphrey
4:15pm Tri-Wizarding Trivia

Sunday - Panel Room

Table Top RPGs Running All Day - find a game and get lost in a world of fantasy!

Sunday - Main Stage

10:30am Arts Live Performance (That Other Wizarding School T.O.W.S.)
12:00pm University of Arkansas Herpetology Department (Reptilesssss including Snakes)
1:30pm Wand Dueling Tournament (using interactive wands!)
2:45pm Owlery, Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas Birds
4:00pm Tri-Wizarding Trivia

Tickets for Wizard Way of the Ozarks range from $20-$55, with free entrance for kids 4 and under. A limited number of tickets will be available each for the safety and comfort of guests. Event organizers highly recommend you get tickets prior to the event, as prices are higher for tickets purchased at the door!

This year's proceeds will benefit Asbell Elementary - a school in the Fayetteville Public School district with the most Title I students. For more complete information on schedule, tickets, and more please visit www.wizardwayoftheozarks.com

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