NYC Fungus Festival 2023
Get ready for our second Fungus Festival, organized by the New York Mycological Society in partnership with Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
Date and time: Sunday, October 15 · 11am – 3pm EDT
Location: Randall’s Island Urban Farm, Wards Meadow Loop New York, NY 10035
The time has come, the myceliation is almost complete, and soon there will emerge the greatest fungal festival ever to fruit in New York City!
This year we have a huge flush of fungal partners, presenters and volunteers! We are excited to celebrate the city’s mycelial network, and showcase the breadth of mycological creativity here in New York City.
Come explore diverse displays and programs at the intersection of community art and science, including identification tables of wild mushrooms from the New York area, art and cultivation workshops and activities, lectures, yoga, tastings, urban farms, food vendors, costume corner, games and so much more.
This festival is free and open to all!
Please register for this free event to receive updates on Festival programming and to be informed about registration for walks and workshops!
Consider a small, optional donation at the checkout to support our work building community around fungi through events like these.
Kids are welcome – there will be lots of kid-friendly activities!
We suggest visitors bring picnic blankets – there’s plenty of room to spread out – as well as their own water bottles to save money and the environment.
Feel free to bring fungi for identification by experts.
Fingers crossed, the rain gods bless us with a clear day since this outdoor festival is rain or shine.
Partners at the event
We’re proud to partner with a wonderful array of mushroom-loving organizations all of whom will offer activities and information. This includes several mushroom-themed food options. Check them out at the Festival!
Biotech Without Borders, Black Yogis, Bronx River Alliance, Buunni Coffee, Catskill Fungi, Cornell Small Farms – Community Mushroom Educators Program, CURB / Stuy Cove Park, Fungal Diversity Survey, Fungi Foundation, Green-Wood Cemetery, Immorel, James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, Kelly Street Garden, Latino Outdoors, Liberation Flow, Matylda’s Food, MiOhMy Farms, Museo del Hongo, Mushroom Queens, NYC Parks GreenThumb, NYU Mycology Group, POC Psychedelic Collective, Randall’s Island Urban Farm, Smallhold , Tania’s Kitchen, Taqueria NixtamalThe Interbeing Project.
A schedule of workshops, presenters and activities will be announced in September. Stay tuned!
How to get there
Register your interest in our artist-designed limited edition Festival T-shirt
Last year’s limited edition T-shirt was a smash hit and sold out immediately. To find out more about this year’s artist-designed shirt and to help us order the right amount of T-shirts please fill in this form.
About our Festival flyer
Check out our amazing official festival flyer created and organized by NYMS member Lindsay Robbins, art teacher and co-founder of NYC Nature Drawing Club from last year’s festival. Lindsay hosted a free fungus drawing workshop at Hunters Point Queens Public Library this past Spring and collected 35 fungi drawings from participants of all ages (some as young as kindergarten!). She then worked to unify the drawings into a singular image for the flyer as well as a collaborative zine booklet to showcase the artwork in greater detail. The flyer and zine were finalized in color and risograph printed at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts this summer, with the help of a Crossed Purposes scholarship gifted by EFA. Robbins hopes to have special edition risograph prints of the flyer and zine at the Festival!
About the New York Mycological Society
The New York Mycological Society is New York City’s very own mushroom club and open to anyone with an interest in fungi. The club was founded 61 years ago by avantgarde composer John Cage and friends. Our 1,400+ members enjoy walks every weekend, ID session, lectures, workshops and much more. Our mission is to document the amazing fungal diversity in New York City’s parks for science and conservation and create greater awareness for the wonderful world of fungi.
About the Randall’s Island Park Alliance
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers.
This year’s festival was led and designed by Sneha Ganguly @Kali_MushroomsBuy tickets/get more info now