Wastland Weekend Main Gate
|Begins||September 26, 2018|
|Ends||September 30, 2018|
|Location(s)||California City, California, United States|
|Inaugurated||October 22, 2010|
|Organised by||Jared Butler|
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 2018, Wasteland Weekend will be held between September 26th and September 30th.
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.
In 2017, the event expanded from four to five days, beginning on the last Wednesday of September. 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.
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.
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