Queen City Mischief & Magic
September 23-24, 2023
How do I get tickets to the festival? QCMM is a free festival and no tickets are needed to attend! Some events hosted by local non-profits or businesses may require tickets or registration. Check the “Events” tab on our Facebook page and/or and Sched to see when a ticket is needed.
Wait, what’s Sched and how do I get it? In 2022, we're using Sched to provide you the most efficient and helpful way for you to plan your festival weekend. To use Sched, visit https://qcmm2022.sched.com. A limited number of logins are available for attendees to create their own personalized schedule. Please only create a login if you plan to utilize the personalized schedule part of the program, as logins are limited!
Sched may be used any time, even without a login. You can even sync your QCMM schedule to your phone or calendar. Check it out on your computer, mobile device, or through the free app.
Will I be able to drive downtown? While you will still be able to drive in the downtown area, there will be street closures, congestion and confusion. The traffic map (found on our website and posted on our social media) shows which streets will still be accessible. Street closures have also been uploaded to Waze, so we encourage you to utilize that app while out and about downtown.
Where can I park? LIMITED parking is available downtown at either of the parking garages; they are located on New St and Johnson St.; both are accessible despite the street closures. If parking in the New St. garage, please be mindful of the spots reserved for hotel guests.
Parking for our free shuttles is also available at the old Staunton Mall (90 Lee Jackson Hwy) on SATURDAY ONLY. This location will provide free parking and is approximately 2 miles from the festival. Our free shuttles will be available to take you from this location to the center of the festival, downtown.
When do the shuttles run? Free shuttles will be running on SATURDAY ONLY and will begin at 9 AM. The last shuttle will depart downtown at 9:30 PM. Shuttles will run on an ongoing basis. Please follow the instructions of our volunteer Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadets, who will direct you to park in the Shuttle Lot. DO NOT Park outside of the authorized area, as you may be towed.
Is there handicapped parking available? Handicapped parking is available in the City National Bank parking lot (#70) between Central Ave. and Lewis St. Look for the VWIL Cadets in fatigues to gain access.
Where can I find festival maps? QCMM programs (which include the festival maps) will be available at the Info Booth (#43) on the Hufflepuff Block on Beverley Street. You can also find a map on our website, social media, and in Sched.
Can I bring my pet? As much as we would love to meet your furry friends, our festival environment will not be comfortable for pets. We ask you to please leave Fluffy at home.
What time do the trains arrive? Special guests will be arriving by train, provided by Buckingham Branch, three times during QCMM2022: Saturday at 9:45 AM & 2:45 PM and Sunday at 9:45 AM. All trains will arrive at the Staunton Train Station / Platform 9¾ (#97).
Where can I find the festival schedule? While our printed program features some festival highlights, this year we are using Sched to provide users with the most comprehensive schedule of events, activities, and festival amenities. Visit https://qcmm2022.sched.com for the most complete and up-to-date look at all that’s available over the weekend. We encourage you to download and explore the Sched app before you arrive.
Where can I get feast tickets? Feast tickets will be for sale on a first come basis on Saturday at 2pm at the Information Booth (#43). Ticket cost is $33 in cash or $36 if paying by card and all tickets are final sale. The menu is Cottage Pie (80-beef and 40-vegetarian), served with British slaw and dessert. Each guest will receive assorted magical gifts and a BBC Butterbrew in a take home cup. There is one seating for the feast and participants must be seated by 6pm. The feast will be held in Trinity Church’s Parish Hall (#63).
What if I need medical help? First Aid for minor scrapes will be available at the information booth (#43). There will be a mobile EMT unit downtown for emergencies. Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
Are there public restrooms available? Yes! Bathrooms/PortaJohns can be found at map locations #71 (between Slytherin & Hufflepuff blocks) & #77 (Wharf area).
I lost my wand! Help! The lost and found (“Room of Requirement”) is located at the Staunton Visitors Center (#19).
Where can I change a young wizard’s diaper? Diaper changing stations can be found at Sunspots (#91), Baja Bean (#47), and Byers Street Bistro (#81).
Is there a quiet place to breastfeed? Habitat for Humanity has given us access to their tiny house for the weekend for this purpose. It can be found near Do-Good Alley in the Wharf (#83).
Where is the hydration station? Please help us be responsible environmental stewards and bring your own reusable water bottle to QCMM! A water station, provided by May Supply and hosted by Atlantic Union Bank, will be available to fill your bottle. It can be found behind the Info Booth (#43).
What is Traipse and how can I get it? The free Traipse app offers over a dozen themed tours of Staunton, helping you explore, shop, and have fun as you explore this our city. .Traipse is providing an interactive QCMM festival map. This is a great activity to do when lines get long or if there is a lull in activities you wish to attend. For more information or help, visit the Traipse table (#60), your device’s app store, or www.traipse.co.
I don’t know my house! Can I be sorted at QCMM? Yes! Sorting by a local Boy Scout troop will take place at the Wharf near Byers Street Bistro throughout the festival.
Will the collectable cards be back this year? We are taking a break from cards in 2022, but we have something new for you to collect this year! Inside the QCMM program (available at the Information Booth), you will find three different puzzles.
Visit each participating business/organization to collect puzzle pieces. The first 500 people to complete the first two puzzles can stop by the Info Booth for a limited edition sticker.
The third puzzle is a real head-scratcher and will challenge even the wisest witches and wizards. The first 333 people to complete the third puzzle and bring it to the Info Booth will receive a limited edition print of our magical QCMM map, signed by local artist, Candace Christy, of Paper Snacks Studios.
I missed pre-ordering a QCMM t-shirt! Can I get one at the festival? We will have official QCMM merchandise available for sale over the weekend at #40 on the map. Please be aware that quantities of t-shirts, etc. are limited, so if there is a particular style/size you are looking for, we advise making a stop at the Merch Table early in your visit.
I have concerns related to COVID; what preventative measures are in place at QCMM? We are partnering with Dynamic DXs—a local but world class COVID prevention company. They are providing masks, thorough and regular sterilization of high traffic surfaces with chemicals, and other new and great technology/equipment. Dynamic DXs will have a table at #35 on the map if you have more specific questions for the or would like additional information. We appreciate the support of the Staunton Downtown Development Association to make our partnership with Dynamic Dxs possible.
We want to meet some characters and take pictures! What’s the best way to do that? Meet-and-greet with our official QCMM characters is provided by Stuart Hall and will take place at location #55 on the map. Attendees will have the opportunity to take pictures here, as well. We will share a schedule for character times closer to the festival.