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Wasteland Weekend 2023 Schedule: See Events & Maps Here

Wasteland Weekend

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2023’s Wasteland Weekend has come! It starts on September 27 and is expected to go until Sunday, October 1. Complete post-apocalyptic immersion is a characteristic of this annual event. Or, to put it another way, if you want to know what it’s like to live in a post-apocalyptic society, this is it—and, happily, it has nothing in common with remaining inside during a pandemic. You can get a better picture of what will happen over the following few days by looking at the schedule (and the associated maps).

Wasteland Weekend Entertainment Schedule

If you are attending Wasteland Weekend and need to know the schedule or if you are just curious about what other people do to pass the time during Wasteland Weekend, we have all the information you require. Although by no means comprehensive, this list should give you a good idea of what’s going on in the entertainment industry. Wasteland Weekend also created a new document this year that can be updated live, rather than its usual PDF counterpart. Check out the daily events here. Please keep in mind that all given times are in the local time of the California location where the event is taking place.

Wasteland Weekend - Photo by Thomas Kerns
Wasteland Weekend – Photo by Thomas Kerns

Wednesday, September 27:

10:00 – 11:00 – Making Shade With Shady Traders! Learn how to turn burlap coffee bean sacks into shade canopies, walls, tent camouflage, car covers and other useful items. This is a make-and-take workshop. Shady Traders will provide all necessary materials including as many burlap coffee bean sacks as you want.

11:00 to 12:30 – Feral Child Kindergarten. First Time Wastelanders! (Or maybe second years who want some extra info?) Please join us to learn the essentials of surviving and THRIVING in the Wastes. You will learn the philosophy of barter, take at LEAST one Field Trip, make yourself a prioritized schedule, and be able to ask any questions of Wasteland Veterans. (You may attend Wednesday AND Thursday, there will be different field trips and guests each day) 

1:00 p.m. – Ceremonial Opening of the Wasteland Gates

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Keeping Clean While You’re Getting Dirty. Welcome to soap-making. First rule of soap-making: you do not talk about soap making. Second rule of soapmaking: you do not talk about soap-making. Third rule of soapmaking: batter comes to trace, you start pouring. Fourth rule of soapmaking: …

4:00 p.m. LORE EVENT: Execution of Captain Finn. “By order of Rabid Asylum, for your entertainment! Come see Captain Finn of the Petro Pirates executed for the treachery of his allies. One chance only to see this and then he’ll be gone for good! Meet outside the gates to Wasteland City. (Or alternatively, enlist with Captain Digits of Skofield’s Drifters INSIDE the gates to try to save Finn!) NOTE: This is a LORE EVENT. There will be consentual theatrics and role-play. Everyone is welcome!”

6:00 p.m. Official Event Volunteers’ Recognigtion. 5 and 10 year volunteers are awarded their patches!

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Greatest Variety Show of All Time featuring The Stiffest Pole in the Wastes! If you’re interested in performing please come check in by 7:30 PM. If you require music, expect to require time with the DJ choosing. Remember we can’t always locate a .mp3 of every song so please plan to be flexible. Performers: if you have any questions before the event contact The Goat Show Lounge or Sarah Tanner via Facebook Messenger, please DM me. See you all soon!

Wasteland Weekend - Photo by Thomas Kerns
Wasteland Weekend – Photo by Thomas Kerns

Thursday, September 28:

9:00 – 12:00 Archery Range Open

10:00 – 11:00 – Costume Design and Distressing. A demonstration of beginner and intermediate techniques in costume design and distressing. 

10:00 – 1:00 – Wasteland Day Spa. Come by for some pampering and self-care during spa hours. Cleanse, rinse, tone, moisturize, and mask that beautiful face of yours, get a refreshing peppermint foot spray, and sunscreen up before we send you out the door for more adventures. *while supplies last

12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Wasteland Barbie Workshop. Didn’t get enough of Barbie? Looking for a happening spot in the shade? Unleash your creativity at the Wasteland Barbie workshop! Make your own unforgettable companion of the Wastes (and a candleholder besides). Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-2 pm at the Pochteca Trading Post. All materials are provided.

2:00 p.m. – RC Car Death Race Qualifier. 

6:30 p.m. – Jugger Match

Wasteland Weekend - DK-Zero Photo by Thomas Kerns
Wasteland Weekend – DK-Zero Photo by Thomas Kerns

Friday, September 29: 

9:00 – 10:00 Yoga with Ruslana

Noon – Distressing 102: Beyond Rolling on the Ground. High priest Overkill will guide you through a series of tools, materials and tips for garment distressing to take your kit to the next level. Feel free to bring your own pieces to work on, or practice on some of the sample fabrics provided. Topics will include; aging, fraying, tattering, burning, mud, dust, grease, oil and blood. 

Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Settlers of Catan Tournament. The final round of the Catan Tournament, everyone who gets this far wins something.

Noon – 5:00 p.m. – PTA Trading Post. The PTA’s trading post buys and sells in Pochteca “poochie” caps, stocking all your post-apocalyptic necessities.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Car Show and Judging. 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Viking Braid Techniques. Learn the basics of how to do Viking Braids in someone’s hair! No formal schedule of the class, drop in as you can and bring your own model.

Wasteland Weekend - Photo by Coy Townson
Wasteland Weekend – Photo by Coy Townson

Saturday, September 30:

10:00 – Can Tab Crafting Workshop. Ever wondered how folks make that chainmail out of soda tabs? Well Dumpster Dive would like to teach you! We will have small starter kits for attendees to learn the skill.

Noon – Post-Apocalyptic Swimsuit Contest.

Noon – 4:00 p.m. – Open Board Game Hours at the Okay Cafe! Come any time from 12-4 for board games and iced tea and coffee! Including our Wasteland themed game of Guess Who

2:00 p.m. – RC Car Death Race (Finals!)

2:30 p.m. -King Baby Crowning Ceremony. Want to prove you enjoy Wasteland more than anyone else? Want to prove you can put ego aside and be silly for a chance to be crowned King Baby where you get to keep a wasteland crown and the bragging rights for years to come? King Baby Crowning is the end of the quest where three competitors will face off in silly games in order to earn the right to be crowned King Baby

5:30 p.m. – Group Photo.

6:30 p.m. – Costume Contest

Sunday, October 1:

9:30 – 11:30 – Sunday Sermon on the Glory of the Atom with Brother Justify.

Cost of Tickets and Location.

Although tickets have sold out this year, the price has remained the same as last year. Price ranged from $290 to$395.  The location has also been the same since 2017. For more details, including important travel instructions, check out the event’s maps.

Wasteland Weekend Directions Map
Wasteland Weekend Directions Map

Are you going to Wasteland Weekend? have you been in the past? Let us know! We’d love to hear your feedback.

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    Valerie Anne is a Type 1 diabetic, mother, tree-hugger, self-proclaimed granola who loves a good horror story through literature, video games, and movies. She also streams art over at

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