Wizard of Oz Days return to the Dunes in May!

April 8, 2021

Oz at Chesterton is back! All the magic, entertainment and camaraderie of Chesterton’s legendary Wizard of Oz Festival returns May 15 and 16, 2021, as Wizard of Oz Days.! 40 years ago Chesterton, IN hosted a spectacular weekend to celebrate Oz and for several decades became the nation’s most attended annual Oz event. Now returning after a several year break, the weekend promises to delight fans of all ages like never before; both live and virtual, indoor and out, following Indiana’s safety guidelines to safely offer an unforgettable weekend for all.

Events will take place in and around the Duneland Falls Banquet & Event Center, 1100 North Max Mochal Highway (SR 149) in Chesterton, IN.; kicking off the weekend Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5pm with the sparkly Emerald City Gala with a catered dinner, special Ozzy guests, a live Oz music concert, Oz in Chesterton retrospective, live Oz collectible auction and more.

The weekend will present Indiana’s own, nationally acclaimed, “Spirit of Oz,” Wizard of Oz Characters who will both perform and meet and greet fans for socially distanced photo opps. Programs feature many favorite stars of the Oz community, such as Tori Calamito (The Oz Vlog), Wally Krueger (Oz Collectors United), Joe Shipbaugh (Oz artist), Josh D. Smith (Oz musician), James C. Wallace II (Oz Author), Jane Albright (International Wizard of Oz Club President), Steven’s Puppets, The Great Oz Magic Show, and Michael Siewert (friend of munchkin Margaret Pellegrini), and more to be announced soon. The event emcee is TV film critic/Oz historian Ryan Jay with his puppy Toto, too. This event will be both an inside and outdoor festival.

Don’t miss your chance to meet our official Wizard of Oz characters: Dorothy and Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Glinda; but wait, can’t forget the Wicked Witch of the West! She’ll be cackling there too. You never know what friends you may meet along the Yellow Brick Road.

Plus there’s our phenomenal vendors, displaying everything from Oz collectibles to handmade crafts. You’ll also meet the Oz artists and authors. AND loads of food, contests, games and so much more! Everywhere you turn will take to the magical Land of Oz.The largest Wizard of Oz Festival of its kind was created by Ms. Jean Nelson and was held in Chesterton for 31 years (1981-2012). We look forward to honoring the cherished, long standing tradition of that event with the new Wizard of Oz Days, May 15-16, 2021. It promises to be a reunion of sorts. Sharing old pictures of past festivals, swapping memories and remembering the love of the Wizard of Oz. The GALA will take place on Friday Night with the Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

Stay tuned to the 2021 Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Facebook Event Page for exciting updates and news. Make plans now to join us for the Wizard of Oz Days on May 15-16, 2021 in Chesterton, IN. There’s truly no place like HOME. 

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