Attention all Calgary wizards, witches and muggles: This Sunday, Twenty-four retailers in Kensington will mark J.K. Rowling’s latest release by teaming up to transform Kensington into the famous Diagon Alley!

All fans are encouraged to dress up in costume and check out the many stores that will be decorated to mirror the Diagon Alley shops from the Harry Potter series.

Get your very own Marauder’s Map, to guide you onto your quest in participating venues and event details. Oh and did we mention there will be 20 golden snitches hidden in the area?


Maps will be available at Pages Books — which will transform into the Flourish and Blotts Bookstore. Download the online version at

A Quiddich match will also be taking place as the Calgary Kelpies and University of Calgary Mudbloods battle it out at Riley Park.

“The Kensington BRZ is invested in community building, so when we were approached by one of the businesses to help them create the Harry Potter event, we felt it was a great opportunity to lend our support,” said Ellen Parker, Communication Director at Kensington BRZ.

The event originated from a local fan, who approached the Kensington BRZ with this brilliant idea. Once approved the Kensington Diagon Alley event exploded on Facebook, with 8,500+ confirmed people attending the event.


Can’t make it to this event? Don’t worry, we got you covered! Our team will be live streaming the highlights on the YYCNow Snapchat Story!


Kensington Diagon Alley

When: Sunday, July 31 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Kensington, Riley Park & More
More Info: Facebook Event Page

Calgary Kelpies vs UofC Mudbloods

When: Sunday, July 31 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Riley Park

Storybook Theatre Reading

When: Sunday, July 31 from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Plaza Theatre


“The weekend consists of  fun, free, family-friendly events, and we love bringing those to our City!”