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California Mushroom Festivals & Events

MILL VALLEY: Wild In Marin Fungus Fair January 4, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mill Valley Golf Club House
280 Buena Vista Avenue
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
facebook.com/events/mill-valley-community-center/
Booths showcase all things fungi from mushroom kits, cookbooks, forage guides, textiles, apparel, tasty treats, and more! Learn about what mushrooms you can forage in the Bay Area, how to prepare, store, and cook with them.  

 SAN FRANCISCO: The Fungus Among Us Nightlife, Cal Academy of Sciences January 10, 2019, 6-10 p.m.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
$15, calacademy.org/nightlife/fungus-among-us-nightlife
Mushrooms, music and cocktails! Reduced entrance fees and displays and talks by various fungally focused groups in the Bay Area. BAMS (Bay Area Mycologoical Society) has several display tables.

SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Fungus Fair January 11-13, 2019.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fungus Fair features a re-created exhibit of wild mushrooms found in the wild, cooking demonstrations, mushroom experts, food vendors, and more; the event is presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Museum. Address: Louden Nelson Community Center 301 Center St.; Santa Cruz, CA ffsc.us/fair

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE: Fungus Fair  January 12-13, 2019 Canceled due to Gov't. shutdown
The Fourteenth Annual Point Reyes National Seashore
Fungus Fair
Sunday, January 13, 2019 10 am to 4 pm
Fungi Collecting on Saturday, January 12, 2019
Bear Valley Visitor Center
.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_fungusfair.htm
Parking
To help reduce traffic congestion in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel, trailhead/picnic area parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead. Parking is free. Download the Bear Valley Area Map (427 KB PDF), which shows the location of the trailhead parking lot relative to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Ever wonder about all those mushrooms you've seen in the grasslands and forests at Point Reyes National Seashore? The Fungus Fair is a perfect opportunity to see them up close and learn more about them. Since 2005, fungi have been gathered by volunteers who collect, identify, and catalog mushrooms for an ongoing study at the Point Reyes National Seashore. Wild mushrooms collected at the park will be on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Visitors are invited to attend free lectures presented by area mycologists and to view hands-on informational displays about mushroom ecology, Death Cap Amanitas, edible and toxic species, and view fungi under a microscope. Local mycologists will be on hand to talk about fungi and their role in the environment.

BIG SUR: Big Sur Foragers Festival  January 17-20, 2019
$35-180
Big Sur, CA
The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region's amazing selection of wine and beer.  Events  take place rain or shine. The Fungus Face Off will be tented with heaters if it rains.
Foragers Festival Fungus Face Off to be Held at Big Sur River Inn Saturday, January 19th, 2019
The event has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center.  
A Thursday Night Fundraiser at Lugano's Swiss Bistro.
Friday night winemaker's dinners as locations around Monterey County include Il Grillo in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 The Fungus Face-Off will be held at Big Sur River Inn on The event will have food tastings, wines, beers, raffles, silent auction and more! This popular event sells out early.
Saturday Foraging walk led by local experts. Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk led by Steve Copeland of Big Sur Guides and his team of expert mushroom foragers. Saturday Foraging walk led by local experts. Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk led by Steve Copeland of Big Sur Guides and his team of expert mushroom foragers.
Sunday brunch fundraisers around Monterey County.
Ventana Campground BBQ Sunday, January 20, 2018, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. $35 per person. The event will include barrel of Calicraft Kolsch on ice and ready to pour for the attendees.  

NAPA: Napa Truffle Festival  January 18-21, 2019
Marketplace on Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. is free admission.
Oxbow Market
644 First Street
Napa, California 94559
napatrufflefestival.com for tickets to events

LIVERMORE: Sycamore Grove Mushroom Madness January 20, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park
5035 Arroyo Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550
Debbie Viess (510) 430-9353.
Join Ranger Amy Wolitzer and BAMS' Debbie Viess for the annual mushroom hunt at 1 p.m.  We always find lots of interesting mushrooms at Sycamore Grove. After the hunt, we'll regroup at the picnic area to view and discuss the finds of the day. Meet at the ranger office located up the road that goes to the Veterans Hospital.

LOS ALAMOS: Mushroom Fest January 25-27, 2019
losalamosgeneralstore.com/mushroom-fest/
a Friday through a Sunday, are the dates to watch, but you'll want to decide all that you'd like to do while calling upon the historic burg. A Mushroom Feast at PICO, with Chef Drew Terp at the helm, gets the party sizzling on Jan. 25, (it's a three-course, with wine pairngs
Bob Cummings will call upon Bedford Winery Tasting Room (bedfordwinery.com) on Jan. 26 to help mush mavens grow their own fungus fandom. There's a...
WINE AND MUSHROOM TASTING, too, at the winery, with area mushrooms starring alongside mushrooms from Oregon (Black Trumpets and Candy Caps will be two featured fungi). Adding to the appetizing nature of the day? Patés and wood-fired flatbreads will complement and heighten the mushroom-y flavors. This year the entire town of Los Alamos is participating! Our Mushroom Celebration is slated for Saturday afternoon, January 26th. This is one of our most popular events and a don't miss for mushroom lovers. Stephan Bedford heads the culinary team. Wine Authority Bob Cummings will be on hand to answer all your  shroom questions. Sunday forage for mushrooms at a nearby ranch. 

BERKELEY: East Bay Regional Park Tilden Fungal Fair February 3, 2019, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Tilden Park Nature Area
600 Canyon Drive
Berkeley, CA
ebparks.org/parks/tilden/
No registration required. Drop-in Program only.
For information, call (510) 544-2233
Celebrate the fruits of winter! View hundreds of local mushroom specimens, mingle with the mycological community, and enjoy presentations by guest speakers at this day-long special event. All ages welcome, no registration required.

FREMONT: East Bay Regional Park Event A Fungus Among Us February 9, 2019 and February 23, 2019, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
 Ardenwood Historical Farm
East Bay Regional Park
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.
Fremont, CA
From truffles and yeast to ringworm and toadstools, fungus is all around us. Explore the farm looking for examples of these life forms and learn more about their importance in our world.

LOS ANGELES: LA Mycological Society Wild Mushroom Fair February 10, 2019, 10am-4:30pm
LA Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA
arboretum.org | lamushrooms.org
Mushroom Walk, Cooking Demos, Children's Booths, Displays, Wild Mushroom Display
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Ayres Hall and the Palm Room
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Britt Bunyard, editor of Fungi Magazine
Program: Edible, Dangerous, and Notable Wild Mushrooms of California

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Mycological Society Fungus Fair February 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The SDMS Fungus Fair
Balboa Park
Casa Del Prado, Room 101 from
sdmyco.org/fungus-fair/
Guest Presenters speakers presenting at the San Diego Mycological Society's 22nd Annual Mushroom Fair, Vendors selling mushroom themed items such as jewelry, glass art, paintings, mushroom dyed yarn, mushroom jerky, and mushroom growing kits as well as prepared food by Girard's Gourmet, edible mushrooms from Mountain Meadow Mushrooms and mushroom health products by OMMushrooms (formerly Mushroom Matrix) and another vendor selling chaga health products.

MORGAN HILL: Mushroom Mardi Gras May 25-26, 2019   Downtown Morgan Hill
Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission, mhmmg.org
Always held on Memorial Weekend

McCLOUD: Held every Memorial Day weekend, the McCloud, CA Mushroom Festival May 25-26, 2019
mccloudchamber.com
is an exciting 3-day celebration filled with mushroom vendors, wine tastings, live entertainment, and more. The best part? All of the festivities are just a short 30-minute drive from the Railroad Park Resort! Head to Main Street in Downtown McCloud for all of the mushrooms that you can eat and a plethora of exciting activities. Here are just a few things to look forward to at the mushroom festival in northern California!

ARCATA:  Humboldt Bay Mycological Society Mushroom Fair November 23, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
hbmycologicalsociety.org/
The HBMS Mushroom Fair has been held annually since 1978. It is held from 11 am 4 pm on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This year the fair will be held at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Martin Luther King Parkway in Arcata.
Admission $5, $1 age 12-16 years, Free under 12 years
Between 300-500 species of fungi collected locally, identified and displayed in taxonomic groups on natural habitat materials.
Displays of edible and toxic mushrooms presided over by experts on these fungi.
Educational posters on fungi and ecology, fungal biology, odors, and many other topics.
Educational Activity Guides for children of varying ages to help them learn about fungi.
Mushroom growing kits for sale.
T shirts with annual designs
Sales of mushroom field guides, cookbooks and more.
Mushroom identification for the public bring your mushrooms!

BAY AREA: Mycological Society of San Francisco Fungus Fair in December 8, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
mssf.org/fungus-fairs/index.html

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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