Fungus Fair at Louden Nelson!

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Dates and Times for this Past Event

  • Sunday, Jan 12, 2020  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, Jan 11, 2020  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday, Jan 10, 2020  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM



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The Fungus Fair is held each year in January in Santa Cruz at the Louden Nelson Community Center.

This three day event features hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion, and draws thousands of visitors each year. The Fair showcases speakers, a special Kids' Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi you find. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies.

Did you know that without fungus, we’d have no bread, cheese, beer, or wine? Or that anti-cholesterol medicine was developed from mushrooms? Come to the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of mushrooms.

This unique Santa Cruz tradition features fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms; the Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including fungus exploration tables, clay mushroom building, face painting, and more!