Wasteland Weekend was a few weeks ago in the desert in Southern California. This full immersion event combines camping, costuming, tricked out cars and a whole lot of post-apocalyptic enthusiasts. Having grown from a few people gathering for a Mad Max meet-up in the desert, this event has evolved into an awesome weekend packed full of once in a life time moments.
You could tell Wasteland was going to be larger than in the past with the release of Fury Road and Fallout 4 . This was my 3rd year at Wasteland Weekend, and I look forward to it every year. One of the main reasons I love attending is the people I camp with and the atmosphere that we create. There are all kinds of people who attend Wasteland, but it’s their love and passion for the Post-Apocalypse is what brings them all together.
There is so much to do at Wasteland and I always feel like I miss something. From exploring the City, adventuring around the Wastes and seeing all the different tribe camps, the full immersion of the post-apocalypse is there. The Elite Guard and War Boys patrol the walls of the City as you walk under the sign and it opens up into a scene right out of a Mad Max movie. The main stage is off in the distance as you see the full hustle and bustle of the event.
Taking a stroll down main street leads you past the Last Chance Casino, Mushroom Cloud Lounge, and Atomic Cafe. Around the corner is the marketplace, where people bring all sorts of goods to sell and trade. Keeping on the walk, the Post Office and Radio Station are working to send messages across the wastes. All of these are run by the people who attend Wasteland, which makes it all the better. Everyone wants to have a good time and works to create this amazing experience.
Along with the City, there are all kinds of scheduled events to see. During the day, you can watch Jugger matches, a fashion show, and the Car Parade. Once the lights go down, bands are playing on the main stage, the casino is lively, the Thunderdome and Wasteland Gladiators fight in their arenas and there is even a theater playing old movies. While all of these exciting activities are going on, there is nothing wrong with just hanging back at camp with your tribe and enjoying the open night sky and sounds of the Wasteland.
This is one of my favorite events of the year, offering unique and fantastic experiences for those who are willing to find them. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who work year round to create this unique and amazing event. It’s no wonder why Wasteland Weekend has become a destination location for those who are looking to escape the mundane and experience life after the apocalypse.
Feature Image Source: Ross Thompson