A group of three friends attending the festival.

A group of three friends attending the festival.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Three friends exploring the festival together.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

Pin-up model BabyDoll Smith and friend.

BabyDoll Smith

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two festivalgoers who danced along to Shakti’s performance.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

Two women making friends during the lively happening.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A woman dressed up as a bunny fairy randomly ran into a high school friend at the fair.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

A speaker from the Temple of Thelema posing with a cardboard cutout of Aleister Crowley.

Temple of Thelema

A festival attendee.

A festival attendee.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Alex from the Network for the Realization of the Goddess with her husband.

Network for the Realization of the Goddess

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, after her performance at the festival.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

A woman receiving a tarot reading from reader, Charlotte Lee.

Opening the Ways

A card reader taking a break.

A card reader taking a break.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A representative of the Grailwood Coven.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

A variety of herbs from Highwinds Farm.

High Winds Farm

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

Necklaces and crystal balls drew in a lot of shoppers.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A woman receives a reading at one of the festival’s many booths.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A handcrafted Ouija board. Asking price: $150.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

A booth focused on educating one on the benefits of herbs.

On Saturday, Astor Place became home to the second annual Witchsfest USA, a free Pagan street fair hosted by the NYC Wiccan Family Temple that aimed to raise funds to build a temple for the city’s Wiccan community.

The celebration, inspired by London’s Witchfest International, was pretty small — just a few tents set up on one block. I actually found myself asking someone, “Where’s Witchsfest located in relation to Kmart?” But attractions such as an astrology workshop, belly dancing class, and countless tarot readers managed to draw a small coven of people.

The average attendee was in his or her early twenties, and wore either all black or followed the encouraged Summer Solstice theme and dressed as a fairy. Some passersby joined in and danced along to the tunes of self-proclaimed Indian Pop Diva, Shakti, who performed at the fair.

Vendors sold mystical merchandise like crystal balls and herbs, while the other booths were occupied with covens happily promoting their practices through free literature, psychic readings, or group lectures. The only things missing from the event were black cats and our favorite East Village Witch store, Enchantments.

Browse through our slideshow to see some of the spell-worthy action for yourself.