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Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday at these 5 Magical Events in July

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Huge fans of Harry Potter know that July 31 is a date to be celebrated – it is Harry Potter’s Birthday! According to J.K. Rowling, Harry James Potter was born on July 31, 1980.

While you can play Harry Potter games online year-round, and Harry Potter-themed events and trivia nights are often held during the year, in late July each year there are birthday celebrations held at local libraries, parks, and at other businesses.

If you’re in Lakeland and Polk County, check out these Harry Potter events happening in Lakeland in July 2022.

Featured Event: Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration at Lakeside Village

2022Sat30Jul2:00 pmSat4:00 pmFeaturedHarry Potter’s Birthday Celebration2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Lakeside Village - Lakeland, 1479 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803 Event OrganizerLakeside Village

Event Details

Calling all Muggles, Witches, and Wizards! On Saturday, July 30, from 2-4 pm, Lakeside Village and Books-A-Million will transform into the Wizarding World for Harry Potter’s birthday celebration and Florida Back-to-School Tax-Free Week.

• Horcruxes Scavenger Hunt
• Face Painting
• Balloon Artist
• Activity Stations
• Honeydukes Photo Op
• Books A Million Gift Card Raffles
• Hogwarts Student Characters
• Fans are invited to come dressed as their favorite character from the wizarding world (Adults should not wear a masked costume).
No reservation is needed, but supplies are limited and first-come, first-served.

Horcruxes Scavenger Hunt:
• There is a limited supply of maps available, first come, first served—one map per person. An adult must always accompany children.
• On the day of the event, pick up your map between 2- 3 pm by the Lawn at Lakeside Village (located at 1479 Town Center Lakeland, FL 33803).
• Help Harry Potter find the 7 Horcruxes hidden on the property by following the clues on the map.
• After finding the 7 Horcruxes mark them on the map, head back to The Lawn and summit your completed map to enter the raffle.
• Turn in your completed map to enter the drawing for several prizes; the 1st Prize is a $100 Books A Million Gift Card! Winners will be selected at 3:45 pm.
• Stay on The Lawn for activity stations, face painting, balloon twisting, lawn games, and photo opportunities, or head to Books a Million for more activity stations and photo opportunities.


(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Location

Lakeside Village - Lakeland

1479 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803

2022Sat30Jul10:00 amSat4:00 pmHarry Potter Escape Room @ Jackson Branch Library {Registration Full}10:00 am - 4:00 pm Larry R. Jackson Branch Library - Lakeland, 1700 N Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805 Event OrganizerLarry R. Jackson Branch Library - Lakeland

Event Details

Detention in Professor McEewn’s office?!  But it’s rumored that the last wizard who received detention from Professor McEwen was never seen again!  Do you have what it takes to solve the puzzles and escape?  Teams of 5 participants will have 40 minutes to work together, decipher clues, and hopefully escape the professor’s office.

Witches, wizards, and muggles under 12 years old must have an adult on their team.  Teams that are smaller than 5 may be paired with other participants. 

There are multiple escape room sessions on July 30 – 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Please only register for one. All escape room sessions are the same experience.  

Registration is required and will open Saturday, July 23 at 9 am.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Location

Larry R. Jackson Branch Library - Lakeland

1700 N Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805

2022Sat30Jul2:00 pmSat4:00 pmHarry Potter's Birthday Celebration: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mulberry - GEM Theater, 104 NW 1st Ave, Mulberry, FL 33860

Event Details

Bust out the wands and dust off your house colors! It’s Harry Potter’s birthday (well ok, one day early), and we want to celebrate. Come in Harry Potter themed attire and be entered to win a prize! Drawing for prize will be immediately before a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We will have themed concessions available while supplies last. Tickets are $5.00.


(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2022Wed27Jul6:30 pmWed8:30 pmHarry Potter Trivia Night at Swan Brewing6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Swan Brewing Lakeland, 115 W Pine St, Lakeland, FL 33815

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Event Details

Which house are you in? Come enjoy beating other teams with all you know about the Harry Potter franchise! Play for free and win prizes! Cuban B’s will be here all day to feed you!


(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Location

Swan Brewing Lakeland

115 W Pine St, Lakeland, FL 33815

2023Fri28Jul5:00 pmFri9:00 pmLast Friday in Downtown Plant City: Harry Potter Birthday Celebration5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Plant City - Mccall Park Downtown, 100 N Collins St., Plant City, FL 33563 Event OrganizerPlant City Main Street

Event Details

Last Friday in Downtown Plant City will be held on the last Friday of each month (except November and December) from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in beautiful downtown Plant City along NE Drane St and N Palmer St.

JULY 28, 2023 – Wizards and muggles alike are invited to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday at the Last Friday in Downtown! You are invited to a magical evening as our downtown transforms into a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration.

Make your way to Platform 9 3/4 at the The Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, take on the wizarding scavenger hunt, check out the Main Street Kids: zone with hands-on art, dare to ride the extreme gyrosphere, take on the giant waterslide, browse the exhibitor market, and enjoy delicious food and butterbeer all through the night. There will even be a Harry Potter-themed costume contest!

Many downtown businesses will be open late for you to shop and embrace your love for all things local. So make plans to head into downtown for Last Friday to experience a magical summer night for the entire family!


(Friday) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Location

Plant City - Mccall Park Downtown

100 N Collins St., Plant City, FL 33563

Haven Coffee Roasters Harry Potter Birthday Celebration

Haven Coffee Roasters in Winter Haven is having a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration ALL.MONTH.LONG. Stop by for a delicious treat like a butter beer, fizzing whizzbee, exploding bon bon, or golden snitch, and check out the themed decor, new merchandise, and special events at the shop Platform 9 3/4. Located at 140 3rd St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880 in Downtown Winter Haven.

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