MSSF Annual Fungus Fair
A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms

Save the Date! Saturday, December 16, 2023

El Camino High School

1320 Mission Rd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

2023 Fungus Fair Art

The Mycological Society of San Francisco Fungus Fair includes the latest collection of expertly identified fungi collected in various locations in the Bay Area. These annual collections constitute a 50-year record of the early winter fungal diversity in our area. This historical information may become an important contribution to science as climate change affects our local ecosystems.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, when the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini, fungus lovers head to the Fungus Fair.

  • Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
  • Time: 10:30am to 5:30pm
  • Location: El Camino High School 1320 Mission Rd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • Creative and hands-on mushroom activities for people of all ages.
  • Lectures: David Arora, Alan Rockefeller, Christian Schwarz, Roberto Flores Arzu, Elsa Vellinga, Cat Adams, Dr. Kathryn Meier
  • Workshops: Christian Schwarz, JR Blair, Jack Laws, Eleana Hsu, Wilder Herbertson [Workshops requires a separate add-on ticket , in addition to your general admission ticket.]
  • Naturalistic displays of more than 300 species of locally collected fungi
  • Identification table - bring your specimens to find out the species!
  • Educational tables on varied subjects such as medicinal mushrooms, myco-remediation, cultivation, ecology, psychedelic fungi, dyes from fungi, toxicology, edible mushrooms, and more...
  • Microscopes and spore prints
  • Vendors with fun mushroom products
  • Mingle and meet other mushroom loving people
  • Come and try a bowl of delicious mushroom soup
  • Book signing by the authors

Workshop and lecture schedule for Dec 2023 Fair
Creative & Hands-on Options at the Dec 2023 Fair

Hands-on activities include crafts and do-it-yourself mushroom growing kits.
We have many educational tables on varied subjects such as:
- Identification table - bring your specimens to find out what you have found!
- medicinal mushrooms
- myco-remediation
- cultivation
- ecology
- lichens
- psychoactive fungi
- toxicology 

- microscopes and spore prints

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

The Fair provides information on the uses and abuses of fungi, with displays and exhibits on ecology, toxicology, and cultivation. The mushroom display tables will have an array of several hundred identified specimens of locally collected mushrooms from the forays that took place on the two days preceding the fair.

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: