It’s mushroom season! Join local fungiphiles at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the return of the (Mini) Fungus Fair in partnership with the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz. Explore a display of dozens of species of local mushrooms while enjoying free family-friendly activities and community resources:
- Free admission to the Museum all day!
- Mushroom ID station with the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz (bring your mushrooms!)
- Fungus forward food from Areperia 831
- Mushroom products from Far West Fungi Santa Cruz
- Local lichens with Ken Kellman of The California Lichen Society
- Christian Schwarz, co-author of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast
- The Lichen Museum with Laurie Palmer (walk leaves at noon, space limited, first come first served)
- Artwork for sale from Andrea Dingeldein of The Local Naturalist, Sage Alucero, and Cat Gunderson
- Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Saturday, December 10, 2022
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tyrrell Park, 1305 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
For nearly 50 years, the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz has welcomed thousands of visitors to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms through the annual Fungus Fair. For the second year in a row, the event will return to its original home at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History where it launched in 1974.
Interested in contributing to our mushroom display?
Mushrooms may be dropped off at the Museum during operational hours the week of the event (Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Enter through the main entrance and leave them with the staff person at the desk. The Museum is located at 1305 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz.
Please follow our guidelines for ethical foraging before you collect any mushrooms.
- Drop-by anytime 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to join the festivities!
- Admission to the Museum is free all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Parking is free throughout the neighborhood and bike parking is available at the corner of Pilkington Ave. and E. Cliff Dr. Biking, walking, or carpooling are all recommended.
- Follow the latest guidelines for covid safety.
- Restrooms and water fountains are available inside the Museum.
- Activities will be on somewhat lumpy grass.