MSSF Annual Fungus Fair

MSSF records of fungi collected at the beginning of December date back to 1972. These records constitute a 46-year continuous record of early winter fungal diversity in the SF Bay Area. This historical information may become an important contribution to science as climate change affects our local ecosystems.
More information can be found on the MSSF Calendar about collecting forays, and upcoming events

In the San Francisco Bay Area, when the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini, fungus lovers head to the Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms.
  • Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: San Francisco Fair Building, next to the Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave (at Lincoln)
  • SF County Fair Building
  • Parking & Public Transit Information
  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed inside the SF County Fair Building, with the exception of service/guide dogs (City Ordinance 603-81, Park Code 5.02).
  • Tickets will go on sale in October 2019. Early-bird discount tickets will be available until November 30, 2019 from EventBrite.
    Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
    Eventbrite - 49th annual MSSF Fungus Fair ‒ December 8 2019
  • Hands-on activities at the Fungus Fair include crafts, mushroom dyes, and do-it-your-self mushroom growing kits.

    We have many educational tables on varied subjects such as:
    - Identification table - bring your specimens to find out what you found!
    - medicinal mushrooms
    - myco-remediation
    - cultivation
    - ecology
    - lichens
    - psychedelic fungi
    - toxicology

    - microscopes and spore prints

    There will be a naturalistic woodland display and tables with more than 300 identified species of locally collected fungi.

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The Fair provides information on the uses and abuses of fungi, with displays and exhibits on ecology, toxicology, and cultivation. Arrays of identification tables display locally collected mushrooms. Campsite gourmands learn how to serve up the safe and scrumptious species through identification tutorials, cooking demonstrations, and sales of recipe books, soups, snacks, and fresh edibles. Watch renowned Bay Area chefs prepare dishes like matsutakes & roasted cauliflower in coriander cream or sautéed caramel candy cap pears.

KQED ran this spot regarding the 2010 Fair:
One day each December, Bay Area mushroom lovers fan out and collect fungi of all shapes and colors. They then display their finds at the Mycological Society of San Francisco's annual Fungus Fair. QUEST tags along with fair organizer J.R. Blair and his San Francisco State University students as they collect mushrooms in San Francisco's McLaren Park. Then we tour the fair in Berkeley to explore the Bay Area's tasty, dangerous and weirdly wonderful fungi.

Past Fairs

The Mycological Society of San Francisco has been hosting 1 or 2 Fungus Fairs each year since 1969. Fairs have been held in San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Marin County. Historical information is available about previous Fungus Fairs: