This Ybor City ‘Wizards of Beer’ festival is basically a Harry Potter fan’s drunk fantasy

It comes to Orpheum on April 3.

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This Ybor City ‘Wizards of Beer’ festival is basically a Harry Potter fan’s drunk fantasy
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While it’s not officially a Harry Potter beer festival, the “Wizards of Beer” party is all but guaranteed to turn into one. The traveling event—put on by the same people behind Ybor’s new haunted speakeasy experience—comes to Orpheum in Ybor City on April 3.

Ryan Wieczorek—Director of Marketing for VBG Group, which runs the Rock Star Beer Festival Brand—told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the limited-capacity event has potion shots, alcoholic buttered beer on tap and an onstage “sorting” ritual planned, along with trivia, a wand shop and vendor alley. “Plus we got a red head party band, sexy slythern sisters duo, and DJ DumbleD,” he added.

Because of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of what the hell local coronavirus ordinances and enforcement are even going to look like next month, Wieczorek said that only 300 people will be admitted into Orpheum—that’s just a one hippogriff hair above 40% of the venue’s normal capacity.

“I believe the owner of the venue is in constant talks with the city on regulations for Ybor City and we are making sure we are abiding by everything that is being asked of us,” Wieczorek added.

For now, until ordinances change, that means masks required when not seated to eat or drink and no gathering on the dance floor. 

Tickets to “Wizards of Beer” festival at Orpheum, located at 1915 E 7th Ave. in Ybor City, are on sale now for $40.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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