Wasteland Weekend: The World’s Craziest Post-Apocalyptic Festival Takes Place September 2023

Wasteland Weekend

Wasteland Weekend takes place annually in a desolate corner of the Mojave Desert, California. As the festival unfolds from the 27th of September to the 1st of October 2023, it will draw participants into a world of music, chaos and survival.

Wasteland Weekend is a four-day festival that has become a mecca for post-apocalyptic fans, offering an immersive experience like no other, in the remote Mojave Desert, California.

Plunge into the Wasteland Weekend

Wasteland Weekend plunges revelers into a fictional wasteland while creating a true dystopian nightmare. The central theme revolves around a post-nuclear apocalypse, and attendees are encouraged to embrace this world fully through elaborate costumes and roleplaying.

According to the co-founders “Wasteland Weekend is a world pulled straight out of the Mad Max movies and other post-apocalyptic films and games, beyond the grip of so-called civilization.”

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The barren desert & the Thunderdome

The barren desert landscape serves as an authentic backdrop, making it a perfect setting for the gritty atmosphere that the festival creates. Campsites sprawl across the sandy terrain as participants are required to survive with their own supplies, food, and water, reflecting the survivalist lifestyle of a harsh wasteland.

The festival offers a diverse range of events and attractions including burlesque, live DJs and bands from around the world, art installations, vehicle combat demonstrations and vehicle parades showcasing some of the most impressive and creatively customized post-apocalyptic vehicles.

Of course let’s not forget the Thunderdome where “fight to the death” matches take place in the dead of the night.

Engage in the roleplaying of Wasteland Weekend

Credits: Preston Yarger

One of the unique aspects of Wasteland Weekend is the emphasis on roleplaying and storytelling. Festival-goers actively engage in their character personas and join or create factions that add depth to the experience.

To maintain the authenticity of the post-apocalyptic experience, modern technology and clothing are discouraged within the festival grounds. As the festival evolves each year, it continues to attract people from all walks of life, united by their passion for post-apocalyptic narratives.

Escape reality

For those seeking an escape from reality into a world of chaos and survival, Wasteland Weekend offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Mojave Desert, where apocalyptic dreams come alive.

Images Courtesy: Wasteland X Preston Yarger

Written by Ian Hinksman

Ian Hinksman is the co-founder of Underground Sound, an out-of-the-box writer, content creator and entrepreneur with a decade of experience in the music and events industries.

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