Mushroom Festivals 2023

Mushroom festivals are a great way to celebrate the diverse and delicious world of fungi. Whether you’re a mushroom enthusiast or just someone looking to explore the culinary and cultural side of mushrooms, attending a mushroom festival is a great way to experience something unique and special.

What to Expect at a Mushroom Festival

Mushroom festivals typically feature a variety of activities, from mushroom foraging and cooking demonstrations to beer and wine tastings, live music, and more. You’ll also find a wide range of vendors selling fresh mushrooms, mushroom-based products, and even handmade mushroom-themed crafts.

How to Prepare for a Mushroom Festival

If you’re planning to attend a mushroom festival, you must come prepared. Be sure to bring a basket or bag to collect any mushrooms you find and a knife or pair of scissors to cut them. You should also bring a bottle of water, a hat, and sunscreen to stay hydrated and protected from the sun.

Tips for Enjoying a Mushroom Festival

The most important thing when attending a mushroom festival is having fun. Make sure to take the time to explore the different activities and vendors and talk to other mushroom enthusiasts. Of course, it would help if you also took the time to sample some delicious mushroom dishes.

Attending a mushroom festival is a great way to learn about mushrooms and experience a unique cultural event. Whether you’re a mushroom enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out, mushroom festivals are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Schedule of Mushroom Festivals

It is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for mushroom festivals. The world is emerging from its hibernation, like a mushroom breaking through the forest floor. Join us as we explore mushroom festivals all over the world!

We have broken up the festivals by month:

January Mushroom Festivals

Big Sur Foragers Festival

Big Sur Mushroom Festival

When: Jan. 21, 2023
Where: Virtual and Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant
46800 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

The Big Sur Foragers Festival, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Big Sur Health Center, takes place this year in two parts. Due to wildfires and pandemic constraints, the Festival is virtual and in person.

The virtual experience allows a renowned chef to forage the pristine Big Sur area for mushrooms, which are sent out to attendees a few days before the event. Attendees can pair the mushrooms with a wine and cheese selection and enjoy preparing them with the chef.

In-person guided foraging forays are scheduled at Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant. The Festival benefits the Big Sur Health Center.


February Mushroom Festivals

Wild Mushroom Fair at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Wild Mushroom Fair at the South Coast Botanic Garden

When: Sunday, February 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 2023
Where: South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

The South Coast Botanic Garden will host the annual Wild Mushroom Fair in February this year. The specifics are still being worked out.


April Mushroom Festivals

Mansfield Mushroom & Market Festival

Mansfield Mushroom & Market Festival

When: April – Date Pending
Where: Mansfield VillageMansfield, IN 47872 United States (map)

The 24th annual Mushroom Festival and Car Show will be held at Mansfield Village in April. Over the course of the weekend, there is a live mushroom auction, a contest, live music, a car display, and delicious food!

Discover all that Mansfield Village has to offer, including your favorite restaurants like the Bar and Grill, Our Back Porch, Country Store Chicken & Noodles, and Sati Babi, as well as dozens of vendors. The historic Mansfield Village Roller Mill will be open for FREE tours courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources.


Mountain Mushroom Festival

When: April 2023 dates pending
Where: 108 S Court St, Irvine, KY 40336

The Mountain Mushroom Festival celebrates Appalachian culture with the morel mushroom and KY agate (state rock of Kentucky), Daniel Boone National Forest, the Kentucky River, mountains, and handicrafts. The Festival includes agate hunts, a 5k run, mushroom cooking demonstrations, mushroom hunting contests, live performances including cloggers, and a parade.


Pere Marquette Mushroom Festival

Mushroom Festivals

When: Sunday, April 23, 2023 – 11:00 AM 3:00 PM
Where: Pere Marqutte State Park Lodge
13653 Lodge BoulevardGrafton, IL, 62037United States (map)

Come and learn everything there is to know about mushrooms while enjoying live music, shopping at the market, eating lunch in the restaurant, and tasting local wines. At 1:00 PM, the Great Morel Hunt will take place (weather and morel permitting). Join other local hunters as they search the terrain for these mouthwatering treats. Bring your discoveries back to The Lodge so you may enter to win a fantastic reward! You might get a free night’s stay if you find the smallest morel, the biggest morel, or the most morels.


May Mushroom Festivals

National Morel Mushroom Festival

Mushroom Festivals in Michigan

When: Fri, May 19
Where: Veteran’s Park
319 North Lake Street
Boyne City, MI 49712

In Northern Michigan, springtime heralds the emergence of new vegetation and wildflowers and the season for morel mushrooms. Northern Michigan is an excellent location for morel hunting, and at this time of year, much discourse centers on the “hidden spot” and the weight of the delectable mushrooms discovered there.

In Northern Michigan, morels are so well-liked that a festival is held to honor them. Hundreds of mushroom enthusiasts from all over the country attend this Boyne City event in search of that elusive delicacy—the magnificent morel. Morel mushrooms can be found in adjacent woods and clearings, and during the festival, hunters head to Northern Michigan woods to compete for the top award for the most.


Houby Days

Houby days

When: May – 2023 Dates TBA
Where: Czech, Village
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Czech Village holds a spring celebration, Houby Days, to honor its history and culture. The Czech pronunciation of this word is “HOE-bee,” which translates to “mushroom.” The festival includes a car show, a children’s carnival, vendors, a parade, an egg and mushroom breakfast, live music, and children’s games.


Mesick Mushroom Festival

Mescik Mushroom Festival

When: Friday, May 12th – 14th, 2023
Where: Mesick, Michigan
49668, United States

Mesick, Michigan, is the “mushroom capital of the United States.” The Mesick Lions have put on the mushroom festival every mother’s day since 1959. The festival boasts many activities, from a Glow Run to arts and crafts, a carnival, and a car show. There is varied lodging available from the KOA to the Mushroom Cap Motel! Home of some of the best morel mushrooms of Michigan, join the hunt and enjoy some tasty morels!

People from all over the country flock to Mescik to participate in the festivities and enjoy the unique festival. The event is a great way to learn about the local culture while also having a great time. It is one of the longest-running and most established festivals in the United States.

The sky is the limit for quality family-friendly activities, fun, finds, fast thrills, and food at our great hometown festival.” -Mesick Mushroom Festival.


MOREL MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

MOREL MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

When: May 2023 date tba
Where: Brown County State Park Nature Center
1810 State Road 46 East
Nashville, IN 47448 United States

Brown County State Park Nature Center hosts a fun day dedicated to the beautiful morels of spring! Along with morel mushroom hikes and a naturalist discussion, there is a morel mushroom sale with over 100 pounds of morels available for purchase. Learn more.


Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras

42nd Annual Morgan Hill Mushroom Festival,

When: May 27-28, 2023
Where: 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill   

The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide a fun and enjoyable family festival with a focus on promoting the mushroom and informing consumers about its health benefits. The organization also provides financial awards to high school seniors who reside within the boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District.


June Mushroom Festivals

Knoxville Mushroom Festival

Knoxville Mushroom Festival

When: June 18, 2022
Where: 1004 Sevier Ave, Knoxville, Tennesse
37920, United States

The Knoxville Mushroom Festival is being put on by Everything Mushrooms on Sevier Avenue in association with regional businesses. There will be great music, merchants selling unique foods and items made from mushrooms, and everything you need to produce them.


August Mushroom Festivals

Mushroom & Wine Festival at Purgatory

Mushroom & Wine Festival at Purgatory

When: August 2023 dates pending
Where: Purgatory Resort
1 Skier Place
Durango, CO 81301

The Mushroom and Wine Festival was established as a result of the profusion of wild mushrooms in the woodland region next to the Purgatory Resort. It now ranks among the most well-known summer activities in Durango.

The main focus of this festival is to highlight mushrooms and wine pairings through the culinary talent of some of Durango’s best restaurants. The two-day event will be broken up into halves, and tickets can be purchased separately for each segment. The annual festival will take place in the Purgatory Resort in Durango on Friday, August 19, and Saturday, August 20, 2022.


Mushroom Mania Festival

Mushroom Mania Festival

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2022 from 10am-5pm
Where: Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.

Mushrooms are one of the most important organisms in our ecosystem. They decompose, nourish, heal, and they can be deadly. For some, they are a tasty delicacy. For others, something you’re made to eat. Join the Adirondack Experience this summer for a fun-filled, family-friendly festival all about fungi.


Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival, Eagle, CO

Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival, Eagle, CO

When: August 5-7, 2022
Where: Eagle, Colorado

Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival will be returning to our small Western Slope town. It’s going to have notable national experts in mushroom and wild food foraging, cuisine, cultivation, preservation, and adventuring.This is a two-day event to learn about these topics in detail.



Telluride Mushroom Festival – August 16th – 20th, 2023

When: August 16-21, 2023
Where: Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, United States

Telluride Mushroom Festival is famous for its array of unique and lively events. The festival features a variety of talks from over 30 speakers. Entheogenic Gourd Circles, Open Mic Night and MycoLicious are just some of the activities on offer.


September Mushroom Festivals

GEORGIA MUSHROOM FESTIVAL & JAM

GEORGIA MUSHROOM FESTIVAL & JAM

When: Friday, September 30- October 1, 2023
Where: JAM LOCATION, CAVE SPRING, GA 30124

The three-day Georgia Mushroom Festival combines activism, art, cuisine, and music with mushroom education. It’s a chance to forget about your week’s troubles while taking in our educational program, our bands, and the satisfaction of belonging to a community.


Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

When: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Where: State St, Kennett Square, PA 19348

With 100,00 visitors over the two-day Street Fair, The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a blast! The Mushroom Festival honors the mushroom, mushroom farms, and Kennett Square, the world’s mushroom capital. Visitors to the festival may enjoy a range of meals, including mushrooms, such as fried mushrooms, mushroom soup, and many more dishes, as well as learn about the mysterious and fascinating process of mushroom production.

Mass Mushroom Festival

When: September 14
Where: Mycoterra Mushroom Farm, 75 Stillwater rd Deerfield MA

Mass Mushroom Festival offers Mushroom supplements, growing mushrooms, and eating mushrooms. It is a free festival that helps the community enhance their lives.


October Mushroom Festivals

Yachats Mushroom Festival

Yachats Mushroom Festival

When: October – 2023 Dates TBA
Where: Yachats OR

Join the small town of Yachats for its annual Mushroom Festival to celebrate wild mushrooms and the fun they provide. Find vendors selling fresh local mushrooms, tour a mushroom farm, and sample gourmet mushroom dishes at local restaurants and breweries, along with mushroom-themed arts & crafts and activities for all.


Alabama Mushroom Festival

Alabama Mushroom Festival

When: October – 2023 TBA
Where: Lake Howard in Sylacauga, Alabama.
Address 850 Boat Dock Lane,
Sylacauga, AL 35150

Mushroom lovers unite! You won’t miss this fun, educational and exciting weekend event hunting for mushrooms in Alabama. Vendors offering a variety of goods will be present, along with excursions led by experts and enthusiasts, lectures, talks, demonstrations, mushroom dishes, and more. So find your favorite mushroom, nibble on some delicious fungi dishes, and learn how the Alabama Mushroom Festival can help you identify mushrooms in the area.


Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival

Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival
When: October 29th (tentative 2023 date)
Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
34901 Frank Parrish Road
Eugene OR 97405

The Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival is one the largest mushroom festivals on the west coast. A vast mushroom display with information on hundreds of regional species! Live music, a collection of both poisonous and edible mushrooms, and locally led nature walks.


Fungus Festival!

Fungus Festival!

When: October 23
Where: Urban Farm

The New York Mycological Society sponsors the Fungus Festival! It’s a celebration of a different kind where you can expect to see things you’ve never seen before. The Fungus Festival is an annual event that aims to spread awareness of how unique and diverse these organisms are. The event is also an opportunity for amateur mycologists, fungus enthusiasts, and ecology students to meet up with one another, share new information, and perhaps create new friendships.


THE TEXAS MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

THE TEXAS MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

When: OCTOBER
Where: MADISONVILLE, TX

The Texas Mushroom Festival serves as a platform for highlighting the advantages of a shared link between the citizens, organizations, government, and companies that make up our community.


November Mushroom Festivals

Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival

Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival

When: Nov. 4-5, 2023
Where: Salmon Run Golf Course and Event Center
99040 South Bank Chetco River Rd.,
Brookings, OR

Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival showcases over 200 local varieties of mushrooms. Discover mushrooms, converse with others about them, sample them, shop for them, wear them, and even drink them!


Memphis Mushroom Festival

Memphis Mushroom Festival
When: November 3, 4, 5th, 2023
Where: Meeman-Shelby Forest Park
910 Riddick Rd, Millington, TN 38053

The Memphis Mushroom Festival serves as a symbol of growth and optimism for the mid-progressive South’s beliefs. The Memphis Mushroom Festival is an effort to unify the mid-south to celebrate and improve the relationship with sustainability and healthy foods and support the legalization of all plant medicines. Additionally, the aim is to understand better plant medicines’ benefits in a region that needs them most.


Mushroom festivals are a great way to learn about mushrooms, their culture, and how they can be used in everyday life. From cooking demonstrations to mushroom-picking contests, these festivals provide a unique opportunity to explore the world of mushrooms. Attendees can also purchase fresh and dried mushroom products, attend lectures and seminars, and even take guided foraging walks.

Most mushroom festivals also include educational activities for children, such as mushroom painting, scavenger hunts, and more. The end of a mushroom festival typically consists of a banquet featuring dishes made with mushrooms and live music, dancing, and other entertainment.

We hope you enjoyed our review of mushroom festivals!

2 thoughts on “Mushroom Festivals 2023”

  1. I love the magic and empowering life of the all mushrooms… I Thank Mushrooms for the patients they have with the human species!
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