About this Event
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!
Get ready for our second annual Fungus Festival, organized by , in partnership with .
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!
Kids are welcome - there will be lots of kid-friendly activities!
Feel free to bring fungi for identification by experts.
Please register for this free event to receive updates on Festival programming and to be informed about registration for walks and workshops!
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.
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. Check them out at the Festival!
Biotech Without Borders, Bronx River Alliance, Catskill Fungi, Cornell Small Farms - Community Mushroom Educators Program Cove Mountain Mycology, CURB / Stuy Cove Park, Fungal Diversity Survey, Fungi Foundation, Green-Wood Cemetery, Immorel, James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, Kelly Street Garden, Latino Outdoors, 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 Nixtamal, The Interbeing Project.
A schedule of workshops, presenters and activities will be announced in September. Stay tuned!
How to get there
The Festival will once again take place at the Randall's Island Urban Farm. Find out more about transit options here.
Reserve your T-shirt
Last year's limited edition T-shirt was a smash hit and sold out immediately. To help us order the right amount of T-shirts fill in this brief form and we'll make sure you'll receive ordering information as soon as we reveal our limited edition artist-designed Fungus Festival to the world!
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
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Randall's Island Urban Farm, Wards Meadow Loop, New York, United States