Fungus Fair 2013 - General Information

General Information

Hours: Friday 3:00 to 7:00 pm; Saturday/Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
General Information: (831) 684-2275
Information for the media and the offical press release can be found in the press and media center.

Friday admission is $5. Saturday and Sunday admission is $10. 
Students and Seniors (60+) admission is $5. Kids under 12 Free.

The Santa Cruz Fungus Fair offers a range of features and programs of interest to all, including:

Fungi Experts:

  • Britt Bunyard, Publisher of Fungi Magazine, Mycorrhizotopia: fungi are the puppet masters of the universe
  • Christopher Hobbs, Medicinal Mushrooms
  • David Arora, Author and Fungi Expert: The Wheel of Fungi
  • Christian Schwarz, Kicking and Screaming: Dragging Mycology into the 21st Century with the Help of Citizen Scientists (aka YOU); Tales from the Cryptogams - Twelve Alternative Lifestyles from the Kingdom Fungi. Beware! Sex, Death and Insanity lie ahead
  • Henry Young, Mushroom Toxicology
  • David Rust, Introduction to Wild and Edible Mushrooms
  • Debbie Viess, Zen and the Art of Mushroom Hunting; Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of California
  • Phil Carpenter, Introduction to Mushroom Identification
  • Mark Gillespie, Introduction to Mushroom Identification

Culinary Experts:

  • Chef Bob Wynn pairing wine Winemaker Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
  • Executive Chef Cal Stamenov of Marinus, Bernardus Lodge, Carmel
  • Executive Chef Maurice Dissels of Birks Restaurant, San Jose pairing wine with Assistant Winemaker, Meredith Miles of Fenestra Winery
  • Chef Damani Thomas Dinner


FFSC mushroom experts will be available throughout the fair to identify the mushrooms you’ve found.

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

We will be conducting a class specifically designed for students to be held from 10:30-11:30 both Saturday and Sunday mornings in the Teen Center at Louden Nelson. Follow this link to learn on the "2013 Fungus Fair Educational Information" tab.

Visit the Kid's Room for mushroom activities such as clay sculpture, water colors, face painting, and making mushroom dyed fabric.

A special room full of hands-on activities for kids, including a fungus exploration area, clay mushroom building, face paints, mushroom-dyed silk, wonderful mushroom art and more!

After Hours Mushroom Dinner

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!”

Special Offer!!!

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 checkout with this offer.

Louden Nelson Community Center Directions

Map and directions to the Louden Nelson Community Center. You can also click on this link:

From Hwy 17 and Hwy 1 North interchange: Proceed North on Hwy 1. Cross Mission Street. Stay in center lane and merge straight onto Chestnut Street. Go downhill and turn left on Laurel. Louden Nelson Community Center is on the left at the corner of Laurel and Center Streets (301 Center Street).

Park on city streets. Additional parking is available on Center Street near the police station.