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Lincoln Ave or Diagon Alley? "Wizardvue" Brings Magic to Bellevue

Magic-themed street festival, Wizardvue, comes to Bellevue for the 2nd year, complete with wizardly food, music, art, and events.


The Borough of Bellevue, typically a quiet muggle town, hosted its 2nd annual Wizardvue festival on June 22. About two dozen local businesses participated in the event, some even transforming their storefront into wizard-themed venues. T&M Hardware & Rental was briefly transformed into the "Chamber of Serpents," complete with live snakes.

Local artists and artisans set up tents along Lincoln Ave to sell everything from handmade magic wands to plush "fantastic beasts." Several food trucks were also present and some local restaurants and bars offered magical refreshments, such as "unicorn blood cocktails" (which were for adult witches and wizards only, of course).

There was no shortage of live music either. If you didn't have the time to catch the "Wizard Idol" talent contest, a marching band clad in wizard robes and witch hats likely found its way to you.

Several businesses also hosted magical events, such as The Pittsburgh Savoyards, who hosted a "wand dueling club" with the help of their magical instructors (in full wizard costumes).

The festival served to highlight what its residents already know: that #BellvueIsMagic.

Mariposa Theatre for Young Audiences had several "Harry Potter Trivia" events throughout the day (hosted by yours truly!)

Watch highlights from the festival here:

To find out more about what's happening in Bellevue, check out www.bonafidebellevue.com

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