WHAT IS POTTER IN THE PARK?
In June 2016, Potter in the Park was created to celebrate the joys and legacy of everything Harry Potter. Now, four years later, we here at Potter in the Park have decided to expand the event to encompass fandoms of all shapes and sizes. Not Myself Day is a day for everyone to come, not as they, but as they dream in their wildest imagination. In celebration of the beloved characters from literature, television, and movies, we've created Fandomville, a place where all the worlds in our imagination can come together.
Potter in the Park is a Fan Festival put on by the Sparta Events Department of the Sparta Chamber of Commerce in Sparta Michigan. This event is meant to celebrate the Harry Potter Series written by J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment. This is a completely fan created festival, managed by a 501c3 non profit, run by volunteers, and supports other non profits and activities in the operating area. Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not associated with or responsible for this event.
The Sparta Events Department has partnered with various organizations to find ways to give back to the community. If you are interested in learning more about Charity opportunities available a Potter in the Park, please visit our Donations page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why did the name changed to Not Myself Day?
A: We've decided to open the festival up to more genres and fandoms that extend beyond the fantasy realm to include things like superheroes, pirates, and all kinds of characters.
Q: How much are tickets?
A: Not Myself Day will be a public event, meaning there will be NO ENTRANCE FEE. However, there will be wristbands available for purchase to participate in activities with limited supplies.
Q: Do people who buy their wristbands online or at the event?
A: Wristbands will be available for purchase at the event. Prices to be announced soon!
Q: What will entrance to the event look like?
A: The event can be entered through any of the surrounding areas of downtown. A map will be shared closer to the event that will provide further details on parking and event entrance.
Q: When will Quidditch, Herbology, House Sorting, and The Platform 9 ¾ Walk tickets will go on sale?
A: Late March. These events are LIMITED and WILL SELL OUT. EVERY AGE needs to purchase a ticket for Quidditch and Herbology, even under 5. Quidditch will not allow Under 6 years old to play. A waiver is required to participate in the Quidditch match for anyone under 18 by a legal parent and guardian. The form is attached to the Eventbrite registration. The Platform 9 ¾ Walk is Co-Sponsored with the Sparta Lions Club.
Q: Where do I bring my donations?
A: Charitable donations will be collected at appropriate booths onsite.
Q: How much are ducks?
A: $10 each, racing ducks to benefit now playing for kids. Able to purchase online or at the event. Cash only ducks at the event.
Q: Can I use my credit card at the Wands and Wizards Emporium?
A: Vendors may or may not accept credit cards; Ducks are cash only.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: We are allowing dogs WITH a leash. Owners are required to clean up after their animal. Dogs CAN be in costume.
Q: Can I where a costume?
A: Yes! Costumes are encouraged!
Q: Will there be food available?
A: Yes. There will be one food vendor in the park. All other food will be in the food truck rally. Wrist band is required for re-entry.
Q: Will there be Vegetarian or Gluten Free options?
A: Yes, in the food truck rally.
Q: Will there be alcohol at the event?
A: There will be an area allocated to alcohol consumption. All alcohol will be contained in that location.
Q: Where is the nearest ATM?
A: There is an ATM at the south side of the food truck rally, at the back lane of ChoiceOne Bank.
Q: Is there a lost and found / information booth at the event?
A: There will be a lost and found / information booth located near the entrance.
Q: Is there a hotel in Sparta that I can stay at?
A: There is no hotel located in Sparta, but here is a list of the nearest hotels.
Q: Where is the nearest campground located?
A: The nearest campground is Duke Creek in Cedar Springs, Michigan.
Q: Are there restaurants nearby to eat at?
A: Yes! Here is list of our local restaurants.
Q: Will there be activities outside of the park?
A: Yes. There will be fee based activities taking place outside the park limits such as Trivia, Broom Races, vendors, Walk up Painting. These events will be cash only.
Q: How will I be notified of updates leading up the event?
A: Regular Facebook updates will be done at www.facebook.com/potterinthepark.