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*''Wicked'' is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see https://wickedthemusical.com/tickets/#tour. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
 
*''Wicked'' is also touring the United States and Canada. For more information and updates about the tour, see https://wickedthemusical.com/tickets/#tour. Here's the current schedule (locations and dates are subject to change):
** Now through May 15, 2022: [https://ticketomaha.com/powered-by/?organization=omaha-performing-arts#/Broadway%20Series Orpheum Theater], Omaha, Nebraska
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** December 8, 2022-January 22, 2023: [https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/explore-by-genre/theater/2022-2023/wicked/ The Kennedy Center], Washington, DC
** May 18-June 5, 2022: [https://columbus.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Ohio Theatre], Columbus, Ohio
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** June 8-July 24, 2022: [https://boston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ Citizens Bank Opera House], Boston, Massachusetts
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** July 27-August 28, 2022: [https://hennepintheatretrust.org/events/wicked-broadway-tickets-minneapolis-mn-2022/ Orpheum Theatre], Minneapolis, Minnesota
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** August 31-September 11, 2022: [https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1023842?mc_cid=4056612e9f&mc_eid=UNIQID Altria Theater], Richmond, Virginia
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** September 14-25, 2022: [https://broadwayinnorfolk.com/wicked/ Chrysler Hall], Norfolk, Virginia
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** September 28-December 4, 2022: [https://www.broadwayinchicago.com/show/wicked-2022/ James M. Nederlander Theatre], Chicago, Illinois
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** January 25-February 12, 2023: [https://orlando.broadway.com/ Dr. Phillips Center], Orlando, Florida
 
** January 25-February 12, 2023: [https://orlando.broadway.com/ Dr. Phillips Center], Orlando, Florida
 
** February 15-March 5, 2023: [https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Subscriptions/Broadway/Broadway-in-Miami-2021-2022/ Adrienne Arsht Center], Miami, Florida
 
** February 15-March 5, 2023: [https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Subscriptions/Broadway/Broadway-in-Miami-2021-2022/ Adrienne Arsht Center], Miami, Florida
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** March 8-26, 2023: [https://www.strazcenter.org/Events/Straz/Shows/2223_BroadwayEncore/WICKED The Straz Center], Tampa, Florida
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** March 29-April 9, 2023: [https://www.kravis.org/events/wicked/ Kravis Center], West Palm Beach, Florida
 
** April 12-May 7, 2023: [https://www.fabulousfox.com/events/detail/wicked The Fabulous Fox Theatre], St. Louis, Missouri
 
** April 12-May 7, 2023: [https://www.fabulousfox.com/events/detail/wicked The Fabulous Fox Theatre], St. Louis, Missouri
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** May 10-28, 2023: [https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/wicked Cobb Great Hall, Warton Center], East Lansing, Michigan
 
** May 31-July 2, 2023: [https://houston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ The Hobby Center], Houston, Texas
 
** May 31-July 2, 2023: [https://houston.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ The Hobby Center], Houston, Texas
 
** July 5-30, 2023: [https://atlanta.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Fox Theatre], Atlanta, Georgia
 
** July 5-30, 2023: [https://atlanta.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Fox Theatre], Atlanta, Georgia
 
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** August 2-20, 2023: [https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/23-broadway-10 Peace Center], Greenville, South Carolina
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===''Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse'', Hamburg, Germany===
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'''Now playing: ''Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse'', Hamburg, Germany.''' For the first time in many years, ''Wicked'' is playing on a German stage, and this time it's an all-new production, different from the original Broadway version. If you can read German, you can find out more information at https://www.stage-entertainment.de/musicals-shows/wicked-hamburg.html. And you can now watch the first video preview at https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/VIDEO-Get-A-First-Look-At-The-New-Non-Replica-Production-of-WICKED-in-Hamburg-20210709.
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===''Lost in Oz'' series, Internet streaming===
 
===''Lost in Oz'' series, Internet streaming===
 
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'''Now playing: ''Lost in Oz'', Amazon Video streaming.''' This animated series from Amazon tells the story of Dorothy, a modern-day girl, and her dog Toto, who are whisked to Oz when Dorothy opens one of her mother's old journals. To get home, she must find the elements of magic and help restore magic to Oz. Fortunately she has made friends with Ojo the Munchkin and West, a trainee witch, to help her out. To get started, see Amazon's ''Lost in Oz'' website at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI! More episodes are now in production, so keep an eye out for the announcements of even more of the show.
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'''Now playing: ''Lost in Oz'', Amazon Video streaming.''' This animated series from Amazon tells the story of Dorothy, a modern-day girl, and her dog Toto, who are whisked to Oz when Dorothy opens one of her mother's old journals. To get home, she must find the elements of magic and help restore magic to Oz. Fortunately she has made friends with Ojo the Munchkin and West, a trainee witch, to help her out. To get started, see Amazon's ''Lost in Oz'' website at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI! And in November of 2022, this short was dropped with news of what's to come:
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===''No Place Like Home'' podcast, the Internet===
 
===''No Place Like Home'' podcast, the Internet===
 
'''Now playing: ''No Place Like Home'' podcast.''' This podcast looks at the Ruby Slippers, how they were stolen in 2005 and found again in 2018, and all the background behind them, the production of The Movie, the life of Judy Garland, and more. Available on most podcasting sites. For more information, the show's website is at https://shows.cadence13.com/podcast/noplacelikehome.
 
'''Now playing: ''No Place Like Home'' podcast.''' This podcast looks at the Ruby Slippers, how they were stolen in 2005 and found again in 2018, and all the background behind them, the production of The Movie, the life of Judy Garland, and more. Available on most podcasting sites. For more information, the show's website is at https://shows.cadence13.com/podcast/noplacelikehome.
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===''The Lost Princess of Oz'' podcast, the Internet===
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'''Now playing: ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' podcast.''' A new, original Oz story for kids (of all ages), told in six parts, with songs, and presented by the Delaware Children's Theatre. Although based on Baum's writings, this is not the same story as his novel ''The Lost Princess of Oz''. For more information, or to subscribe, see the show's website at https://www.thelostprincessofozpodcast.com/.
  
 
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==="We're Not in Kansas Anymore" museum exhibit, Whiting, Indiana===
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===''Rainbow'' movie, Netflix===
'''Now through May 21, 2022: "We're Not in Kansas Anymore" museum exhibit, Studio 659, Whiting, Indiana.''' A collection of new works, all inspired by ''The Wizard of Oz'' books and movie. For more information, see the museum's page on the exhibit at https://studio659.org/events/were-not-in-kansas-anymore-opening-reception.
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'''Now playing: ''Rainbow'', on Netflix worldwide.''' The first streaming service premieres this new movie, from director Paco León, that uses themes and imagery from ''The Wizard of Oz'' to explore the coming of age of Dora, a young Spanish woman who finds that everything she thought she knew about her life may be wrong. Available in an English dub, or with English subtitles.
  
 
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===''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel===
===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
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'''''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel.''' A Hallmark Christmas romance movie, first shown in 2020 and based (loosely) on ''The Wizard of Oz''! Candace Cameron Bure stars as Darcy Gale, a publicist who teams up with Huck, a cynical business owner played by Neil Webb, to help out a charity in need. Hallmark Channel isn't waiting until the Christmas season, they're showing it ''now''! Here are the current listings:
'''May 13-15, 2022: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana.''' The home of one of the most celebrated ''Wizard of Oz'' festivals is going to do it again. This year, events will begin a day early with a Friday evening Ruby Slipper Gala. For more information, see the event's Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2409107332697500/.
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* December 17, 2022, 6:00 am
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* December 27, 2022, 6:00 pm
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Always check local listings for exact time and channel on your television provider. For more details and a sneak peek behind the scenes, take a look at [https://www.etonline.com/candace-cameron-bure-stars-in-hallmark-channels-if-i-only-had-christmas-first-look-exclusive-154864 the news report on the ''Entertainment Tonight'' website]. And [https://celebratingthesoaps.com/hallmark/hallmark-channel-news-wizard-of-oz-reimagined-candace-cameron-bure-in-if-i-only-had-christmas/ here's another report with another preview]. Finally, [https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/if-i-only-had-christmas here's the movie's page on the channel's website].
  
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet, Kansas City, Kansas===
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===''The Wiz'', Seattle, Washington===
'''May 13-22, 2022: ''The Wizard of Oz'' ballet, The Kauffman Center, Kansas City, Missouri.''' Kansas City Ballet brings back its popular ballet rendition of the story, featuring Amanda DeVenuta as Dorothy. For more information or to purchase tickets, see the show's website at https://kcballet.org/events/the-wizard-of-oz/.
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'''Now through December 23, 2022: ''The Wiz'', The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington.''' The 5th Avenue presents a new, original staging of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz''. For more information, check out the show's website at https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2022-23/the-wiz/.
  
 
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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
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===''The Witches of Oz'' interactive theatrical experience, London, England, Great Britain===
'''May 20-21, 2022: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas.''' This town in Kansas celebrates ''The Wizard of Oz'' every year. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y or call 620-725-4033.
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'''Now through January 15, 2023: ''The Witches of Oz'' interactive theatrical experience, The Vaults, London, England, Great Britain.''' When Dorothy gets drag-ged back to Oz, she finds all is not quite as it was when she left, and now witches are vying for power. For more information and tickets, see the show's website at https://www.thevaults.london/the-witches-of-oz. You can read more about the show at https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/THE-WITCHES-OF-OZ-Opens-at-The-Vaults-Theatre-20220921.
  
 
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==June 2022==
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==November/December 2022==
===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
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===''The Wizard of Oz'', holiday cablecasts===
'''June 3-5, 2022: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' This village in upstate New York honors one of its native sons, L. Frank Baum, with an annual festival honoring his creation, the Land of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/.
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'''''The Wizard of Oz'' holiday cablecasts, TBS and TNT.''' The stations' annual holiday season showings of the famous film version are, generally speaking, around Thanksgiving on TBS and Christmas on TNT. Keep watching as the holidays get closer. Currently scheduled airings:
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* December 6: 8:00 pm and 10:15 pm EST, TNT
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' movie, theaters across the United States===
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==December 2022==
'''June 5-6, 2022: ''The Wizard of Oz'' movie, theaters across the United States.''' In honor of Judy Garland's one hundredth birthday this month, Fathom Events is presenting ''The Wizard of Oz'' in theaters all over America as a special event. Fantom is even advertising an extra deleted musical number. For more information, including theaters and showtimes in your area, see the event's website at https://www.fathomevents.com/events/The-Wizard-of-Oz-2022.
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===''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' cablecast===
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'''''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' holiday special, AMC cablecast.''' This 1985 presentation, the last holiday special produced by Rankin-Bass (better known for ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer''), is based on the book of the same name by Oz creator L. Frank Baum. It is now being shown on AMC. Here are the currently scheduled airings:
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* December 6, 1:45 am
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Check your local provider for the exact channel and time in your area.
  
 
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===Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
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===''Claus: The Musical'', Salford, United Kingdom===
'''June 9-12, 2022: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.''' Judy Garland's home town celebrates her one hundredth birthday this year, in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over four days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/events/100th-birthday.
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'''December 14, 2022-January 8, 2023: ''Claus: The Musical'', Lowry Theatre, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom.''' This is the world premiere production of this musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum book ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus''. Tickets are available now. For more information, see the show's website at https://thelowry.com/whats-on/claus-the-musical/. And there's now an article, with a sample of one of the songs, at https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/claus-musical-world-premiere-cast-sing_57622.html.
  
 
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==July 2022==
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==March 2023==
===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
'''July 16, 2022: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California.''' The world's longest continuously running ''Wizard of Oz'' convention is back live (we hope) in 2022! As part of the centennial celebration of ''Kabumpo in Oz'', the first Oz book to feature an animal as the title character, this year's convention will celebrate the animals of Oz. For more information, see the convention's website at http://www.ozconinternational.com/. If you want to see any of the videos presented at the 2020 and 2021 online versions of the convention, you can now watch many of them through the OzConnection YouTube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg/featured.
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'''March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2023: Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas.''' The annual Oz-themed road race, in the home of the Oz Museum, benefits the Wamego High School cross-country team and other running and fitness charities in the area. There is also a carbo-loading spaghetti feed the night before. For more information, and to register, see https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Wamego/WickedFast and http://wickedmarathon.org/.
  
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania===
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===''The Wiz'', Lancaster, Pennsylvania===
'''July 22-August 7, 2022: ''The Wizard of Oz'' play, The Playhouse at Allenberry, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.''' Keystone Theatrics presents the stage version of the famous movie adaptation of the first Oz story. Evening performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and matinées are Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. For more information, including links to purchase tickets, see the show's website at https://keystonetheatrics.com/wizardofoz/.
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'''March 2-26, 2023: ''The Wiz'', Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.''' The Tony-winning musical is revived in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including ordering tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wiz/.
  
 
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==August 2022==
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==April 2023==
===The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York===
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===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas===
'''August 5-7, 2022: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York.'''
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'''April 22, 2023: Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas.''' If you're going to have a 26.2-mile run in Kansas, you may as well give it an Oz theme! For more information and to register, see the race's website at http://ozrun.org/.
The next live (we all hope) national Oz convention will celebrate illustrators W. W. Denslow (in a place he actually worked) and John R. Neill, and the arts and crafts of Oz. For more information, see the convention's website at https://ozclub.org/2020-national-convention/ and https://ozis.us/2020/10/19/oz-the-national-convention-aug-5-8-2021/.
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===Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri===
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==May 2023==
'''August (exact date to be announced), 2022: Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri.''' For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.
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===Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana===
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'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana.''' One of the most celebrated ''Wizard of Oz'' festivals is back! For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/.
  
 
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==Autumn 2022==
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===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio===
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'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas.''' This town in Kansas celebrates ''The Wizard of Oz'' every year. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y or call 620-725-4033.
'''Autumn (exact dates to be announced), 2022: ''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio.''' For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.
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===Midwest Oz Fest 2022, Location To Be Announced===
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===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
'''Autumn (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Midwest Oz Fest 2022, Location To Be Announced.''' The southwest suburbs of Chicago are hosting a big festival, with vendors and food and rides and games and parades and all the rest. It's early still, but to stay on top of the festival's progress, keep an eye on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/.
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'''May (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2023: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.''' This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to https://www.raceentry.com/oz-run/race-information. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.
  
 
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==September 2022==
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==June 2023==
===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
'''September 9-25, 2022: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. This year, the fun is spread out over three weekends. For more information, including when tickets go on sale, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
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'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York.''' This village in upstate New York honors its native son, L. Frank Baum, with an annual festival honoring his creation, the Land of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/.
  
 
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===Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota===
===Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
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'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.''' Judy Garland's home town celebrates her in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over several days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.
'''October (exact dates to be announced), 2022: Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan.''' This Michigan town holds an annual ''Wizard of Oz'' festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.
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===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' stage show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania===
'''October 1, 2022: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas.''' The town not only has an Oz museum, they put on an annual Oz festival. Authors and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at http://oztoberfest.com/.
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'''June 24-July 15, 2023: ''The Wizard of Oz'' stage show, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.''' The stage version of the famous movie version becomes a Saturday matinée summer event in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including buying tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wizard-of-oz/.
  
 
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===OzFest, Liberal, Kansas===
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==July 2023==
'''October 1, 2022: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas.''' The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see [https://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Ozfest&TravelTo=KS1019015&VE=Y&Event_ID=KS1019015e002 the city's events page] and [http://visitliberal.com/ the city's website] (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates).
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===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
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'''July 28-30, 2023: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California.''' The world's longest continuously running ''Wizard of Oz'' convention is back for its first live, weekend-long edition in four years. The theme will be animation and Oz. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/. If you want to see any of the videos presented at the 2020 and 2021 online versions of the convention, you can now watch many of them through the OzConnection YouTube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg/featured.
  
 
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===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
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==August 2023==
'''October (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2022: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.''' This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.theozrun.com/. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.
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===''Wicked'', Sydney, New South Wales, Australia===
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'''Opening August, 2023: ''Wicked'', Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.''' It's back! The award-winning musical about the witches of Oz is coming back to Australia. For more information, and to get on the waitlist, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.
  
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'', holiday cablecasts===
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===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
'''''The Wizard of Oz'' holiday cablecasts, TBS and TNT.''' The stations' annual holiday season showings of the famous film version are, generally speaking, around Thanksgiving on TBS and Christmas on TNT. Keep watching as the holidays get closer. Check your local listings for the exact time and channel in your area.
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina.''' The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. For more information, including when tickets go on sale, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.
  
 
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===''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel===
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===Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
'''''If I Only Had Christmas'' television movie, The Hallmark Channel.''' A Hallmark Christmas romance movie, first shown in 2020 and based (loosely) on ''The Wizard of Oz''! Candace Cameron Bure stars as Darcy Gale, a publicist who teams up with Huck, a cynical business owner played by Neil Webb, to help out a charity in need. Keep checking here for the season's showings. Always check local listings for exact time and channel on your television provider. For more details and a sneak peek behind the scenes, take a look at [https://www.etonline.com/candace-cameron-bure-stars-in-hallmark-channels-if-i-only-had-christmas-first-look-exclusive-154864 the news report on the ''Entertainment Tonight'' website]. And [https://celebratingthesoaps.com/hallmark/hallmark-channel-news-wizard-of-oz-reimagined-candace-cameron-bure-in-if-i-only-had-christmas/ here's another report with another preview]. Finally, [https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/if-i-only-had-christmas here's the movie's page on the channel's website].
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'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan.''' This Michigan town holds an annual ''Wizard of Oz'' festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.
  
 
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'''December 14, 2022-January 8, 2023: ''Claus: The Musical'', Lowry Theatre, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom.''' This is the world premiere production of this musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum book ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus''. Tickets are available now. For more information, see the show's website at https://thelowry.com/whats-on/claus-the-musical/.
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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2023: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas.''' The town not only has an Oz museum, they put on an annual Oz festival. Authors and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at http://oztoberfest.com/.
  
 
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===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
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'''October (exact date to be announced), 2023: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas.''' The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see [https://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Ozfest&TravelTo=KS1019015&VE=Y&Event_ID=KS1019015e002 the city's events page] and [http://visitliberal.com/ the city's website] (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates).
'''March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2023: Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas.''' The annual Oz-themed road race, in the home of the Oz Museum, benefits the Wamego High School cross-country team and other running and fitness charities in the area. There is also a carbo-loading spaghetti feed the night before. For more information, and to register, see https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Wamego/WickedFast and http://wickedmarathon.org/.
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'''April (exact date to be announced), 2023: Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas.''' If you're going to have a 26.2-mile run in Kansas, you may as well give it an Oz theme! For more information and to register, see the race's website at http://ozrun.org/.
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'''December (exact date to be announced): ''Wicked'' movie, Part 1, cinemas worldwide.''' The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The first half is coming out for the 2023 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including further casting (aside from Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Granda as Galinda) and an exact date.
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Other Oz events can also be found on the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook.

Contents

Going on now

Wicked play, around the world

Now playing: Wicked. This is the award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The book is by Winnie Holzman, the music by Stephen Schwartz, and the show is directed by Joe Mantello. It has done so well, it has spawned the following productions:


Ozmafia anime series, on the Internet

Now playing: Ozmafia anime series, crunchyroll.com. In this Japanese anime series (based on the video game of the same name), Scarlet is a new transfer student at Oz Academy. He doesn't get off to a good start, but the teachers seem nice enough. But what strange secrets are hiding at Oz Academy, and why are they at war with the other academies? Episodes (in Japanese, with English subtitles) are available to view online at http://www.crunchyroll.com/ozmafia for free.


The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, throughout the United Kingdom

Now playing: The Wizard of Oz, throughout the United Kingdom. Oz is a popular show to perform in the United Kingdom, and there always seems to be a show going on somewhere. For a complete listing of all upcoming productions of The Wizard of Oz in the United Kingdom, see the listings at The List, naturally. They also have listings for performances of The Wiz.


Emerald City television series, NBC.com

Emerald City television series, NBC.com The latest Oz TV project has gone through its broadcast run on NBC. But the show's website is still up at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city. You can still watch episodes online at http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city/episodes.


Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Internet Streaming and Cablecast

Now playing: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz cartoon series, Internet Streaming, Boomerang. Boomerang brings you the latest Oz cartoon series, based (very loosely) on the famous 1939 film version. Dorothy is now a princess of Oz and living in the Emerald City with Queen Ozma. But she's still having adventures! The first episode is free on the Boomerang website, but getting the rest means subscribing to Boomerang's streaming service. For more information, see the show's website at https://watch.boomerang.com/shows/dorothy-franchise/series/dorothy-series/volume-1. Or, if you have the Boomerang or Cartoon Network cable channels, episodes are now being shown there as well. Other territories around the world, outside the United States, also have the show, so check your local version of the Cartoon Network or Boomerang channels or websites.


Lost in Oz series, Internet streaming

Now playing: Lost in Oz, Amazon Video streaming. This animated series from Amazon tells the story of Dorothy, a modern-day girl, and her dog Toto, who are whisked to Oz when Dorothy opens one of her mother's old journals. To get home, she must find the elements of magic and help restore magic to Oz. Fortunately she has made friends with Ojo the Munchkin and West, a trainee witch, to help her out. To get started, see Amazon's Lost in Oz website at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z89MYTI! And in November of 2022, this short was dropped with news of what's to come:


Chronicles of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now streaming: The Chronicles of Oz podcast, seasons 1, 2, and 3. This audio adaptation of the first three Oz books, each in six episodes, presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvellous Land of Oz, and Ozma of Oz. Produced by Crossover Adventure Productions out of Australia. All episodes, along with trailers and other materials, can be downloaded at http://chroniclesofoz.com/. And now available…


The Royal Podcast of Oz, the Internet

Now streaming: The Royal Podcast of Oz, podbean.com and other podcasting sites. Now running for over a decade, this podcast is devoted to all things Oz, with interviews, reviews, news, and other items of interest to Oz fans of all types. You can listen to or download all editions at https://anchor.fm/the-royal-podcast-of-oz/, or look for it on your favorite podcast site.


Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, National Public Radio

Now streaming: Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me edition of May 11, 2019, npr.org. The popular current events quiz show recorded this episode in St. Louis, and got one of the city's most celebrated residents to play "Not My Job". Former Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Fame inductee Ozzie Smith was nicknamed "The Wizard of Oz" in his playing days, so naturally, he gets to answer questions about The Wizard of Oz! You can listen to the entire episode here, or just Smith's segment here.


Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet

Now playing: Hit the Bricks! podcast, the Internet. One hundred years after the events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Gale farm is abandoned, and a new generation is off to have adventures in Oz. The first act has now dropped, with further episodes to come. For more information, see the show's website at https://hitthebricks.com/, and its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HitTheBricksPod/.


The Smallwood Sessions podcast, "The Podcast of Oz", the Internet

Now playing: "The Podcast of Oz" episode of The Smallwood Sessions podcast. To celebrate what would have been the 2020 edition of Chittenango's Oz-Stravaganza, this podcast about upstate New York celebrates Oz and creator L. Frank Baum's connections to the area. To listen, go to https://anchor.fm/josh-taylor87/episodes/Episode-22-The-Podcast-of-Oz-ef05f4.


Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast, the Internet

Now playing: Down the Yellow Brick Pod podcast. This podcast takes a deep dive into the Oz books, one chapter at a time, and looks at all that they encompass. Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through this link.


The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now playing: The Wonderful Recap of Oz podcast. This podcast recaps the Oz books, one per episode. Available Available on many podcast sources, including Google Podcasts, and through this link.


No Place Like Home podcast, the Internet

Now playing: No Place Like Home podcast. This podcast looks at the Ruby Slippers, how they were stolen in 2005 and found again in 2018, and all the background behind them, the production of The Movie, the life of Judy Garland, and more. Available on most podcasting sites. For more information, the show's website is at https://shows.cadence13.com/podcast/noplacelikehome.


The Lost Princess of Oz podcast, the Internet

Now playing: The Lost Princess of Oz podcast. A new, original Oz story for kids (of all ages), told in six parts, with songs, and presented by the Delaware Children's Theatre. Although based on Baum's writings, this is not the same story as his novel The Lost Princess of Oz. For more information, or to subscribe, see the show's website at https://www.thelostprincessofozpodcast.com/.


The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio broadcast, BBC World Service

Now playing: The Wizard of Oz: A Homegrown American Fairy Tale radio documentary, BBC World Service and online streaming. This program looks at the origins and mythology of The Wizard of Oz and how it came about. It is currently available to listen or download online, anywhere in the world. Check the program's website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1rl9 to listen to it online, or to download it.


To Oz? To Oz! online convention, the Internet

To Oz? To Oz! online convention. With so many Oz events having to be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a bunch of them got together to present some of their events to a worldwide, online audience for free. The live portions of the convention have now ended, but if you go to https://ozis.us/, you can see many prerecorded talks and events.


The OzConnection, YouTube

The OzConnection, YouTube. OzCon International, the world's longest running Wizard of Oz convention, now has a YouTube channel at "The OzConnection", which features highlights of earlier cons and new material. The link is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg.

The OzConnection has recently started two shows specifically for their channel. The first is a talk show called "OZ:Connect", which you can find in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-NAe0FKDXk&list=PLVNfENfXbx111GmnLLJFklUVGxPl1zUC-. The other new show is "Crypto-Oz-ology", short stories about all kinds of unusual happenings in Oz, which is in a playlist at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoSH97u4ts&list=PLVNfENfXbx11g0DhXikoqyP0dslwHeC1h.


Oz Talk, YouTube

Oz Talk panel talk show, YouTube. Join five Oz friends as they discuss any and all Oz subjects under the sun. New episodes will drop every two weeks on the Official Oz Club's YouTube Channel. You can find the playlist for Oz Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNINbbefPS4&list=PL3OVMLWgINCRfgeWZR8GPJOp11rR73Ssc.


Fifty Years of Oziana Readings, Youtube

Fifty Years of Oziana short story readings, YouTube. To celebrate fifty years of Oziana, the International Wizard of Oz Club's annual literary magazine, Club members read stories from the last five decades. Many authors have even revisited their own stories. You can see the playlist of all stories right here.


American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org

American Experience: American Oz documentary, pbs.org. The recent PBS documentary, American Oz, about the life of L. Frank Baum and the creation of Oz (part of the American Experience series) is now available for viewing online, and streaming on the PBS app. To watch, go to https://www.pbs.org/video/american-oz-cvqd3p/. If you're not sure yet, here's the trailer:


Wicked in Concert, pbs.org

Wicked in Concert, pbs.org This special highlights the music of the Broadway musical Wicked. Hosts Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth introduce performances by artists including Amber Riley, Rita Moreno, Gabrielle Ruiz, Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Isaac Powell, Alex Newell, Jennifer Nettles, and the American Pops Orchestra. To watch online, see https://www.pbs.org/show/wicked-concert/, or the PBS app.


Rainbow movie, Netflix

Now playing: Rainbow, on Netflix worldwide. The first streaming service premieres this new movie, from director Paco León, that uses themes and imagery from The Wizard of Oz to explore the coming of age of Dora, a young Spanish woman who finds that everything she thought she knew about her life may be wrong. Available in an English dub, or with English subtitles.


If I Only Had Christmas television movie, The Hallmark Channel

If I Only Had Christmas television movie, The Hallmark Channel. A Hallmark Christmas romance movie, first shown in 2020 and based (loosely) on The Wizard of Oz! Candace Cameron Bure stars as Darcy Gale, a publicist who teams up with Huck, a cynical business owner played by Neil Webb, to help out a charity in need. Hallmark Channel isn't waiting until the Christmas season, they're showing it now! Here are the current listings:

  • December 17, 2022, 6:00 am
  • December 27, 2022, 6:00 pm

Always check local listings for exact time and channel on your television provider. For more details and a sneak peek behind the scenes, take a look at the news report on the Entertainment Tonight website. And here's another report with another preview. Finally, here's the movie's page on the channel's website.


The Wiz, Seattle, Washington

Now through December 23, 2022: The Wiz, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington. The 5th Avenue presents a new, original staging of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. For more information, check out the show's website at https://www.5thavenue.org/shows/2022-23/the-wiz/.


The Witches of Oz interactive theatrical experience, London, England, Great Britain

Now through January 15, 2023: The Witches of Oz interactive theatrical experience, The Vaults, London, England, Great Britain. When Dorothy gets drag-ged back to Oz, she finds all is not quite as it was when she left, and now witches are vying for power. For more information and tickets, see the show's website at https://www.thevaults.london/the-witches-of-oz. You can read more about the show at https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/THE-WITCHES-OF-OZ-Opens-at-The-Vaults-Theatre-20220921.


November/December 2022

The Wizard of Oz, holiday cablecasts

The Wizard of Oz holiday cablecasts, TBS and TNT. The stations' annual holiday season showings of the famous film version are, generally speaking, around Thanksgiving on TBS and Christmas on TNT. Keep watching as the holidays get closer. Currently scheduled airings:

  • December 6: 8:00 pm and 10:15 pm EST, TNT

Check your local listings for the exact time and channel in your area.


December 2022

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus cablecast

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus holiday special, AMC cablecast. This 1985 presentation, the last holiday special produced by Rankin-Bass (better known for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), is based on the book of the same name by Oz creator L. Frank Baum. It is now being shown on AMC. Here are the currently scheduled airings:

  • December 6, 1:45 am

Check your local provider for the exact channel and time in your area.


Claus: The Musical, Salford, United Kingdom

December 14, 2022-January 8, 2023: Claus: The Musical, Lowry Theatre, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom. This is the world premiere production of this musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Tickets are available now. For more information, see the show's website at https://thelowry.com/whats-on/claus-the-musical/. And there's now an article, with a sample of one of the songs, at https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/claus-musical-world-premiere-cast-sing_57622.html.


March 2023

Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas

March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2023: Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas. The annual Oz-themed road race, in the home of the Oz Museum, benefits the Wamego High School cross-country team and other running and fitness charities in the area. There is also a carbo-loading spaghetti feed the night before. For more information, and to register, see https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Wamego/WickedFast and http://wickedmarathon.org/.


The Wiz, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

March 2-26, 2023: The Wiz, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Tony-winning musical is revived in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including ordering tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wiz/.


April 2023

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April 22, 2023: Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas. If you're going to have a 26.2-mile run in Kansas, you may as well give it an Oz theme! For more information and to register, see the race's website at http://ozrun.org/.


May 2023

Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana

May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days Gala, Chesterton, Indiana. One of the most celebrated Wizard of Oz festivals is back! For more information, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays/.


Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas. This town in Kansas celebrates The Wizard of Oz every year. For details, see http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Sedan&Kansas&Yellow+Brick+Road+Festival&City_ID=KS0604019&Event_ID=KS0604019e002&VE=Y or call 620-725-4033.


The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

May (most likely, exact date to be announced), 2023: The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This annual 5K and half-marathon run raises money for local charities while the participants dress in Oz costumes as they make their ways to the Emerald City at the end. For more information, or to sign up, go to https://www.raceentry.com/oz-run/race-information. And if you want to find out a little more, including video of the 2016 run, see http://www.weau.com/content/misc/Oz-Run---Dec-19th-407438355.html.


June 2023

Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. This village in upstate New York honors its native son, L. Frank Baum, with an annual festival honoring his creation, the Land of Oz. For more information, see the event's website at http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/.


Judy Garland Festival, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

June (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Judy Garland Festival, Judy Garland Museum and environs, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Judy Garland's home town celebrates her in this annual festival, with events all over town spread out over several days. For more information, keep an eye on the event's website at https://www.judygarlandmuseum.com/.


The Wizard of Oz stage show, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

June 24-July 15, 2023: The Wizard of Oz stage show, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The stage version of the famous movie version becomes a Saturday matinée summer event in southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, including buying tickets, see the show's website at https://thefulton.org/shows/the-wizard-of-oz/.


July 2023

OzCon International, Pomona, California

July 28-30, 2023: OzCon International, Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California. The world's longest continuously running Wizard of Oz convention is back for its first live, weekend-long edition in four years. The theme will be animation and Oz. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/. If you want to see any of the videos presented at the 2020 and 2021 online versions of the convention, you can now watch many of them through the OzConnection YouTube channel, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU5pEFZZ6n_vXvRalgclSg/featured.


August 2023

Wicked, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Opening August, 2023: Wicked, Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It's back! The award-winning musical about the witches of Oz is coming back to Australia. For more information, and to get on the waitlist, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.


September 2023

Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Autumn at Oz Party, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Wizard of Oz Park on the mountain may no longer be in regular operation, but it's still there, and Oz and park fans get together once a year for a party. For more information, including when tickets go on sale, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan

September (exact dates to be announced), 2023: Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan. This Michigan town holds an annual Wizard of Oz festival. For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.


October 2023

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October (exact date to be announced), 2023: Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas. The town not only has an Oz museum, they put on an annual Oz festival. Authors and other special guests will attend, and there's also admission to the museum. For more details, call the Oz museum at 1-866-458-TOTO, or see the event's website at http://oztoberfest.com/.


OzFest, Liberal, Kansas

October (exact date to be announced), 2023: OzFest, Liberal, Kansas. The home town of the Dorothy's House attraction hosts its annual tribute to Dorothy and Oz. For more information, see the city's events page and the city's website (and be sure to call 1-800-LIBERAL to confirm event and dates).


Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio

October (dates to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio. For more information, see the website at https://wizardofozohio.com/, and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wizardofozfestivalohio/.


Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri

October (exact date to be announced), 2023: Wizard of Oz Days, Hannibal, Missouri. For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.


February 2024

Toto movie premiere, North American (at least) theaters

February 2, 2024: Toto movie premiere, theaters throughout North America (and possibly other parts of the world). The new animated movie, based on the book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark, tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from Toto's perspective. Keep watching here for casting and other news.


December 2024

Wicked part 1 movie, cinemas worldwide

December (exact date to be announced), 2024: Wicked movie, Part 1, cinemas worldwide. The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The first half is coming out for the 2024 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including further casting (aside from Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, Ariana Grande as Galinda, and Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero) and an exact date.


December 2025

Wicked part 2 movie, cinemas worldwide

December (exact date to be announced), 2025: Wicked movie, Part 2, cinemas worldwide. The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's novel about the witches of Oz is proving to be too much story for just one movie, so it's been split into two! The second half is coming out for the 2025 holiday season. Keep an eye out for further announcements, including an exact date.


To Be Announced

Midwest Oz Fest, Location To Be Announced

Midwest Oz Fest, Location To Be Announced. The southwest suburbs of Chicago last hosted an Oz festival in 2019. There have yet to be any announcements of future events, but keep an eye on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWizardOfOzFestival/.