In the mean time, you may have to face the real world until it returns in 2021. For more information and updates on the project, head over to their website. “Mainly because of legal issues related to certain intellectual properties that just gave us a fight. As a small local organization, that’s not something we wanted to pursue,” said Overbaugh. After a five year run, attracting thousands of witches and wizards, Wizarding Weekend is closing its gates. ITHACA (WBNG) — Wizarding Weekend in Ithaca started out in 2015 as an event meant for fantasy fans. “We’ve been building our own branding. We have visual representations of these guys and gals, well, they’re creatures if I’m being honest,” said Overbaugh. While the weekend filled of mischief and spells is gone for this year, organizers say there’s still hope to bring mythical creatures and magic to Ithaca. “It was intended to be a local community event. Over time it grew, and up to 70 percent of our attendees are from out of town,” said GorgeKeep Festival Director Darlynne Overbaugh. New creatures designed by a local artist and a chance to go on and complete quests will be part of the 2021 comeback. As a bonus, it will feature a touch of Ithaca’s enchantment. “This year, 2020, is all about connecting with the community and finding out what their stories are and how those stories can be incorporated into the GorgeKeep School of Magic, and a subsequent festival in 2021,” said Overbaugh. If the event is so popular, what spell could bring the beloved festival to an end? “It should reflect our area. It should reflect the flora and fauna of the natural area. We have a lot of gorges, hence, GorgeKeep,” said Overbaugh. GorgeKeep, organizers say, will bring a new realm to the Finger Lakes region.