2023 Outdoor and Virtual Fungus Fair

Outdoor Fair


Once more we will not be doing our normal fair at the London Nelson Community Center. Instead we will do a series of local forays with culinary events, Zoom talks, and an iNaturalist project during January 2023, similar to the event we held in 2022. All of these events will be open to FFSC club members and the general public.


Local Forays-Sold out  Xerocomellus atropurpureus


We will offer a series of guided local forays on the weekends of January 7,8 and 14,15. These forays will be led by local mycologists and will have the goal of identifying and learning about our local fungi in their natural habitat. After each foray, our culinary committee volunteers will prepare a tailgate style tasting of incredible mushroom dishes while we discuss the days finds. We will try to keep the group sizes small in order to allow a more personal interaction with our leaders and for covid safety. These will be outdoor events, so be prepared for wet and cold weather and some walking to see our mushroom habitat. Sold Out. The price to attend the walks will be $10 for adults, $5 for full time students and free for children under 12. We are suggesting that participants  make a $5 donation if they will be sharing in the treats prepared by our culinary artists.

Mushroom Lecture Series

Tropical Mushroom Collage photographed by Lauren Re

During the week between the forays, Monday-Friday, January 9-13, we will be offering a series of discussions/talks on Zoom featuring talented mycologists covering a range of topics. This is an opportunity to hear about the exiting work of some great amateur and professional mycologists.The talks will also be live streamed to our Youtube channel for anyone unable to attend the Zoom. Check out these exciting free talks here.




iNaturalist Project

2023 Fungus Fair iNaturalist Mycoblitz


During the forays citizen scientists will be encouraged to document what they see on iNaturalist. Observations will automatically be added to the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair – 2023 Mycoblitz Project on iNaturalist. In addition, the general public are encouraged to record their own fungal observations in the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding area from January 1-15, 2023 for inclusion in the Mycoblitz. Visit the project page for more information.

We hope that this modified format will provide an interesting, educational, fun, and safe event for the whole family, and that next year we can bring back the traditional fair, bigger and better than ever.

View the 2022 Fungus Fair

View the 2020 Fungus Fair

View the 2019 Fungus Fair

View the 2018 Fungus Fair

View the 2017 Fungus Fair