Wasteland Weekend

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Wasteland Weekend
Wasteland Main Gate.jpg
Wastland Weekend Main Gate
BeginsSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)[1]
EndsSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)
Location(s)California City, California, United States
Years active8
InauguratedOctober 22, 2010 (2010-10-22)[2]
FounderKarol Bartoszynski[2]
Attendance4,000 (2018)[3]
Organised byJared Butler[1]
Wastelanders posing in a Lincoln convertible
Jugger Match

Wasteland Weekend is an annual festival held in California City, California. The event is listed as a full immersion event, with all participants required to adhere to the set theme. First held in 2010, it has since been held annually in September. In 2019, Wasteland Weekend will be held between September 25th and September 29th.


Wasteland Weekend has been held annually since 2010. It has grown from approximately 700 attendees in 2010 to approximately 4,000 in 2018.[3][4][5]

Drawing on Mad Max-themed events in other countries, as well as previous events known as "Roadwar USA", the first event was held in October at Soggy Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California. It was organized by founder Karol Bartoszynski and club promoter Jim Howard. The event featured exhibitions of movie replica cars and bikes, a gyrocopter flyover, vendors, fire dancers, and contests.[2]

In 2017, the event expanded from four to five days, beginning on the last Wednesday of September.[1] Wasteland Weekend 2017 was featured in the second season of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula, in which the four remaining competitors had to take part in a photoshoot in a nearby desert and perform as a group at Wasteland Weekend.[6][7]


The theme of Wasteland Weekend draws heavily from apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, especially the Mad Max franchise, and requires all attendees to wear appropriately themed clothing. In the early years Wasteland Weekend was sub titled "Mad Max fun in the California sun". Other influences include the Fallout series of video games.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Wasteland Weekend Website". Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Wasteland Weekend". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "WASTELAND WEEKEND - Revolver". Revolver. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Mad Max, the festival". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Mad Max Fans Hit the Desert for Apocalyptic Weekend". Wired. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ @WastelandHQ (14 December 2017). "The latest episode of the Boulet Bros' show Dragula (season 2) was filmed at Wasteland 2017. (Part 1 of a..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ @WastelandHQ (5 January 2018). "In case you missed it, here is the second half of the Boulet Bros' Dragula episode filmed at Wasteland Weekend..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Wasteland Weekend Theme & Costume Guidelines".
  9. ^ http://nerdist.com/witness-the-very-best-wasteland-weekend-2015-photos/

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