Fungus Fair 2015 - General Information


   Friday, January 9: 3pm - 7pm
   After-hours event 6pm - 9pm (click for details)

   Saturday, January 10: 10am - 5pm

   Sunday, January 11: 10am - 5pm


   Louden Nelson Community Center
   Map & Directions


Friday admission - $5

Fungus Fair 2015 - official T-shirt

Saturday / Sunday admission - $10

Students & Seniors (60+) - $5

Kids under 12 - free

Come to Santa Cruz and explore the Kingdom of Fungi! Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of mushrooms found in the Santa Cruz/Monterey and Bay Area. Find fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat. This unique Santa Cruz tradition features three days of fantastic fun, informative speakers and demonstrations, with fungal activities for the whole family. Initiated by David Arora in 1973, this year's fair represents 41 years of keeping the "fun" in fungi. Join the fun!

The FFSC actively promotes the study of mushrooms, and is dedicated to encouraging an avid interest in the fungal kingdom. We hunt mushrooms for scientific interest and for the table. We encourage a sense of wonder with regard to one of the least understood segments of our global environment. We are fungiphiles, and you just might be one, too...


FFSC mushroom experts will be available throughout the fair to identify the mushrooms you’ve found. Bring yours, ideally stored in a paper bag rather than plastic. Paper allows fungi to "breathe" and keeps them fresher!

Nationally and locally renowned speakers will present talks on a wide variety of topics, including cooking demonstrations with wine pairings, in the Main Lecture Room (Room 3) and the Mushrooms 101 Room (Room 1). See Program Schedules for details.

The habitat display area will present hundreds of mushroom species commonly found in the Santa Cruz/San Francisco/Monterey Bay area.

Visit the Kid's Room for mushroom activities such as clay sculpture, water colors, face painting, mushroom art and making mushroom dyed fabric. Peruse the fungus exploration area and look at spores through a microscope.

Throughout the three day event, Fungus Fair attendees be able to learn more about local mushrooms, view remarkable mushroom arts and crafts, taste unusual and exceptionally good fungal fare, and be a part of the FFSC’s overriding mission – “We Keep the Fun in Fungi!”


Want to spread the word? Press release and images for media can be found at

If you have more questions about the fair, please contact Marjorie Young by email.  If you want to volunteer at the fair, visit the fair volunteers page.


The Mission Inn, 2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, has graciously offered a discount for fair attendees and vendors. Contact the Mission Inn at 800-895-5455 and let them know you are attending the Fungus Fair when you make reservations. Ask about convenient late-evening (8pm) checkout with this offer.