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Other Oz events can also be found on [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wizard-of-Oz-calendar-of-events/134800309920409?sk=wall the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook].
Other Oz events can also be found on [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wizard-of-Oz-calendar-of-events/134800309920409?sk=wall the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook].
Please note that, since I live in the United States and most Oz events take place in the United States, I will identify most event locations by city and state only. Any events taking place in other countries will include the name of the country as well.


==Going on now==
==Going on now==
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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 August 28, 2022: [https://hennepintheatretrust.org/events/wicked-broadway-tickets-minneapolis-mn-2022/ Orpheum Theatre], Minneapolis, Minnesota
** November 29-December 17, 2023: [https://neworleans.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Saenger Theatre], New Orleans, Louisiana
** August 31-September 11, 2022: [https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1023842?mc_cid=4056612e9f&mc_eid=UNIQID Altria Theater], Richmond, Virginia
** December 20, 2023-January 7, 2024: [https://sanantonio.broadway.com/shows/wicked/ The Majestic Theatre], San Antonio, Texas
** September 14-25, 2022: [https://broadwayinnorfolk.com/wicked/ Chrysler Hall], Norfolk, Virginia
** January 10-21, 2024:[https://www.tennesseetheatre.com/event/63557262/wicked/ Tennessee Theatre], Knoxville, Tennessee
** September 28-December 4, 2022: [https://www.broadwayinchicago.com/show/wicked-2022/ James M. Nederlander Theatre], Chicago, Illinois
** January 24-February 18, 2024: [https://www.broadwayindetroit.com/shows/wicked Opera House], Detroit, Michigan
** 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
** February 21-March 10, 2024: [https://www.okcbroadway.com/wicked Civic Center Music Hall], Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
** January 25-February 12, 2023: [https://orlando.broadway.com/ Dr. Phillips Center], Orlando, Florida
** March 13-31, 2024: [https://austin.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Bass Concert Hall], Austin, Texas
** February 15-March 5, 2023: [https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Subscriptions/Broadway/Broadway-in-Miami-2021-2022/ Adrienne Arsht Center], Miami, Florida
** April 3-21, 2023: [https://orpheum-memphis.com/event/wicked Orpheum Theatre], Memphis, Tennessee
** March 8-26, 2023: [https://www.strazcenter.org/Events/Straz/Shows/2223_BroadwayEncore/WICKED The Straz Center], Tampa, Florida
** April 24-May 12, 2023: [https://bushnell.org/shows-concerts/wicked The Bushnell], Hartford, Connecticut
** March 29-April 9, 2023: [https://www.kravis.org/events/wicked/ Kravis Center], West Palm Beach, Florida
** May 15-June 2, 2024: [https://broadwaygrandrapids.com/Wicked-2 DeVos Performance Hall], Grand Rapids, Michigan
** April 12-May 7, 2023: [https://www.fabulousfox.com/events/detail/wicked The Fabulous Fox Theatre], St. Louis, Missouri
** July 24-August 25, 2024: [https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/wicked/ Buelle Theatre], Denver, Colorado
** 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
* A new Australian production is now playing in Sydney through February 4, 2024, before moving on to Melbourne starting March 6, 2024. For more information and to book tickets, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.
** July 5-30, 2023: [https://atlanta.broadway.com/shows/wicked-2/ Fox Theatre], Atlanta, Georgia
 
** August 2-20, 2023: [https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/23-broadway-10 Peace Center], Greenville, South Carolina
* A new Japanese production is expected to debut in October 2023, produced by the Shiki Theatre Company. Keep an eye out for more information at https://www.shiki.jp/ (site is in Japanese, but click on "Language" for other options, including English).
 
* A new, non-replicated production is now playing in Göteborg, Sweden. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.opera.se/forestallningar/sasong-2023-2024/wicked/.
 
* The latest UK/Ireland tour is also gearing up, with details at https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/tour/. Current stops scheduled:
** December 7, 2023-January 14, 2024: [https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/wicked/edinburgh-playhouse/ Edinburgh Playhouse], Edinburgh, Scotland
** January 23-February 25, 2024: Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, England
** March 5-April 7, 2024: Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, England
** April 16-May 19, 2024: Bradford Alhambra, Bradford, England
** May 23-June 16, 2024: Southampton Mayflower, Southampton, England
** June 20-July 14, 2024: Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, England
** July 23-September 15, 2024: Dublin Bold Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
** September 24-October 20, 2024: Sunderland Empire, Sunderland, England
** October 24-November 23, 2024: Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales
** December 3, 2024-January 12, 2025: Manchester Palace Theatre, Manchester, England


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===''Wicked, Das Musical: Die Magie Zwischen Gut und Böse'', Hamburg, Germany===
===''The Wiz'' play, national tour===
'''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.
'''''The Wiz'' play, national tour.''' This is a new staging of the Tony-winning musical adaptation of ''The Wizard of Oz'', gearing up for a Broadway engagement. The following tour dates have been announced:
 
* November 28-December 10, 2023: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
* December 12-17, 2023: Des Moines Performing Arts Center, Des Moines, Iowa
* January 2-7, 2024: ASU Gammage, Tempe, Arizona
* January 9-14, 2024: Civic Theatre, San Diego, California
* January 16-February 11, 2024: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, California
* February 13-March 3, 2024: Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
* Then, Broadway!
 
For more information, see the show's website at https://wizmusical.com/.


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===''Emerald City'' television series, NBC.com===
===''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.
'''''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, and the show is also streaming on Peacock.


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===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming and Cablecast===
===''Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz'', Internet Streaming and Cablecast===
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'''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.
'''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.


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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! And in November of 2022, [https://www.youtube.com/embed/h4fc1XvdBrk this short was dropped] with news of what's to come.
'''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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===''American Experience: American Oz'' documentary, pbs.org===
===''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:
'''''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/. Or watch it right here: <html><center><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_AHByKu-y34" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen></iframe></center></html>
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania===
===''Rainbow'' movie, Netflix===
'''Now through 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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'''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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===The Wizard of Oz Experience, Around the United States and United Kingdom===
'''The Wizard of Oz Experience.''' The interactive outdoors event will be making making another set of appearances around the United States and the United Kingdom in the spring of 2024. Take a look at https://questoapp.com/ for when it's coming to your town.
 
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===The Wizard of Oz 360°, Dubai, United Arab Emirates===
'''Now through November 30, 2023: The Wizard of Oz 360°, Theatre of Digital Art, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.''' This immersive art experience uses digital art, animation, and screens surrounding the audience to tell the story of ''The Wizard of Oz''. It's presented at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. For more information, see the theatre's website at https://www.toda.ae/.
 
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===''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Newbury, England, United Kingdom===
'''Now through December 31, 2023: ''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, England, United Kingdom.''' A new musical production of the first Oz story. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.watermill.org.uk/oz#home-ttab. And there's a preview of one of the new songs in the article at https://www.whatsonstage.com/news/the-watermill-releases-first-listen-to-new-wizard-of-oz-musical_1548182/.
 
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==November/December 2023==
===''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. Here is the announced schedule:
* December 9, TBS, 12:30 am EST/PST
* December 10, TBS, 12:15 pm EST/PST
* December 11, TNT, 8:00 pm and 10:15 pm EST/PST
* December 16, TBS, 8:00 pm EST/PST
* December 25, TBS, 8:00 and 10:15 pm EST/PST
Check your local provider for exact times and channels on your system. Keep checking back for updates.
 
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===''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 (extremely 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. It gets many showings at Christmas, and occasionally at other times through the year (check your local television provider for exact time and channel on your system). So far the following cablecasts have been announced:
* December 7, 12:00 am
* December 22, 2:00 am
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 Wiz'' holiday cablecasts, BET and Showtime===
'''''The Wiz'' holiday cablecasts, BET.''' The cable channels BET and the Showtime channels have holiday time airings of the 1978 film adaptation of ''The Wiz'', starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Lena Horne as Glinda, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz. Keep checking back for updates.


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==August 2022==
==2024==
===The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York===
===''Dee & Friends in Oz'', Netflix===
'''August 5-7, 2022: The International Wizard of Oz Club National Convention, East Aurora, New York.'''
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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/.
'''2024 (exact date to be announced): ''Dee & Friends in Oz'', Netflix.''' The worldwide streaming service has announced their new shows for 2024, including ''Dee & Friends in Oz'', an animated musical series aimed at preschoolers. Dee is a young girl who discovers a way to the magical land of Oz, where she makes friends and has has adventures where she saves the day. More information to come!


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===''The Lost Princess of Oz'' world premiere ballet, West Long Branch, New Jersey===
==March 2024==
'''August 19-28, 2022: ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' world premiere ballet, The Pollack Theater, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey.''' The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater presents the world premiere of this ballet, adapting the novels ''Ozma of Oz'' and ''The Lost Princess of Oz'' as Dorothy returns to Oz to find that Ozma, the princess of Oz, and with her all of Oz's magic, has disappeared. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.axcbt.org/projects. Tickets can be purchased at https://ci.ovationtix.com/35486/production/1130186. And you can read more about the show at https://www.newjerseystage.com/articles2/2022/07/21/axelrod-contemporary-ballet-theater-presents-world-premiere-of-the-lost-princess-of-oz//.
===Wicked Marathon/Half Marathon/5K race, Wamego, Kansas===
'''March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2024: 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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==September 2022==
==April 2024==
===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
===Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas===
'''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.
'''April (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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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==May and June 2024==
===Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas===
'''May (exact dates to be announced), 2024: 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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===The Oz Run, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin===
'''May (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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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===''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Olympia, Washington===
'''May 11-June 2, 2024: ''The Wizard of Oz'' play, Olympia, Washington.''' The Olympia Family Theater presents the stage adaptation of the first Oz book with a modern take. See the company's website at https://olyft.org/ for more information.
 
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===Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York===
'''May 31-June 2, 2024: 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===
'''June (exact dates to be announced), 2024: 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/.
 
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==July 2024==
===OzCon International, Pomona, California===
 
'''July 19-21, 2024: 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 meeting for its sixtieth edition. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/.
 
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==August 2024==
===Oz Festival Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois===
'''August (exact date to be announced), 2024: Oz Fest Illinois, Butler Haynes Park, Mapleton, Illinois.'''. For more information, see the event's website at https://www.hollispark.org/oz-fest, or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OzFestIllinois/.
 
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==September 2024==
===Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2024: Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan.''' This Michigan town holds an annual ''Wizard of Oz'' festival (which they skipped in 2023). For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.
 
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===Wizard of Oz Weekend, Lowell, Indiana===
'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2024: Wizard of Oz Weekend, Harvest Tyme Family Farm, Lowell, Indiana.''' This annual Oz festival returns to northwestern Indiana. For more details, see the event's website at https://www.harvesttymefun.com/wizard-of-oz.


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===Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan===
===Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina===
'''September 30-October 1, 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/.
'''September (exact dates to be announced), 2024: 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, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


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===''Rainbow'' movie, Netflix===
===CharlOz Interdisciplinary Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina===
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'''September 27-29, 2024: CharlOz Interdisciplinary Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina.''' Central North Carolina is hosting a major interdisciplinary academic conference on all things Oz. Most events will be on the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus, but some events will be in the downtown core as well. For more information, see the event's website at https://charloz.charlotte.edu/.
'''Premieres September 30, 2022: ''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 a young Spanish singer.


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==October 2022==
==October 2024==
===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
===Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas===
'''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/.
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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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===OzFest, Liberal, Kansas===
===OzFest, Liberal, Kansas===
'''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).
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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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===Wizard of Oz Days, Macon, Missouri===
'''October (exact date to be announced), 2024: Wizard of Oz Days, Hannibal, Missouri.''' For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.
 
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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio===
'''October (exact dates to be announced), 2024: ''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/.
 
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==November 2024==
===''Wicked'' part 1 movie, cinemas worldwide===
'''November 27, 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, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, and Ethan Slater as Boq) and an exact date.
 
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==November 2025==
===''Wicked'' part 2 movie, cinemas worldwide===
'''November 26, 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.
 
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==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/.
 
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===''Toto'' movie premiere, North American (at least) theaters===
'''''Toto'' movie premiere, theaters throughout North America (and possibly other parts of the world).''' The 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. It was originally scheduled for a February 2024 release, but it was removed from the schedule with no new date announced yet.


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===''Wizard of Oz'' Festival Ohio, Twinsburg, Ohio===
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'''October 15 and 16, 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/.

Latest revision as of 16:50, 26 November 2023

Other Oz events can also be found on the Wizard of Oz Calendar of Events page on Facebook.

Please note that, since I live in the United States and most Oz events take place in the United States, I will identify most event locations by city and state only. Any events taking place in other countries will include the name of the country as well.

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:

  • A new Australian production is now playing in Sydney through February 4, 2024, before moving on to Melbourne starting March 6, 2024. For more information and to book tickets, go to https://wickedthemusical.com.au/.
  • A new Japanese production is expected to debut in October 2023, produced by the Shiki Theatre Company. Keep an eye out for more information at https://www.shiki.jp/ (site is in Japanese, but click on "Language" for other options, including English).
  • The latest UK/Ireland tour is also gearing up, with details at https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/tour/. Current stops scheduled:
    • December 7, 2023-January 14, 2024: Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • January 23-February 25, 2024: Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, England
    • March 5-April 7, 2024: Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, England
    • April 16-May 19, 2024: Bradford Alhambra, Bradford, England
    • May 23-June 16, 2024: Southampton Mayflower, Southampton, England
    • June 20-July 14, 2024: Liverpool Empire, Liverpool, England
    • July 23-September 15, 2024: Dublin Bold Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
    • September 24-October 20, 2024: Sunderland Empire, Sunderland, England
    • October 24-November 23, 2024: Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales
    • December 3, 2024-January 12, 2025: Manchester Palace Theatre, Manchester, England

The Wiz play, national tour

The Wiz play, national tour. This is a new staging of the Tony-winning musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, gearing up for a Broadway engagement. The following tour dates have been announced:

  • November 28-December 10, 2023: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
  • December 12-17, 2023: Des Moines Performing Arts Center, Des Moines, Iowa
  • January 2-7, 2024: ASU Gammage, Tempe, Arizona
  • January 9-14, 2024: Civic Theatre, San Diego, California
  • January 16-February 11, 2024: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, California
  • February 13-March 3, 2024: Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
  • Then, Broadway!

For more information, see the show's website at https://wizmusical.com/.


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, and the show is also streaming on Peacock.


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/. Or watch it right here:


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.


The Wizard of Oz Experience, Around the United States and United Kingdom

The Wizard of Oz Experience. The interactive outdoors event will be making making another set of appearances around the United States and the United Kingdom in the spring of 2024. Take a look at https://questoapp.com/ for when it's coming to your town.


The Wizard of Oz 360°, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Now through November 30, 2023: The Wizard of Oz 360°, Theatre of Digital Art, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This immersive art experience uses digital art, animation, and screens surrounding the audience to tell the story of The Wizard of Oz. It's presented at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. For more information, see the theatre's website at https://www.toda.ae/.


The Wizard of Oz play, Newbury, England, United Kingdom

Now through December 31, 2023: The Wizard of Oz play, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, England, United Kingdom. A new musical production of the first Oz story. For more information, see the show's website at https://www.watermill.org.uk/oz#home-ttab. And there's a preview of one of the new songs in the article at https://www.whatsonstage.com/news/the-watermill-releases-first-listen-to-new-wizard-of-oz-musical_1548182/.


November/December 2023

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. Here is the announced schedule:

  • December 9, TBS, 12:30 am EST/PST
  • December 10, TBS, 12:15 pm EST/PST
  • December 11, TNT, 8:00 pm and 10:15 pm EST/PST
  • December 16, TBS, 8:00 pm EST/PST
  • December 25, TBS, 8:00 and 10:15 pm EST/PST

Check your local provider for exact times and channels on your system. Keep checking back for updates.


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 (extremely 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. It gets many showings at Christmas, and occasionally at other times through the year (check your local television provider for exact time and channel on your system). So far the following cablecasts have been announced:

  • December 7, 12:00 am
  • December 22, 2:00 am

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 holiday cablecasts, BET and Showtime

The Wiz holiday cablecasts, BET. The cable channels BET and the Showtime channels have holiday time airings of the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Lena Horne as Glinda, and Richard Pryor as the Wiz. Keep checking back for updates.


2024

Dee & Friends in Oz, Netflix

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2024 (exact date to be announced): Dee & Friends in Oz, Netflix. The worldwide streaming service has announced their new shows for 2024, including Dee & Friends in Oz, an animated musical series aimed at preschoolers. Dee is a young girl who discovers a way to the magical land of Oz, where she makes friends and has has adventures where she saves the day. More information to come!


March 2024

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

March (exact date to be announced, we hope), 2024: 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/.


April 2024

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz, Olathe, Kansas

April (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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 and June 2024

Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, Kansas

May (exact dates to be announced), 2024: 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 (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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.


The Wizard of Oz play, Olympia, Washington

May 11-June 2, 2024: The Wizard of Oz play, Olympia, Washington. The Olympia Family Theater presents the stage adaptation of the first Oz book with a modern take. See the company's website at https://olyft.org/ for more information.


Oz-Stravaganza, Chittenango, New York

May 31-June 2, 2024: 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), 2024: 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/.


July 2024

OzCon International, Pomona, California

July 19-21, 2024: 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 meeting for its sixtieth edition. For updates and further details, check out http://www.ozconinternational.com/.


August 2024

Oz Festival Illinois, Mapleton, Illinois

August (exact date to be announced), 2024: Oz Fest Illinois, Butler Haynes Park, Mapleton, Illinois.. For more information, see the event's website at https://www.hollispark.org/oz-fest, or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OzFestIllinois/.


September 2024

Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan

September (exact dates to be announced), 2024: Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival, Ionia, Michigan. This Michigan town holds an annual Wizard of Oz festival (which they skipped in 2023). For details and schedule, see the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganWizardofozfest/.


Wizard of Oz Weekend, Lowell, Indiana

September (exact dates to be announced), 2024: Wizard of Oz Weekend, Harvest Tyme Family Farm, Lowell, Indiana. This annual Oz festival returns to northwestern Indiana. For more details, see the event's website at https://www.harvesttymefun.com/wizard-of-oz.


Autumn at Oz Party, Banner Elk, North Carolina

September (exact dates to be announced), 2024: 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, check out https://www.landofoznc.com/autumnatoz.


CharlOz Interdisciplinary Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina

September 27-29, 2024: CharlOz Interdisciplinary Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina. Central North Carolina is hosting a major interdisciplinary academic conference on all things Oz. Most events will be on the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus, but some events will be in the downtown core as well. For more information, see the event's website at https://charloz.charlotte.edu/.


October 2024

Oztoberfest, Wamego, Kansas

October (exact date to be announced), 2024: 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), 2024: 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 Days, Macon, Missouri

October (exact date to be announced), 2024: Wizard of Oz Days, Hannibal, Missouri. For complete details, see the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WizardofOzDays.


Wizard of Oz Festival Ohio, Aurora, Ohio

October (exact dates to be announced), 2024: 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/.


November 2024

Wicked part 1 movie, cinemas worldwide

November 27, 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, Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, and Ethan Slater as Boq) and an exact date.


November 2025

Wicked part 2 movie, cinemas worldwide

November 26, 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/.


Toto movie premiere, North American (at least) theaters

Toto movie premiere, theaters throughout North America (and possibly other parts of the world). The 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. It was originally scheduled for a February 2024 release, but it was removed from the schedule with no new date announced yet.