The post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max is celebrated in the Wasteland Weekend. Established in 2010, the Wasteland Weekend recreates the crazy world envisioned in the Mel Gibson classic, Road Warrior and Mad Max as well as other sources, including video games like Fallout. Set in the middle of the Mojave Desert in California, just outside of California City, the weekend is held every September.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which is described as Mad Max meeting Burning Man. The only requirement is that you come dressed as a desolation denizen. The four-day event is attended by nearly 3,000 fans. Participants go all out with their costumes and their set pieces. Past events have featured replica cars from vehicles used in the Mad Max movies, vendors, fire dancer, contests, and even a gyrocopter flyover.
Karol Bartoszyncski and club promoter Jim Howard first held the event in October, 2010, in the Soggy Dry Lake of Johnson Valley, California. The idea drew inspiration from other Mad Max, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic events, such as “Roadwar USA.” Wastland Weekend was even featured in the second season of Boulet Brother’s Dragula.
If “Oh what a day, what a lovely day!” is your mantra, then Wasteland Weekend is right up your post-apocalyptic alley.