Wasteland Weekend is the world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival. It is an annual 5-day event that runs from Wednesday through Sunday on the last weekend of September (Sep 28 – Oct 2, 2022).
Founded in 2010, it is an adults-only outdoor camping festival that takes place in California’s Mojave desert, about 2 hours from Los Angeles.
Wasteland Weekend is hands-down the best place to come to see the finest post-apocalyptic costumes, props, vehicles & camps, most of which are brought out by the event’s enthusiastic attendees.
It is also the most immersive post-apocalyptic festival, with about 30 acres of designated theme zone & a strictly-enforced costumes-required policy.
Tickets are back to a tiered system, starting at $290 and going up to $395 if you buy at the last minute, There are many volunteer opportunities to earn you a ticket. The population is typically capped at approximately 4000.
What is There to Do?
There’s always plenty to do. The main stage hosts an array of rock bands, fire performers & dancers every night, as well as the official costume & vehicles contests.
There are combat & bloodsport performances, as well as opportunities to fight your friend in the Thunderdome.
You can shop for post-apocalyptic wares in the marketplace, or participate in the myriad of camp-hosted activities, casinos & nightclubs.
If a night of wandering & drinking at Wasteland Weekend’s many sanctioned watering holes is not your cup of tea, there is always the air-conditioned Wasteland movie theater.
What is Provided?
Wasteland Weekend provides portable toilets & sinks, as well as security & medical teams available 24 hours a day. Food & non-alcoholic drinks are available from a couple of vendors.
Since the event takes place on land owned by the event, vehicle routes are maintained & marked with street signs.