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 27 – Oct 1, 2023).

Ticket sales start May 30th, 2023 and tickets will have tiered pricing.

To buy tickets, try going directly to the GrowTix website.

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.

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First-timers can join the official Wasteland Basic Training group. For salty veterans, Wastelander Central is the place to discuss the latest post-apocalyptic news or ideas for the next event.